The 411 Discipleship Training is a means of equipping church members in bringing evangelistic conversations into a point of decision as well as how to respond to that decision. 411 training answers four questions: “Why do you make disciples?” “Who do you disciple?” “What do you share?” And “How do you respond?” After each of these questions is answered through a visual presentation, which invites the hearer to participate and move forward through the complete presentation. Getting people to stick with the presenter and progress through each step in the presentation brings the hearer closer to responding to the gospel message.
Why Do We Make Disciples? 1 Corinthians 5:17-21
Who Do We Make Disciples? John 17:20
What Do We Share? John 4:1-30
Once the disciple has been trained in a personal lifestyle evangelism, the strategy must be put in place to give the congregation opportunities to put what has been learned into practice. Putting discipleship and evangelism into practice is where Engage comes in. Engage is a weekly outreach of CBC which takes place on Wednesday nights. After a brief prayer, participants head out into the neighborhoods to engage the community with the gospel through evangelistic encounters. Participants put what has been learned in discipleship into practice connecting with the community through outreach, service and prayer walking projects. Each week there is a different evangelistic approach. The first Wednesday includes prayer walking and divine encounters. The second Wednesday is visitation with a focus of connecting with guests, regular attenders, members and shut ins. The third Wednesday’s focus is on servant evangelism and the fourth Wednesday is going door-to-door inviting people to First Sunday Lunch. By participating in Engage, church members get the opportunity to practice sharing the gospel while being supported by a team. Working together helps to build evangelism confidence.
In order to be effective disciples and sow the seeds of the gospel in the community, CBC congregation needs a personal biblical lifestyle evangelism plan to guide their discipleship. If the biblical imperative of sharing is instilled in the plowing stage is going to take hold, the congregation is going to need be ready when the Holy Spirit moves in the lives of the people in which the church has been praying. The church needs to be trained in intentional sharing. “The Master Plan of Evangelism” by Robert Coles provides a powerful strategy for how evangelism can be integrated into someone’s life and the gospel shared among their sphere of influence, just like Jesus did it over two thousand years ago.