“Dos” and “Don’ts” of Discipling New Believers

With camps, retreats, and mission trips on the horizon, summers are always golden opportunities for teens to encounter God and make new spiritual commitments. With this in mind, here are a few tips to help disciple new believers. 

DON’T

Don’t Give Big Lists – Too much too soon can be overwhelming. New Christians don’t have to start by reading the Bible through in a year. Allow the Holy Spirit to work.

Don’t Get Weary – It may be discouraging at times when there seems to be little progress in the lives of those you are mentoring. Lean on Galatians 6:9 when you feel like quitting.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (NIV)

Don’t Make it Too Complicated – New believers need to be provided with basic tools such as an understanding of who God is and what He does, a plan for self-feeding, a connection to a group or groups, and opportunities to serve.

DO

Do Be Prepared – There is a ton of great material for new converts. Have Bibles and beginning discipleship materials ready to go. There are a variety of Student Bibles and New Believer Bibles. There’s even a One Minute Bible! 

Do Stoke the Fire Immediately – New converts are normally highly motivated and want to grow. The enemy knows this and will try to snatch them back quickly. I had one student who came back from camp ready to take on the world for Christ. A week later he began dating an atheist. Within two weeks he’d dropped out of youth group. 

Do Pray for Discernment – Meeting once a week is a good place to start, but some new Christians may need more of your time, especially early on. Just as some who are struggling with addictions meet daily in rehab, so too may new believers need your frequent time and attention.

Mark Pounds

Mark Pounds

Mark has been working with students since 1982 and is the Youth Pastor at Lebanon Church of the Nazarene. Mark also serves as District NYI President. He's passionate about students, the Seahawks, and the Trailblazers.
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