Trends in Discipleship: Schedules

Growing up, Training Union was always the hour before the evening worship.  During the winter months, classes would start at 6:00 and then during the summer, the church would move both the evening service and discipleship training to 6:30 and 7:30.  Many churches today still offer this traditional schedule for Discipleship Training, but the trend is changing when, where, and how discipleship classes are offered.

Significant trends:

  1. Fewer churches with an ongoing, weekly Sunday evening Discipleship Training ministry.
  2. Discipleship training programs moving from Sunday night to Wednesday night.
  3. Discipleship courses provided in small groups that meet at a variety of times, places and days during the week.  
  4. A variety of names for Discipleship Training ministry, such as Life Change University, Equipping University, etc.
  5. Churches are moving from a year long discipleship training ministry to a semester based strategy.  (Meet during the typical school calendar from August/Labor Day until Thanksgiving and then from January until Mother’s Day.)

Many churches have abandoned Discipleship Training. Each year, less and less churches report having Discipleship Training.  While it doesn’t matter if you have a program called discipleship training, each church is commanded to make disciples.  So what’s your disciple-making strategy?  If you need coaching or information on how to build a strong discipleship ministry, I am available.


About drmarkmiller

I serve as the Sunday School, Discipleship, Small Groups Specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Convention
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One Response to Trends in Discipleship: Schedules

  1. David White says:

    I have been looking for something for the men’s ministry in our church. We meet monthly for breakfast, would like to know if you would be willing to come out for a breakfast soemtime and talk about discipleship. Our breakfasts are the second saturday of the month at 7:30 am. The church is ridgeview Baptist, phil young spoke here as the mens night guest speaker. Talk with Phil he can tell you where I would like to see our church go.

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