“In the past 2 years I have gone through major changes in my own journey with God, which has resulted in a renewed passion and completely different approach to ministry,” said Steve.
Through a difficult period in which they broke ties with the organisation their church was connected to, Steve said a number of things became crystal clear to them
“Jesus commissioned us to make disciples; disciples are equipped to do the works of Jesus; and true disciples will reproduce themselves,” said Steve.
With this fresh revelation, Steve and Danielle set out to tackle a new way of making and reproducing disciples. The result is a course called Leaders in Training (LITs).
“To be fair, when Danielle began feverishly creating a number of lessons, frankly they half scared me to death!”
The course was to run for 5 months, meeting only twice a month for a few hours.
“The requirements we set out included specific books to read, followed by book reviews. There would be on the job training, knocking on doors in your own street, and laying hands on the sick. Participants needed to find one person they could disciple, be prepared to pray for people in car parks, in the supermarket and write weekly reports of ‘faith exploits’.”
“At the end of the course they would be required to lead a group of new believers.”
All of these requirements were set out at an introduction evening for interested participants, which 23 people attended.
“I was sure none of them would sign up once they heard what was required!” said Steve.
To Steve’s surprise, 6 people signed up – the youngest one was 30 and the oldest 78.
“Over the next 5 months we witnessed a process of true transformation take place.”
He said they heard many testimonies of God using participants in powerful ways.
“God spoke to me about the lady in front of me at the checkout,” said one participant. “I offered to pray for her and she got healed!”
Another told what God had begun to do in their family after years of conflict.
“At the end of the 5 months, 5 of the 6 who had started graduated,” said Steve. “4 of the 5 are now running their own groups.”
In early December last year, Steve and Danielle ran another introduction night. Again, 23 people showed up. Again, they told them about the requirements.
“This time 21 signed up! We are only into our second month and already, 3 people have started a group with new believers,” said Steve.