Model is the second step in the Train phase of local disciple-making.
- Modeling is showing someone how to do something. It's a visual demonstration of the tools and strategy of local disciple making. It involves showing disciples how to Teach (Establish, Mature, Challenge) and Tell (Engage, Inform and Invite).
- Modeling is essential. Disciples experience the "Now I get it" moment as they see the tools and strategy being implemented. Nothing substitutes for showing someone how do do something in order for full comprehension to take place. As someone said, "People can't be what they can't see." Just telling someone how to make disciples is insufficient.
- Modeling is how Jesus taught disciple-making. Jesus said, "Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people." Matthew 4:19 NLT. Jesus made disciples by showing his disciples how to make disciples. They learned by watching, not just by listening.
- Modeling is often neglected. Sadly, the crucial step of showing disciples how to make disciples is left out of the disciple-making process. When this happens the movement suffers. Disciples learn that just telling someone how to make disciples is sufficient. This produces unhealthy DNA that becomes the new norm for how disciples are made.
- Modeling is a process. Disciples are able to carry out disciple-making on their own as a result of the "I do it/you watch, you do it/I watch, you do it" process of modeling. The key is to stay with the modeling process until disciples are able to carry out the strategy and implement the tools on their own. Just modeling once is not sufficient.
- Modeling should occur on a weekly basis. By now, weekly meetings should be taking place. Keep the pace and shift from Teaching to Training. Meet any less than weekly and the Training process suffers from lack of momentum. More often and it can be hard to process what's being taught.
Step 1. Model the tools and strategy for Teach.
- It is very important to train disciples to Teach BEFORE training them how to Tell. Training to Tell before Teach can result in someone who gathers others, but does not know how to proceed. When this happens, disciple-making suffers. Often the process comes to a complete halt. First model Teach, by showing the disciples how to Establish, Mature and Challenge. This entails training them how to do One Thing studies, Discovery studies, Foundation studies.
Step 2. Model the tools and strategy for Tell.
- Just showing someone how to Teach is not sufficient. Disciples need to be shown how to Engage, Inform and Invite. Otherwise, the discipling process tends to remain "in house." Disciple making takes place but not outside the walls of the church. "Dry land training" (practicing in a classroom setting) has value, but nothing substitutes for "live fire" training. Taking disciples to a public place (campus, mall, etc.) to demonstrate Engage, Inform and Invite is very beneficial. Modeling can also occur over dinner in a home, at lunch at work or other social gathering such as a sporting event or "road trip."
Step 3. Move to Coach.