A Model for Making Disciples



1 Cor. 11:1: “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”


Much of discipleship is modeling the Christian life for the next generation of Christians. The typical process for modeling life and ministry is called the MAWL process which means to Model, Assist, Watch and Leave. These do not always happen in chronological order, but rather they tend to happen simultaneously with emphasis usually on one or two aspects.

How did you do with last week’s homework? Share with the group.

QUESTION: What are some ways that Jesus modeled ministry for His disciples?



In Luke 6:12-16, Jesus called his 12 disciples to himself. Read Luke 6:17-20. What are some things Jesus modeled for his disciples who were with Him?'


Read Luke 9:10-17. In this case, who would do most of the significant ministry…Jesus or his disciples?



Read Luke 9:1-6. Jesus told them to go do what? In this case, who would do most of the significant ministry…Jesus or his disciples? What are some things the disciples were to do that they had already seen in the ministry of Jesus (Ref. Luke 6:17-20)?



Read Luke 24:45-53. What did Jesus do when He “left” them? Did Jesus’ disciples have tools, a task and methods to do what God had called them to do? What is the “power” that would come upon them? Did Jesus “abandon” them?

Look at the diagram. Different emphasis is placed on different “modes” or “types” of discipleship. It is true that modeling, teaching and training occur during one-on-one discipleship, small group discipleship and large group discipleship, but during different times, different emphasis is placed.


Large group ministry:

This typically occurs at a worship service where a disciple is committed to a local church and the church gathers in larger numbers to hear biblical preaching and teaching as well as participate in meaningful worship through prayer, song and giving. The emphasis here is on teaching.

Small group ministry:

This typically occurs where the same disciple is committed to a local small group where the Bible is studied, discussed and applied in practical application so that he or she is equipped to do the ministry in which God has called him or her. It is in this setting that true loving biblical fellowship and accountability can take place. The emphasis here is on training.

One-on-one ministry:

This typically occurs where the same disciple is mentored by another more mature disciple where everyday Christian life is modeled. While there is teaching and training, the emphasis here is modeling life and ministry. This takes place until the disciple is able to mentor others. This becomes the training ground for small group leaders which in turn becomes the training ground for leaders of large group ministry.

Note: This lesson is focused on one-on-one discipleship.


Make a plan. Look at the chart below and the names you wrote down in your previous lesson. Write down the types of things you need to do with those people to ensure regular contact is made and intentional mentoring of both your life and ministry is done with those people.

1-on-1 Discipleship Plan Sample

  • Time Frame: 6 months
  • MAWL your ministry
  • Do a Spiritual Gifts Survey
  • Other: Contact once a week, Meet once a month, Accountability


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