Training – Relationship – Discipleship

 

In 2 Timothy, chapter 2, Paul says:

You have heard me teach in front of many witnesses. Pass on to men you can trust the things you’ve heard me say. Then they will be able to teach others also.[1]

It is such a great encouragement to see so many of the children who attend camp return to be camp counselors as they get older. Over 80% of those who attended camp in the first few years became involved in ministry in one form or another.

They heard about Jesus at camp; continued to learn about Him during weekly follow-up programs, came to know Him as Saviour, and grew in that knowledge so that they were able to teach others.

This is key in the disciple-making process and it always has been.

Carol Stream in The Magnetic fellowship: reaching and keeping people answers the question, “What should a disciple-making strategy include to be effective?”

The strategy should seek to foster genuine caring relationships between a variety of members and the potential disciple. It should also seek to involve the potential disciple in several appropriate groups and church programs where new friendships can be made. The more exposures a non-Christian can have to the person of Christ through his people and the church, the more complete his or her understanding of Christ and his love.[2]

This is why the weekly follow up programs are so vital to the success of the ministry of Children’s Camps International. It is there that relationships are built and real discipleship occurs.  It is there that lives are transformed.

And we see those transformed lives in action as they take on leadership roles in the church and lead others to know Christ.

[1] New International Reader’s Version. (1998). (1st ed., 2 Ti 2:2). Zondervan.

[2] Weeden, L. K. (Ed.). (1988). The Magnetic fellowship: reaching and keeping people (Vol. 15, p. 114). Carol Stream, IL; Waco, TX: Christianity Today, Inc.; Word Books.

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