Perhaps you are leading a women’s ministry, a community group, or a Bible Study, or… you may simply have a few women whom God has strategically placed in your life.
These women are on a journey of spiritual growth and you have the opportunity to invest your God-given knowledge and experience to help them on their journey.
The Apostle Paul modeled for us a “passion” and “practice” for how to help people grow to spiritual maturity.
Listen to his passion…
“Him we proclaim, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” Col. 1:20
And now, observe his instruction to Timothy, his son in the faith…
“…and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Tim 2:2
Here are a few principles for nurturing spiritual growth in the women whom God has placed in your life, your daughters in the faith:
Choose faithful women
Who desires to grow spiritually? What about her demonstrates her spiritual hunger? Desire is critical to growth.
Invest in women whom you are drawn to
With whom do you naturally connect? Relationships of mutual connection, authenticity and trust inspire growth.
Spend time together
Meet outside of the group setting. Have coffee, tea or ice cream. Go shopping. Involve her in your family life.
In what areas would she like to grow? (her identity in Christ, the fruit of the Spirit, sharing her faith story, spiritual disciplines of worship, prayer, and personal devotions, etc..) Do a study together.
We grow in community. Create a small group of three or four women (a triad or quad) to maximize your time and establish a rich environment for growth.
Envision women for multiplication
From the very start, teach her 2 Timothy 2:2. Encourage her to begin investing her life in other women.
For a classic guide on discipleship principles drawn from the life and ministry of Jesus, check out The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert E. Coleman