A disciple is someone who learns and who applies and practices what they are learning. It’s a lot like an apprenticeship.
Making apprentices of Jesus who grow into living and ministering more like Jesus is part of your job. (See Matthew 28, for example.)
When you go to minister, take a partner. If you can’t take one, find one on the way or where you are going to minister. Ask them to partner with you.
Explain in advance what you intend to do and what you expect. Discuss afterwards how things went, so you both can review and learn. This is key to disciple making, by the way!
You can ask them to help you with practical details and to help things go more smoothly. Allow them to make a vital contribution this way.
When one of you talks, the other prays. This adds value to the ministry, and hugely. When someone else is praying for you, you can usually notice that you seem smarter, more inspired and more gifted. Do not deny this to the people you are ministering to. Have people pray for you and you pray for other people – see, this can be done in groups!
When you have a group present – ask the people to pray for you, to pray for the person ministering. That you follow Jesus better, and minister with love, faith and power even more effectively. This usually has very noticeable affects. It draws the group in. It helps them help minister to you. It multiplies the power of your ministry. Many effective minsters have people pray before, during and after ministry time. More effective ministry happens: the ministering person is more inspired and inspiring. More gifted. The power of Holy Spirit is more noticeable.
You may notice that you are doing some disciple making with the people in the group.
You can do this even when the group has non-Christians in it or when it’s entirely non-Christian. What a great way to plant seeds and to get people to share in ministry. Remember – when they are with you this way they are more likely for you and not against you and what you are doing.
Be a disciple. Learn and grow into being more like Jesus. Help others do the same – occasionally – and with some people on an ongoing basis.
It’s amazing how much you’ll learn by being a disciple maker.
And…you’ll notice that your life and ministry are never the same again, after you start making disciples – apprentices for Jesus – on purpose. What a great way to more easily and more quickly learn, grow, become a better disciple.