Disciple-Making Leaders Advanced Track

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2018 European Disciple-Making Leaders Network: Advanced Track

This Network builds on the foundation laid by the Foundational Disciple-Making Network through expanding content depth as well as providing a keen focus on practical application in disciple-making ministries in the local context.

We will help envision, equip, and encourage you as a leader for making disciples. While Jesus’ command to make disciples is straightforward, the practice of it can be quite complex and require clear insight, skill, and understanding as well as plenty of support from fellow practitioners. Our vision is that Christ would multiply your disciple-making leadership to many others and thus impact Europe with the transforming power of the gospel. At the end of our time, you will have working knowledge of central discipleship content and its application. These in-depth discipleship principles include transparency, accountability, multiplication, and imitating Christ.

In order to attend this network, you must already be discipling others or be willing to commit to lead others in discipleship relationship and be held accountable to that work over the next year.  Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.


Jay Eastman was born and raised in the US, attending The Ohio State University for undergraduate and graduate school. He has degrees in English and English education. He is married to Holly and they have three lively and often lovely children. He has taught English around the world and has served in former East Berlin as an evangelist, discipler and church planting facilitator with Mission to the World (MTW) since 2001. Jay also serves as an MTW team leader and European director of ongoing education and professional development for MTW employees and partners. He also serves as a consultant with Global Training and Development, providing strategic innovation and implementation for cross-cultural ministries.


Emanuel Țundrea grew up in communist Romania, but the faith of his parents had a huge impact on him. As a student he was involved in discipleship and during those years his student groups grew from 2 colleagues to more than 50. In 2001, he joined the staff at Emanuel University of Oradea where he is serving now. He completed his PhD in software engineering in conjunction with University of Nice, France, and then he earned his MA in Pastoral Theology in Oradea. He is also currently serving as pastor of “Emanuel” Baptist Church of Tinca. Both his involvement in academics and in the church aim to evangelise and mature disciples for Christ. He is married to Nadia and has three boys.




Andrzej Bajeński serves as the head of the Church of Christ in Poland and oversees 40 churches and multiple fellowships on their way to formalizing into new churches.  Under his pastoral leadership, Pulawska Church of Warsaw grew to become the largest evangelical church in Poland. Pulawska was the first to go multi-site and has since multiplied churches throughout the greater Warsaw area. Just over 12 years ago, Andrzej transitioned the leadership of Puławska Church to his assistant pastors so that his time could be spent helping revitalize struggling churches throughout Poland, developing church leadership, and planting new churches. He created ProEcclesia: Center for Church Development which is paving the way for a movement of discipleship and church planting. Andrzej lives in Warsaw, Poland with his wife Urszula. He and Urszula have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. 


Jim Cecy is a regular speaker at the European Leadership Forum. He serves as Senior Pastor-Teacher of Campus Bible Church in Fresno, California. Jim is also founder and President of JARON Ministries International, a training ministry for Christian leaders in the U.S. and abroad. He has a Masters of Divinity in Bible Exposition from Talbot Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from Western Seminary. He is a conference and seminar speaker for hundreds of churches, schools, seminars, conference centers, Christian groups, and denominations in U.S. and abroad. Jim is the author of Mastering the Scriptures: A Self-Study Course in Effective Bible Study.  He has been married for almost forty-five years and has ten grandchildren and three foster-grandchildren.


Karon Cecy has been married to Pastor Jim Cecy for over forty years and together they have raised three children and have had twenty-three foster-children. Besides her four decades of local church ministry as a pastor’s wife, she has served as a children’s ministry director and women’s counsellor. Karon has also been actively involved in counselling and discipling ministry wives in the U.S. and abroad. 



Josef Pavliňák has been serving university students in the highly atheistic country of the Czech Republic for over 30 years with a ministry called Integrity Life, and he serves there as the director. His heart is to reach out to the students in Central Europe with the gospel, disciple those who become Christians, and develop leadership potential in those who are called to become leaders. Josef has a degree in civil engineering from Brno Technical University. He has lived in the Czech Republic all of his life and is married to his best friend and ministry partner Danka, and they have two adult children – Dominika and Daniel.


Ed Welch holds a PhD in counselling psychology with a neuro-psychology specialty from the University of Utah, as well as an MDiv from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed has been counselling and teaching at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. for over thirty years and has written many books and articles on biblical counselling including, When People Are Big and God Is Small, Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave, Depression, Running Scared, Shame, Interrupted, and Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love. He and his wife, Sheri, have two married daughters and eight grandchildren. In his spare time Ed enjoys hanging out with his wife and extended family, and playing his guitar.





Day 1

The Gospel Impact for Discipleship
Jay Eastman

To start this network, we will introduce the vision and learning objectives of our time together, as well as explain the significance of the learning community approach and its catalyzing effect in discipleship. Then the group will hear and discuss Christ’s gospel as the living water and bread of life that forms and fuels discipleship. The group will also have time to get to know one another through sharing discipleship experiences and challenges.


The Content of Discipleship
Andrzej Bajenski

This session covers the "what" of disciple-making. You’ll be introduced not only to the key areas of discipleship knowledge, but also enjoy the rich depth gained from decades of disciple-making. Every participant will have a full and solid operating base of what content areas should be covered when working with others to grow them in Christ. 

Day 2

The Dynamics of Discipleship
Emanuel Tundrea 

In this session we'll look at the "how" of disciple-making. We will go through the ins and outs of how to start and guide a discipleship meeting. We'll look at the strengths of one-on-one meetings, small groups, and large classes. We'll also cover issues of duration, frequency, and setting the tone for each meeting. Time will be reserved for asking questions about how discipleship could look in your own context.


Paramount Discipleship Principle I: Transparency Leading to Accountability
Jim Cecy

In this session we will hear about the crucial element of transparency. We will consider how our identity in Christ allows us to be honest with our growth progress and struggles and to have enough trust to ask one another hard questions without shame. 

Day 3

Paramount Discipleship Principle II: Multiplication
Josef Pavliňák 

The gospel accounts are very clear about what the main job of Jesus in His years on Earth was : He came to love and save the people of the world to His Father, and his method was to make disciples. In the Great Commission, which is a great summary of His life, He told his disciples to go and multiply their lives in others. And they did.

But what about us, His followers in the 21st century? Why can it be so rare today to see disciple-making disciples? We will try to identify Biblical principles of making multiplying disciples, give real life examples of how they can be applied today, and start thinking about what it may look like in our own situation.

Overcoming Challenges and Facing the Unknowns
Jay Eastman, Emanuel Tundrea, Jim Cecy, Karon Cecy

Every disciple-making leader has times where certain challenges of discipleship have no obvious answers. We will look at some particularly troubling questions such as, “Why didn’t this person or group multiply?” and “What’s happening when a person is interested but shows no growth over time?” as well as working through present-day problems from participants in the network. The group will also use this information to springboard into writing a strategic discipleship plan to apply at home.

Day 4

Paramount Discipleship Principle III: Imitating Christ
Ed Welch

Christian discipleship seeks to lead and to shape the whole heart. We are more than ‘brains on sticks’ and true discipleship seeks the formation of the whole person. But what is the biblical understanding of the heart? And how does it accord with what we learn from modern psychology and the neurosciences? In this seminar we explore how we may harness these insights to help each other to grow more fully in Christ. 


Strategic Discipleship Plans and Learning Cohorts
Jay Eastman 

In this last session together, you will finish writing your strategic discipleship plans and share them with the group, who will give encouragement and feedback on clarifying and strengthening your plan. We will also form cohort groups to keep one another accountable to the plans we have made and spur each other on throughout the year.


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