Ministry Pass provides sermon series, graphics, and resources that help pastors save hours as they plan for Sunday mornings. But Ministry Pass is more than that. Many pastors use Ministry Pass resources outside of Sunday mornings, including as a discipleship tool throughout the week.
Let’s start here: what is discipleship? Discipleship is an intentional partnership with another Christian, with the purpose of helping them grow closer to the Lord, obey His instructions, and teach others to do the same. Many Ministry Pass resources are designed for that purpose. Here are five ways to use Ministry Pass to disciple your church during the week.
Small Group Questions
Preaching happens in rows, but true community and vulnerability happen in circles. And discipleship doesn’t happen without community and vulnerability. A few years ago, Ministry Pass started offering small group questions for sermon series.
Mid-week small groups are a way to take your Sunday morning topic deeper in the lives of your congregation members. Small group leaders can interact personally, helping small group members understand how your sermon topic and application points apply to them as they grow closer to Christ.
Everyone has questions about faith, controversial topics, and life in general. As you partner with your congregation members and help them grow closer to the Lord, they’re going to ask hard questions.
Ministry Pass has resources to help. Use a series like Christianity’s Biggest Questions to prepare yourself for those questions, or host a group to go through the series together. Create a culture where it’s okay to ask hard questions and make sure you’re prepared to share a Biblical perspective in response. Plus, read this article to learn how to preach about controversial topics.
Many churches host discipleship-specific classes or groups. As you develop your discipleship program, use a media resource like this to invite congregation members to sign up.
But the discipleship group resources don’t stop there. Use a series like Spiritual Habits to lead group members to grow in their faith, or use a resource like 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting to coordinate a time to seek the Lord together. These resources can be used for the entire congregation as well – it doesn’t have to be limited to one discipleship group.
Kids and Youth Ministry
You’re not only responsible to disciple the adults who show up on Sunday morning – your church needs to disciple kids and students as well. Youth leaders can use Ministry Pass resources like The Fix and Not Feelin’ It to disciple students and help them grow in their faith. Kids ministry leaders can teach series like New: Growing Fresh Faith to help kids understand God better.
Extend the Impact
Don’t let Sunday morning and mid-week groups be the only times you speak into the lives of the people you disciple. Those people spend hours scrolling the internet every day, so be intentional about sharing godly wisdom on your church’s social media platforms. Preach a Ministry Pass sermon series on Sunday mornings, then turn that sermon series into a series of online devotionals to post mid-week.