Make Disciples with NextSteps, An Introduction

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“Yet there is only one thing I can think of more foolish than trying to gauge spiritual growth. And that is: Not trying to gauge it. For that which matters to us is that which we try to keep track of.”

(John Ortberg, pg 3 of Follow Me)

INTRODUCTION: This a Real Game-Changer for Your Church!

Matthew 28:18-20 conveys the Church’s #1 Mission: “Making disciples of Jesus Christ”. Yet, many pastors have no real idea about their people’s spiritual maturity status. In addition, they may also question whether it is even possible to address the discipleship needs of each person in their church. Such doubts are justified since no supportive discipleship tools have previously existed. So, to make sure we got it right, we tested alpha-versions of NextSteps for 14-years before making it available to your church.  As a result, please set your doubts aside and take some time to explore NextSteps. We believe you will come to agree that NextSteps makes true discipleship, of every willing church member, finally possible.

To begin with, NextSteps offers clarity and process to your church’s discipleship programs. How? Well, it begins with our three system modules.


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THE PROCESS: Three Core Phases of Spiritual Growth:

The disciple-making process begins when your people register a user account with your church’s version of NextSteps. Then, they complete some online questions that will help them assess their present spiritual status and felt-needs. Our default questions focus on life-application of Biblical principles. In short, we desire that your people’s lives reflect the doctrine they say they believe. The question pool assists the user in identifying areas of inconsistency within their faith and practice. Our default question pool is built around three core disciple-making phases: Discover, Develop and Deploy.

Each one of these core phases contains three sub-phases. This results is Nine Phases of Spiritual Growth. Each one of these nine phases includes its own Disciple Equipping Center. Keep in mind, your church may edit the theological labels presented below. Click on  assessment report to view a sample user report.

Nine Linear Discipleship Phases

CUSTOMIZABLE: What Will Your Church’s Version of NextSteps Look Like?

Your church staff may edit almost everything, including our default titles, question pools, and reports. Your version of NextSteps can truly reflect your church’s unique discipleship culture.

Please select [Screenshots] to view the NextSteps editing interface. Select the [Learn More] buttons to view additional detailed information.

1) Customize the Discipleship Assessment Question Pool

Church leaders may edit assessment questions to reflect your church’s spiritual growth model. Click the “Learn More”button for more information about this assessment. Click the “Screenshot” button to view the editing interface.

2) Modify the Assessment Reports

Our NextSteps software offers powerful reporting features including personal and church-wide global assessment reports. Select the “Learn More” button to learn about our reporting features. Select the “Screenshot” button to view a sample report.

3) Make the Disciple Equipping Center Unique to Your Church

Pastors and staff may assign the programs, classes, small groups, and other resources from our library, selections they believe are best suited for each one of the nine spiritual growth phases. Or, they may create their own programs, classes, small groups, etc. Select the “Learn More” button for detailed information about our Equipping Center features. Select the “Screenshot” button to view the Equipping Center interface.

NextSteps is a subscription-based program separate from our Volunteer Mobilization Assessments. However, both programs may be used together. When both systems are used, they share valuable cross-platform information. Thanks to the NextSteps Disciple-Making Program, it is now possible to know that the people you are considering for ministry positions will be both gifted, and sufficiently mature in their faith, to assume such responsibility.

To view a sample NextSteps Discipleship Assessment & Tracking system report, please select the button to the right.