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Discipling is not for Experts

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When I asked Tricia Foster, PLI alumni and discipleship huddle leader, what things Jesus taught her about discipleship through leading huddles, the first thing she said was “You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to have a disciple.”

This is a bit earth shattering. Jesus had disciples and I’d say he was an expert. We look to him as the perfect example for making disciples, and so far I’m not measuring up. I’m not even on the chart.

At some point our church culture started leaving the teaching and discipling up to the Bible scholars. “A lot of the women felt ill equipped to share what they know about the Bible with other people in their lives,” says Tricia of the gals in her huddle. I know I do. After listening to Tricia share her huddle experience, I’m starting to see that discipling is not for experts. So, who is discipling for then?

PLI teaches that discipleship is for people who are in three relationships: UP, IN & OUT.


This is your relationship with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It’s where you find your identity.


This is your relationship with other believers where you find encouragement and challenge.


This is your relationship with people who do not know Jesus yet.

You don’t have to be a perfect example in these areas, just a living example. So let’s be honest for a moment. Take a look at the three areas. What area are you strongest in? What area could use some growth? What needs to take place for you to have balance in all three? Remember, you don’t have to be a perfect example, just a living one.

PLI trains and invests in multiplying missional leaders. Like you. We disciple leaders using this specific discipleship technique and equip leaders to disciple others in their own unique context. We call this the huddle. Here women or men gather frequently for encouragement and accountability in their relationship with the Father (UP) and with other leaders (IN) all while engaging people who do not know Jesus in their culture and community (OUT).

Being a Bible scholar does not make you a discipling leader. Through Tricia’s modelling of UP, IN and OUT the women in her huddle were given, “a safe place to practice sharing what Jesus was teaching them in his word and how he was changing their lives in the everyday,” Tricia says. They started to see, “that they already knew enough about their own journey with God to really make a difference in someone else’s life. They didn’t have to wait for some magic moment of feeling like they knew enough to make a disciple; they were already there!”

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