This isn’t a complicated idea, but – as you’ll see – it gets a bit confusing. It’s Sunday. Read it slowly.
I don’t remember who it was that pointed out the blueprint for effective disciplemaking contained in II Timothy 2:2… maybe disciplemaking guru Tommy Nelson? Not sure. The verse is pretty well known for encouraging disciplemaking, but it also gives us a handy little blueprint for creating a true disciplemaking culture.
The verse says:
[A]nd what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (ESV)
Or as the Wycliffe Hawaiian Pidgin translation translates the final part,
I mean, pick peopo dat can teach odda peopo da same tings I wen teach you.
The fascinating aspect is the verse shows us four-generation disciplemaking, which really should be our view whenever we’re impacting college students or anybody else.
which included training him to impact “faithful men“
which included training those “faithful men” to impact others still.
Any other form won’t “get the job done,” if in fact getting the job done means keeping the impact going and going and going so that it’s never actually done! Here’s why:
- If I simply impact a student, then that student is impacted. (2 generations and stop)
- If I impact a student and turn him into an “impacter,” then many are impacted. (3 generations and stop)
- But if I turn a student into an impacter who turns others into impacters likewise, then the disciplemaking continues indefinitely – because no one simply impacts, they impact AND raise up impacters. (4 generations and beyond)
In other words, we disciple our students to disciple disciplemakers. [Like I said, you gotta read this post sloooooowly.]
“Disciplemaking” takes a lot of forms, but ultimately it happens whenever we impact your college students. If we do that in such a way that those we impact not only turn around and impact others but teach them to impact a next “generation,” then – and only then – we’ve created perpetual impact. Hooray!