Yesterday evening, ten students in Querétaro, Mexico gathered for the debut of the Spanish version of Make Disciples Training Program. They are excited, maybe a bit nervous too, and all share the same desire to learn how to best share the good news with those who need it. This is the first time the 10-week course has been taught in Mexico and in the Spanish language, and we hope this will only be the beginning of much more disciple making in Spanish-speaking countries, continuing the worldwide vision of MDTP. Please pray for these students as they go through the course, that they will have boldness and dedication to make the most of their training to win souls.
2023 Class at the Milenio III church of Christ (four students not pictured joined us via Zoom)
It’s been my pleasure to spend the past ten weeks with nine students in Henderson, Tennessee. Well, that's mostly true—the Tennessee part, not the pleasure part. Two of the students joined from Mexico via Zoom. The students were:
Be praying for these fine folks who are doing amazing things for the kingdom of God.
Thank you for your interest in and support of MDTP.
God bless you.
MDTP Instructor, Co-director
I'm sure many of you are tired of hearing the phrase new normal. Make Disciples Training Program was developed with the classroom in mind. "Classroom" is a flexible term—sometimes it refers to a room in a church building; sometimes it refers to a living room. But being together physically was the idea. Therefore, when people asked about video conferences in the past, it was kind of out of the question. That was until COVID forced us to consider something different.
Even though New Zealand is practically COVID-free, and we would have no assembly restrictions, earlier this year, some of us thought we would try a MDTP 10-Week program online to enable others around the country to join. And it worked beautifully! We just graduated twelve more students from MDTP. The class of early 2021 is the first wholly online class.
Over the past ten weeks, these students:
In addition, three of our students graduated with Honors, which means they are eligible to become instructors for MDTP.
Thank you for your support of this program. If you're interested in having MDTP—whether a seminar or the full 10-week program—and whether in person or online—please speak to us.
God bless you!
I know it’s been a while since you saw an update from Make Disciples Training Program. This month, three more students have graduated from the 10-week program. This is our smallest graduating class yet, but God is still glorified!
Over the 10-week period, the three students:
In addition to my class, John Jones has also been using the curriculum of Make Disciples Training Program to train Freed-Hardeman University students in their Personal Evangelism course.
Great things are happening. Keep serving. Keep praying. God bless you!
These students have worked hard! We are pleased to graduate another class of Make Disciples Training Program! In the past ten weeks, these ten students have:
Among the ten students, one received a Certificate of Honors, seven received Certificates of Graduation, and two received Certificates of Participation. The students were:
Last week, I began my second round of the 10-week program in the Wellington, New Zealand, region. The students all admitted to being excited and nervous at the same time. Please pray for this new group of disciple-makers. If they follow through with our training, they have my two personal guarantees. 1. They will have more religious conversations than they ever had before (each conversation with the goal of setting a Bible study). 2. They will never again have another religious debate or argument.
Another exciting factor about this class is, utilizing technology, I am also training a future instructor for Make Disciples Training Program! If all goes well, which we expect it to, MDTP should have an instructor in Indiana, USA, by the end of the year! MDTP is slowly becoming the worldwide program it endeavors to be!
A couple of weeks ago, John Jones also started a 10-week program in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Pray for him and his students, too.
Thank you for your love and support.
What a blessing it was to be with the church of Christ that meets on McDermott Road this past weekend! Thanks to Mark Bryson and the other elders for help in organizing and welcoming the MDTP Seminar to Plano, TX, USA. We had 32 in attendance. We look forward to the day when the 10-week program can be offered to these wonderful saints. As it is, they've been challenged and equipped to go and make disciples. Below are some entries from the seminar feedback form.
This seminar gave me concrete ways of handling religious conversations to avoid conflict. I also appreciated understanding how to increase curiosity and develop interest and will be using that with my family and friends right away. I will also ask my grown children to do the personal bible studies with me so I can practice conducting them---valuable on so many levels!!!!
[I learned] practical tactics to use when encountering opportunities to start religious or spiritual conversations. A solid beginning series of Bible studies to go through with students.
[The instructor] eloquently stepped through the points, logically building the process for which to conduct studies. The pacing of the class was very appropriate, taking time to answer and pose questions to the class.
Lance made a clear presentation with many useful examples of what to say and not to say. You could tell he had significant personal experience in trying to develop interest and in conducting Bible studies.
Thank you for your interest in what we are doing!
God bless you!
For the first time ever, Make Disciples Training Program will have a presence in the United States! I have been invited to conduct a MDTP seminar for the McDermott Road church in Plano, Texas, on the 14th and 15th of September. Please be praying for this effort. The students will be challenged, but we pray they will take their training to make disciples!
Once the seminar is completed, I will post another update. If you're near Dallas, I hope you will plan to attend. Of course, the cost will be free, but you may need to register beforehand. If you need more information, please contact Mark Bryson through the McDermott Road church website.
God bless you!