Disciple-Making Leaders Advanced Track

2019 European Disciple-Making Leaders Network: Advanced Track

This network builds on the foundation laid by the Foundational Disciple-Making Leaders Network through expanding content depth and drawing connections 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 disciple making, because 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 critical areas of discipleship content from people who have great experience and expertise. You will also have a clear plan of action to apply this wisdom and its facets to genuinely impact those with whom you work locally.  

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.

 

NETWORK LEADERS

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.

 

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.

 

NETWORK SPEAKERS

Larry Anderson is senior pastor at North Bible Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has a MAT and Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.  Larry started his ministry career with Young Life International and left as Senior Vice President in 2004. Later that year Larry and his wife, Gina, moved back to Arizona to serve in the church. He continues to teach courses for Fuller and support younger pastors and leaders.  Larry and Gina have been married for forty-two years. They have three sons who are all pastors and nine grandchildren.

 

Pablo Martinez was a European Leadership Forum steering committee member for more than 10 years. He currently works as a psychiatrist at a private practice in Barcelona. He has also developed a wide ministry as a counsellor and itinerant speaker. He has been a plenary Bible teacher in more than 30 countries. He served as one of the vice-presidents of the International Christian Medical and Dental Association (ICMDA). He filled the role of President of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (1999-2009) and Professor of Pastoral Psychology at the Spanish Theological Seminary for seven years. His books have been published in 14 languages. His most recent works (to be launched in summer 2018) are Mad or God?: Jesus, the Healthiest Mind of All (Inter-Varsity Press, England, co-authored with Prof. Andrew Sims) and Take Care of Yourself: Survive and Thrive in Ministry (Hendrickson Publishers & Lausanne Movement). For more information see http://www.christian-thought.org

 

Greg Ogden retired from professional church leadership in 2012 and now lives out his passion of speaking, teaching, and writing about the disciple-making mission of the church. Most recently Greg served as Executive Pastor of Discipleship at Christ Church of Oak Brook, Illinois in the Chicago western suburbs. From 1998-2002, Greg held the position of Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Fuller Theological Seminary and Associate Professor of Lay Equipping and Discipleship. Prior to coming to Fuller, Greg enjoyed 24 years in pastoral ministry. He is the author of six books including Essential Guide to Becoming a Disciple (Intervarsity Press, 2016); Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time (Intervarsity Press, 2016); The Essential Commandment: A Guide to Loving God and Others (InterVarsity Press, 2011); Discipleship Essentials: A Guide to Building Your Life in Christ (InterVarsity Press, 2007).  Dr. Ogden is a principal partner in a new ministry entitled the Global Discipleship Initiative (GDI). GDI trains, coaches, and inspires pastors and Christian leaders to establish indigenous, multiplying, disciplemaking networks, both nationally and internationally. globaldi.org

 

 

 

NETWORK PROGRAMME

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 and the impact it has. The group will also have time to get to know one another through sharing discipleship experiences and challenges. Then the group will hear and discuss Christ’s gospel as the living water and bread of life that forms and fuels discipleship.
 

The Root of Multiplication
Josef Pavliňák

Making other disciple-makers consists of growing in others what has shaped us in the image and example of Christ. This session will look at what is formed in our own selves at the radical, or root, level so that as we teach others it will penetrate to their very core and heart and not stay at the surface of behavior.

 



Day 2

Session to be announced

 

Four Conditions for Optimising Transformation
Greg Ogden

Gospel transformation happens best when we...

  • open our hearts in transparent trust to each other
  • around the truth of God’s word
  • in the spirit of life-change accountability
  • while engaged in our God-designed mission

...we are in the Holy Spirit’s hothouse of transformation.

The hothouse or greenhouse effect creates the optimum setting for accelerated growth. The micro group (3s and 4s) brings together the above four conditions and therefore releases the power of the Holy Spirit to transform and multiply disciples. In this session, we will explore each of these four elements and show how when they converge together bring about transformation into Christlikeness and lead to impact upon the world around us.

 



Day 3

The Disciple-Making Leader’s Life
Larry Anderson

The purpose of this session is to provide resources for the long-term personal growth and leadership of a Christian Disciple-Making Leader by taking a close look at Philippians 2 and giving ourselves a regular checkup with the truth and grace contained therein. The content will be built around the premise of the  80/20 Rule of Ministry. Ministry is 80% invisible.  Who you are in Christ is more important than anything you do. Your planning and your preparation will determine the effectiveness of the 20% everyone sees. 
 

Discipleship of the Whole Person
Pablo Martinez

Discipleship is much more than an intellectual exercise – this session looks at discipleship in how the truth and love of Christ redeems thought, decisions, feelings, and interpersonal relationships.
 



Day 4

Overcoming Challenges and Facing the Unknowns
Jay Eastman, Josef
Pavliňák, Larry Anderson and Greg Ogden

Every disciple-making leader has times where certain challenges of discipleship have no obvious answers. We'll 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 you in the network. The group will also use this information to springboard into writing a strategic discipleship plan to apply back at home.
 

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've made and spur each other on throughout the year. 

 

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