Disciple Daily is a ministry network of individual followers of Jesus who are committed to exploring and living a disciple making lifestyle. The Gospels provide Jesus’ instruction for those who would be His disciples. Ezra 7:10 reveals the pattern for His orderly disciple making process.
Bad News – Most believers in Jesus never become one of His disciples, never leading another person to belief in Him. When asked why they don’t share their faith, a lack of confidence is usually the first reason reason cited. They don’t think they know enough to answer the questions others will ask.
Good News – God is a storyteller. His grand story rests on real events that occurred in the lives of real people. By learning to tell the Bible’s stories, the questions people often ask are answered. You were created in God’s image. That means you are a storyteller, too. You can learn how to do it. Disciple Daily wants to show you how.
Ezra 7:10 – Study, Practice, Teach
Study – What the Bible teaches rests on real events that happened in the lives of real people. Those events unfold one story at a time beginning with Creation. By learning to tell those stories in order, a biblical worldview is established in the lives of those who follow Jesus. Throughout 2013, we have been developing eleven key event stories. These stories are the foundation of everything the Bible teaches. Each story can be told in about 5 minutes and is supported by plenty of background information.
Practice – There is no way around it. Head knowledge that does not have a practical outworking in real life, simply makes one proud. Prideful people are of little Kingdom building use. Learning how to use what is learned takes time. Believers must practice what they want to preach to others. Jesus is our example. Jesus showed His first disciples what faith in action looks like. This is the essence of James 2:17. Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.
Teach – Telling His disciples what they needed to know and do was only half of Jesus’ disciple making strategy. Jesus taught His disciples how to train trainers. He is our model. Last October, Disciple Daily was invited to travel to a restricted access country in Central Asia to train two young believers to tell the Stories of God. Our new friends now follow Jehovah instead of Allah. What a thrill it was to watch Firuz and Rahim learn to tell these stories. Their excitement grew as they realized the potential this storytelling model has for ministry to Muslims in their area. Living together in KT (Central Asian city) provided ample opportunities to explore the practical applications of the stories Firuz, Rahim, and others were learning. Opportunities arose out of the natural context of what we were doing together at the time. We are now making plans to return and teach others in the rest of their country and region what they have learned.
Traveling with God is like being in the passenger seat of a car driving down the opposite side of the road. At first it is a little uncomfortable. That is what the first two years at Disciple Daily were like. But this year, we’ve learned to enjoy the scenery. Around every curve, we’ve been amazed at where God is taking us. Disciple making is our calling. This year we have been developing eleven key event stories from Genesis to Revelation and learning to tell them well. Others are being trained how to tell the Stories of God, one story at a time and make disciples in Israel and among nations.
Paradigm Shift – Ministry Partnerships
Information technologies and globalization require that the Church take a hard look at the way ministry should be done in the 21st Century. Existing structures and strategies are often big, slow, and expensive. This is why Disciple Daily operates as a network, and not as an institutional organization. This year we have identified three strategic ministry partnerships. The ministries we will be working with next year have all demonstrated that their spiritual DNA is Kingdom building, not empire expansion. Simply put, they play well with others.
Israel College of the Bible
Israel College of the Bible trains both Jewish and Arab Israelis for disciple making ministry in Israel, the Middle East, and the whole world. Disciple Daily now represents Israel College of the Bible in North America. One for Israel is the evangelistic outreach arm of Israel College of the Bible. On March 29, 2014 we will unveil this worldwide Jewish outreach effort in San Antonio, TX. Visit our our “Partnerships” page on this website to discover how individuals, churches, and ministries can participate together in this exciting initiative.
This incredibly effective ministry team uses various sports activities to disciple people in Eurasia (Eastern Europe & Central Asia) towards conversion. February 24 – March 8 we will be training 7 national leadership couples from this area to use our Stories of God as a key component in the disciple making movements their team is growing. Training will be done on location in Israel. Sponsorships are needed to help defer their costs. Once again, visit “Partnerships” for additional information.
Walk Thru The Bible
In the 1970’s, Walk Thru the Bible was created to provide a fun and effective way to teach believers the key people, places, and events of the Old Testament. Their process is a natural fit for our own Stories of God. Next year, we will be blending our resources and piloting a test in 10/40 window countries. Once again, check “Partnerships” for details.
A Big Thank You!
2013 was quite an adventure, a very productive year. It was made possible because of God’s grace demonstrated through the generosity of people who love Him. Now that God has shown us where we are going and how to get there, He loaned us the keys to the family car. We are packed and ready to go. But, before we can get back out on the open road, we need some fuel in the tank.
At Disciple Daily, we don’t talk much about money. There is nothing secret about how we operate. But as you have read in this report, we are actively engaged in disciple making ministry here at home in San Antonio, in the lives of people around the United States, and in partnership with others around the world. This does require financial resources to be at our disposal. So, if you would like to discuss our future plans to determine what you might be able to do to help us grow and go, please contact us.