FOLLOW UP is a resource for how to disciple those who have experienced an Access Ministry. Access Ministry demonstrates the love of God in practical, personal, and helpful ways. It can include traditional ministries like food distribution, educational help, medical care, agricultural aid, or business assistance. It can also include creative expressions of God's love such as providing seasonal clothing, supplying furniture, hospital visits, or even picking up trash. Follow Up consists of three steps.
Make personal contact with the person(s) who experienced the Access Ministry. If the first contact requires a phone call, text or email, try to get to personal interaction as soon as possible. Otherwise, make the first contact personal. Explain that you are part of the Follow Up team associated with the specific Access ministry they encountered. Be ready to state your purpose in a concise manner. For instance, "Hi, my name is ______________ and this is _____________. We're part of the Follow Up team with Good Sam food distribution ministry. We just stopped by to see how we might encourage and serve you." Avoid the phrase "home visit." That's a term used by Social Services and can raise defenses instead of creating a welcoming atmosphere. Using the terms, encourage and serve, often generate openness.
Find out if the person might be a person of peace. We begin by asking the following questions, "Was the (whatever was given) been helpful?" And "Is there any way we can serve you better?" These may seem like obvious questions but they deepen the conversation and build trust. Then ask if they are receptive to prayer, willing to hear a Bible story. Then ask if they know others who would be encouraged to hear a Bible story from them. Learn more about these three steps (Pray, Share, Ask) as described in Prayer Walk.
Teach them about Discovery Bible Study (DBS), DBS Story Sets, and Discovery Group (DG).
Coach those who learn the tools. Ongoing coaching is critical to long term application. Without coaching multiplication won't occur. Coaching is that important. The two key principles of healthy coaching are equipping and encouragement. Doing whatever is necessary to help people move forward.
Form or join a coaching group that meets at least twice a month. Get involved with a team of people who are passionate about making disciples through Access ministry.
Train by modeling. The best way to learn is to experience Follow Up personally. Pair experienced people with rookies. Debrief in pairs after each Follow Up session. Ask what was learned. Give new comers the chance to lead as soon as they are ready. Be willing to jump in and help out when and where needed. Debrief as a group after the entire Follow Up event. Gather for a meal and share God stories, dialogue about issues, and pray.
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