How do I use The Flow?The Flow acts as a catalyst for our alternative approach to discipleship – beyond education to experience. The four stages offer leaders a visual template to pass on their beliefs, practices and teaching. It is simple and easy for any leader to adopt.
Each quadrant of The Flow emphasizes the importance of including others in their journey. Each diagram helps flip the modern version of discipleship back to the method that Jesus used 2000 years ago. A discipler’s role is not to simply educate someone and then hope they go and experience it, but, to take them on an experience and educate them along the way. It is an idea that can change the world.
Stage 1 - Experience it!In the first step, the leader and disciple set a goal and choose an experience. They then go on this experience together, both of them working to accomplish the goal that they have set. The disciple takes note of what they saw the leader do and what they did themselves.
Stage 2 - Question it!After the experience, the leader and disciple sit down and remind themselves of the goal that they have set. In order to do this, they make a simple list of all the things that did not work, and all the things that did. This questioning prepares the disciple to identify steps they can learn from.
Stage 3 - Understand it!The leader and disciple look at the previous list and discover the common aspects of the things that worked that were absent in those that didn’t work and vice versa. They then identify a principle they can apply to future experiences.
Stage 4 - Multiply it!Using a simple tool, they now identify what the disciple can practically do to bring others into their experience. They outline how to go the extra mile, avoid the diverted mile and improve the goal before the leader commissions the disciple to fulfill it.
By researching and applying the ancient methods of discipleship, Gibbs provides a simple four-step template that will equip you to disciple anyone in anything! In addition, the Talmidim Flow is a practical way to make discipleship a part of the culture of your church or organization. Jesus does not simply want His followers to know what He knows, but He wants us to reproduce in others who He is. That requires discipleship. The kind that makes disciples who make disciples. Or as the ancient Hebrews once referred to them . . . Talmidim.