by St John Eyre/ November 4, 2014
I watched a documentary the other day on the building of the Taj Mahal. It was built as a testament of love. Twenty-one years in the making—an investment in time, money, and purpose. It has stood for over 350 years as it continues to carry the vision of its originator.
As a leader of children, God is trusting you to guide them in their early years. Like the visionary behind the Taj Mahal, I want to make a lasting impression that will stand for a lifetime in these children’s lives. It will take years of investment, opportunities, faith, prayer, and instructions if we are to be successful.
Building a disciple is a process that requires a vision and a solid plan. I first set my vision by defining what I wanted a first-grade child to be when they turned 21. What values should they have grasped? What impact do we want them to make in our church, community, and world? That vision became my goal. Then I started asking God to help me lay out the blueprints for the discipleship journey from childhood to adulthood.
I wanted them to:
Coming from a business background I was familiar with a term called ROI—Return On Investment. I felt certain that there would be some type of return down the road for my investments made today.
I use a pipeline model in discipleship. I have worked very closely with our youth and young adults ministry leaders to develop an ongoing disciple program. It will be many years before a child may return back to children’s ministry to serve as a leader. As I write this article I’m excited to share that one of my first graduates from my Servant Leader group will be leading worship at summer kids camp next year—ROI!
Here is a snapshot of our disciple blueprint:
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