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Spiritual Parent

Stages of Spiritual Maturity

Spiritual Parent – Disciple Maker

1 Thessalonians 2
“But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children. Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us. For you recall, brethren, our labor and hardship, how working night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers; just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.”


The statements below come from the COMPETENCE section of the Spiritual Assessment. Please evaluate the statements below and how they apply to your life on a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being “No I am unfamiliar or do not agree with it” AND 5 being “You are convinced or are walking it out”. If you do not score a 5 or are just curious, click the appropriate link below for a quick study and quiet time. ENJOY!

1. I am confident in Heart, Vision, and Know-how in making disciples. [Ps. 37:4, Prov. 29:18, Matthew 9:36-38]
What is your picture of successful spiritual parenting?  How have you seen it work?

2. I am strong in Planning and Decision Making. [Proverbs 24:3,4]
What have you accomplished in your life that required planning?  What is your process of decision-making?

3. Leadership and Working with Teams is strong. [Philippians 2:2]
What has been your most successful Team experience?  What were the elements that made it succeed?

4. I know how to have life-to-life relationships. [2 Timothy 3:10-16]
What has been your most meaningful life-to-life relationship?  What made that possible?

5. I love to parent and follow up with New Believers. [I Thessalonians 1:1-5]
What has been your experience in following up with a new believer?  What were the pluses and minuses of that experience?

6. I love being with the lost and Spiritual Parenting. [I Thessalonians 2:1-11]
What have been your most meaningful relationships with those who have not decided to follow Jesus?  What have been your prayers for that person?

7. I am convinced and practicing disciple-making. [Matthew 28:18-20]
What is the picture you have in your heart of a Disciple?  What have you found are the best ways to help others become a Disciple?

8. I want to be a part of raising up a New Generation of Leaders. [2 Timothy 2:2]
What do you want to give your life to?  What has helped you to develop a vision for multiplication?

9. I love Shepherding people. [Matthew 9:35-39, I Peter 5:1-5]
What joys do you experience when you help others grow?  What is the biggest challenge for you in this process?

If you scored a 5 on all 9, CONGRATULATIONS! Review the videos and resources below, then move the next section SPIRITUAL GRANDPARENT and SPIRITUAL LEADER.




Note to our international brothers & sisters:  Some of the resources below may only be available in English.

Read Book:  Real-Life Discipleship

Read Book:  Disciples Are Made Not Born

Learn how to “Make Disciples that Make disciples”. Take the next step to be a Spiritual Grand Parent.

Testimonial & Training Videos

Training – John Grussi – Developing Church Leaders – Spiritual Parent

John Grussi has been pastoring in the San Francisco area for the last 20 years. He has faced a church fire, challenging church decision and now has a new church home in Daly City. Listen to how John has used Coach the Bible to develop the leadership in his church.