Afraid to Disciple?

Woman in Fear How would you respond if someone asked you to disciple her? Would you be excited and shout, “YES!” or would it strike fear in your heart? What would I do with her? Where would I begin? I don’t even know what that means.

One of the questions I am often asked as the Women’s Ministry director at my church is, “Can you show me what to do with someone who wants me to disciple her?” I find that many want to disciple others, but they don’t feel confident in doing so. Perhaps you are feeling that way. You don’t know how to begin or what to do, or you are concerned that you may be asked a question that you won’t know how to answer.

It’s normal to have some apprehension and fears in discipling others. I understand the fears because I have had them myself. As a result, I put together a three-part study called Building Your Spiritual Toolbox for our Women’s Bible Study and for anyone who wants to learn how to disciple someone and to gain confidence in doing so. Building Your Spiritual Toolbox will give you the tools to disciple others and walk you through how to use these tools. Some of these tools are available on the Free Resources page. The entire Building Your Spiritual Toolbox (3 volumes) is available on my Bible Studies page.

Some of these tools may be review for you; others may be something new. Hopefully, they will spur you on as you move forward in your own spiritual journey and give you confidence to help someone grow deeper in her walk with the Lord.

I’m so thankful for the women who have discipled me and helped me grow in my walk with God. I want to do the same for others.

What do you think holds people back from discipling others?

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