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.
- Fewer churches with an ongoing, weekly Sunday evening Discipleship Training ministry.
- Discipleship training programs moving from Sunday night to Wednesday night.
- Discipleship courses provided in small groups that meet at a variety of times, places and days during the week.
- A variety of names for Discipleship Training ministry, such as Life Change University, Equipping University, etc.
- 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.