What an awesome response! We are thrilled and excited by the reception of DiscipleWay at the BMAA meeting at Wichita Falls. Approximately one hundred and fifty people signed up saying they were interested in having the DiscipleWay training come to their area. The first step in the process is for trainers to be trained. That will take place May 23-25 at Camp Bethany near Shreveport, Louisiana.
As a testimony to their support and commitment to this process, the first people to be trained will be the directors of our BMAA departments and members of the Coordinating Council. Since space is limited to a small number of participants, only a few other people will be able to go through this initial training.
Once we have trainers in place, we will then begin scheduling trainings in various areas of our work to help pastors and lay people in our churches know how to effectively use these new tools. Training will be required before churches can order the materials. Each training will take place over a three day period and will include intensive and complete coverage of the Bible study discipline, an overview and sample lessons from five of the other disciplines, and a one day introduction to Everyday Evangelism (EV2) called Share Your Faith which is being used as the witnessing discipline for Discipleway. A complete EV2 training may be offered at a later date in the various training areas.
We continue to ask for your prayers and patience. This has been and continues to be a slow, methodical process but one that we feel will be worth the wait. Depending on our May training we hope to be able to schedule three and possibly four trainings throughout our work before the end of the year. Please check the DiscipleWay website www.discipleway.com on a regular basis for updates and listings of trainings. We will post them as they are scheduled and will take applicants on a first come, first served basis since training size will be limited to approximately twenty-five participants at a time.
How thankful we are for the sweet spirit of our associational meeting and for the obvious theme of this year's gathering. It is apparent that discipleship is still on the heart of our Heavenly Father as it always has been and that He has now placed it on the hearts and minds of the churches of the BMAA as well.
Tommy and Judy Wallace