Make Disciples with NextSteps, An Introduction
“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)
DISCIPLESHIP ASSESSMENT: 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. The real challenge is not to merely assess people regarding their maturity in Christ, but more importantly, to equip them to grow in their faith regardless of their present faith status. So, NextSteps is much more than an assessment, it is also an equipping platform that integrates with your church’s discipleship strategies.
“NextSteps is much more than an assessment, it is also an equipping platform that integrates with your church’s discipleship strategies”
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 of our research, we learned that a disciple-making program will only be successful if it is completely customizable. NextSteps is designed to reflect your church’s theology, ministry philosophy, and unique church culture.
“NextSteps is designed to reflect your church’s theology, ministry philosophy, and unique church culture”
To begin with, NextSteps offers clarity and a process for your church’s discipleship program strategy. How? Well, it begins with our three system modules.
THE DISCIPLESHIP ASSESSMENT 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. These results in 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.
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.
INSTRUCTIONS: Please select the [View Screen Shot] buttons below to view the NextSteps editing interface. Select the [Learn More] buttons below to view additional detailed information.
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.