Discipleship groups

What are we all about? What’s the purpose? The Gospel: It’s all about Jesus.

  • What do you think the word “disciple” means? The Greek word for disciple is mathetes and means to be a learner. Being a disciple is a lot like being an apprentice. Scripture points us to become lifelong learners of Jesus.
  • What are discipleship groups? A small group of guys/girls who want to be learners together It is both Organized (1-1.5 hour scheduled meeting time each week) & Organic (life on life). Discipleship is about moving someone from being a consumer to a producer.
  • Where did this plan of discipleship groups come from? It's Jesus' model! In less than three years Jesus was able to disciple a group of unlikely men and taught them to DO and BE like Him in a way that, when released, they would change the course of human history forever. Jesus created a discipleship culture where there was an appropriate mix of invitation and challenge in the way they related to Him. He drew His disciples closer, loved them, but also gave them the opportunity to accept the responsibilities of discipleship. Jesus calls every disciple to disciple others. (Matthew 28:18-20) 
  • AIA has adopted this mission as our mission statement: making disciples who make disciples (2 Tim 2:2) A discipleship group is a place for disciples to become more like Christ as they grow in relationship with him, with the end goal and expectation that one day they would lead their own discipleship group. In short, it's about helping others become a disciple of Jesus, who make disciples who make disciples! 

partnering with aia

We can't experience all that God is calling us to on our own. We are looking for a team of partners to link arms with us to go after the mission of making disciples who make disciples. Men and women throughout the Twin Cities and around the country are investing their time, talents and treasure to help equip our team to engage in the mission. 


If you are interested in learning about opportunities to partner with us, or about starting Athletes in Action on your team or campus, go to the contact us page to find out more. 

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making disciples who make disciples