I will not be coming in as if to say that I am the man with the answers, but rather I will walk with them, point them to Jesus, and explore together what the Bible has to teach. This way there is not a dependency created on me in anyway, but rather all dependency is on Christ and what the Bible teaches. In many ways I will be equipped by these believers within my equipping of them.
A key aspect within my discipling of these brothers in Christ, will be obedience based discipleship. In other words I will initially meet with all whom are interested, but very soon I will look for those that are serious about their faith, on mission, and ready to be sent out to plant churches. This may come across as harsh to some, but the truth is that in the context that I am going, I do not have time to waste on those that are not serious. This does not mean that I will not come back to them later at some point if they express and prove their seriousness, but initially I will move on.
I am fully on board with this model and often question why we don't do that more within my current context within the American church? I love both the church local and the church universal/glocal, but believe that more of us need to get to a place of obedience based discipleship. We tend to let people play church too much, when the reality is that there are serious needs everywhere in the world.
The U.S. alone now has an unchurched population over more than 120 million. That number is only going to grow larger if we do not get serious about our discipleship within the church. So in order to reach the 120 million plus we need many faithful disciples that are on mission to be sent out. So my challenge for you is to start obedience based discipleship if you are not doing so already.
Please feel free to comment below on how you have seen discipleship work and fail in the past within your own setting.