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Preparing Disciple-Makers

Sending people from your church to the nations?

As a pastor or church leader, you have a lot to think about. How do you know if one of your members is ready to make disciples in a cross-cultural context? What’s the next step for them? What kind of support do they need from you?

Maybe your church wants to expand its global impact. Maybe you’re just introducing global missions to your church. Or maybe you’re somewhere in between.

Mission workers have a journey to the nations, and so do churches. We’re here to help you navigate yours.

Preparing Disciple-Makers is a training program for church leaders. In just four sessions, we’ll help you develop a plan for preparing and sending cross-cultural workers from your church.

“This training helped us work through the questions we were asking and ones we didn’t even know to ask!”

— Jared Chasteen, Cross Fellowship Church
in Overland Park, Kan.

Session Topics

  1. Assessment
    This step evaluates the disciple’s “call,” giftedness and readiness to be sent. Where are the disciples in their journey with God? What does “learning to live and love like Jesus” look like in their relationships at home, with friends, and with people inside and outside the faith? Do they know the Scriptures well enough to be able to help another person learn to live and love like Jesus? Is their giftedness apparent to themselves and others? What experience do they have in serving others and making disciples?

  2. Spiritual formation
    Based on the assessment, a discipleship process can be personalized to meet the needs of the disciples where they are and help them grow. Examples include spiritual maturity, personal/family/financial stability, biblical worldview and understanding of global and cross-cultural issues, and preparedness in ministry. The process involves study, introspection, mentoring, community, and accountability.

  3. Mentoring
    The discipling process is always done in the context of authentic relationships. Mature and more experienced believers come alongside the disciples to encourage and empower them in an atmosphere of grace and truth. 

  4. Ministry experience
    As disciples grow deeper in faith, the things they learn should be practiced in real-life settings, including their family, church, community, and workplace. The disciples’ experience should include serving in the area of their giftedness or profession, discipling others, participating in or leading a small group, and engaging in cross-cultural opportunities locally and globally.


John Spadafora, Crossworld Director of Church EngagementJohn Spadafora worked on staff at a church in Pennsylvania before serving with Crossworld in Italy for 18 years. He brings both the church and missionary perspective to his role as Crossworld’s Director of Church Engagement.

John draws from his own experience and his 13 years working with churches in North America and around the world to tailor each Preparing Disciple-Makers training to your needs. Contact John to discuss options and scheduling.

Your church can engage in God’s Great Commission.

Let us help you get them ready.

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