Follow-Up & Discipleship
Follow-up is the most important part of the evangelistic effort. Lack of follow-up will probably be the cause if a project fails to bring new people to the church. Follow-up is the contact of the church through a volunteer to help the new Christian grow in their faith:
- First Visit After the JESUS Video
- Beginning "Basic Bible Studies"
- Developing a Mentoring Relationship
- Spiritual Development
1: First Visit After the JESUS Video
- The volunteer must be trained and prepared to visit the person with confidence and ease.
- If the video was delivered in person, the same person should do the follow-up visit.
- The visit should begin with casual conversation.
- The volunteer should ask if the person enjoyed the video and has any questions about the film.
- Next the volunteer should ask if they prayed the prayer at the end of the video.
- If someone did pray after the video, the volunteer should leave a copy of the Gospel of St. Luke or other follow-up material.
- The volunteer should set a time to visit the new Christian the following week.
2: Beginning "Basic Bible Studies"
- The week after the volunteer leaves the initial follow-up literature, the volunteer should take the first of a series of Bible lessons to the new Christian.
- A good example is the series for new Christians designed by Chic Shaver called "Basic Bible Studies."
- These studies may be purchased from the Nazarene Publishing House at their website or by phone 1-800-877-0700.
- The Lesson One should be introduced and started.
- After about a third of the questions, the volunteer can ask the new Christian to work on the other answers during the next week.
- Set a time to review Lesson One the next week
3: Developing a Mentoring Relationship
- Each week the volunteer will take a new lesson in the series "Basic Bible Studies."
- The volunteer should not be pushy or nosey, but should attempt to help the new Christian as the needs and subjects arise.
- The volunteer should instruct the new Christian to read the Bible daily beginning in St. Luke, keep a spiritual journal, and attend a home group Bible study of the church.
- After a few weeks in the group Bible study and having confidence in the people of the group, the new Christian will be ready to attend worship service.
4: Spiritual Development
- By this time the new Christian will have completed all of the 8 "Basic Bible Studies" in their home with the mentor, attended weekly home group Bible study for a few weeks, and is also attending worship services at the church.
- The mentor should consult with the new Christian to find a good daily Bible study method to follow the "Basic Bible Studies."
- The new Christian should also be given a chance to become part of the JESUS Film Evangelistic effort.
- New Christians have the greatest potential of winning people to Christ during their first six months, because of their contacts with their friends who do not know Christ.