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“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” 

Matthew 28:19-20

Although these were the last words of Jesus on earth, discipleship was by no means Christ’s last priority.

From the beginning of His ministry to the end, He was committed to building a small group to change the world. His discipleship was both mystical and methodical. Mystically, He prayed all night before building a small group. Methodically, He found faithful, available, teachable people whom others would follow. Mystically, He talked of a new heaven and a new earth. Methodically, He insisted world transformation comes from a small group focus as leaders disciple more leaders.  The Apostle Paul summarizes this method of discipleship in 2 Timothy 2:2, “These things you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

Going out and making disciples who go out and make more disciples is always connected. Leadership training produces more going, and going produces more leaders who will be trained. This Leadership Training Class (LTC GO) is meant to fulfill no less a purpose than the Great Commission of Jesus by teaching the convictions of Christianity (Phase 1) and the practics of how to make disciples (Phase 2).

Whether a Chi Alpha finds itself disconnected from campus and in need of something mobile, or needing to connect more pastorally with students and in need of training to outsource, it is our hope that LTC GO will be a blessing to campus ministry. 

May this help you reconcile students to Christ, transforming the university, the marketplace, and the world.

Alex Rodriguez
National Training Director 
Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, U.S.A.

Instructor Information

Phase One: Convictions

Table of Contents

The Why
Lesson 1: The Heart of Discipleship by Eli and Mary Gautreaux
Real Devotion
Lesson 2: Mind in Love with God by Eli Stewart
Lesson 3: Abide, Apostle, Abandon by Dick Brogden
Real Community
Lesson 4: Love by Eli Gautreaux
Lesson 5: Spiritual Friendship by Gina White
Lesson 6: Leadership Rights by Josh Moran
Lesson 7: Culture of Bowing and Honor by Eli Stewart
Real Responsibility

Lesson 8: “My Heart Christ’s Home” by Robert Munger
Lesson 9: Every Student Welcomes by Sevo Lwali
Lesson 10: Evangelism by Sarah Fletcher
Lesson 11: Find, Feed, Fight by Alex Rodriguez

The Why

Lesson 1: The Heart of Discipleship by Eli and Mary Gautreaux

Eli and Mary Gautreaux planted Chi Alpha at Sam Houston State University in 1992. This ministry has led to over 20 new Chi Alpha plants, and over 300 missionaries being sent out across the globe. In this lesson, they look at Mark 1:16-20 and Matthew 28 to explain the heart of discipleship is God’s plan to save the world.

Follow-Up Questions

  1. Why will the faithful discipler save the world faster than the super evangelist?
  2. What does it mean to have a green card marriage with Jesus?
  3. What is salvation?
  4. How can we go change the world from our campus?

Real Devotion

“No religion has ever been greater than its idea of God.”

– A.W. Tozer

What we think about God determines what we do and disregard for Jesus’ Name.  This makes real devotion the first necessity of discipleship. Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing. These sessions are meant to inspire us to seek time with Jesus on purpose instead of finding Him on accident. We pray these sessions will lead to more prayer, worship, Bible reading, and good books. 

Lesson 2: Mind in Love with God by Eli Stewart

Eli Stewart is Chi Alpha Director at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and before this he served for a decade on staff at Chi Alpha at Sam Houston State University. Eli is fantastic at taking God’s truth and explaining it in a way that is understandable and practical in a way that can’t be ignored. This, along with being a person who truly walks out what he preaches, has led to him being an incredibly faithful and fruitful follower of Christ. In this lesson, he will break down the biblical basis for having a mind that is in love with God and what it means to be responsible with the knowledge that God gives us.

Follow-Up Questions

  1. What does intellectual deception always follow?
  2. What are the requirements of being a disciple of Jesus?
  3. What does a critical spirit look for? What does a critical mind look for? Which does God want us to have?
  4. What must our understanding be equal to?

Lesson 3: Abide, Apostle, Abandon by Dick Brogden

Dick Brogden is a church planter with LiveDead and an author of numerous books, including “This Gospel.” In this lesson, Mr. Brogden takes a look at John 15:5-7 to preach how abiding is spending extravagant time with Jesus. He explains abiding is accompanied with apostling the Church where it has not been built and abandoning comforts to serve Jesus through suffering.

Follow-Up Questions

  1. What would happen if we witnessed without spending extravagant time with Jesus?
  2. If we must measure ourselves by what is left undone, how are you personally doing? And what else can Chi Alpha do to advance the Kingdom of God?
  3. How does suffering build the Church?
  4. How can we retain the simplicity of just having Jesus?

Real Community

“The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community, but the person who loves those around them will create community.”

– Diedrich Bonhoeffer

Jesus preached the greatest commandment is to love the LORD with everything we have, and the second is like it, “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:37-39). The Apostle John writes how loving people is the sign to ourselves that we have passed from death in sin to life with Jesus (1 John 3:14). Jesus taught loving one another is the sign to the world we are His disciples (John 13:35). This makes real community essential to discipleship. Without love we are all lost. These sessions are meant to evoke Christ-likeness toward one another and all godliness entails.

Lesson 4: Love by Eli Gautreaux

In this lesson, Eli speaks about some of the characteristics of true, Godly love. By understanding this type of love, we can better learn to love one another.

Follow-Up Questions

  1. What are characteristics of real godly love?
  2. How is our culture-defined love different from biblical love?
  3. Is true love a feeling? What is the definition of “true love?”
  4. How did Jesus’ love influence Him to leave paradise?
  5. What does it mean to care more about someone’s future than their feelings? What does this look like practically in our own lives?

Lesson 5: Spiritual Friendship by Gina White

Gina White is the Campus Missionary-in-Training Director for North Carolina State University, and the District Director for North Carolina. She speaks across the nation with a unique blend of candor and carefulness in her messages. In this lesson, Gina walks us through the meaning and necessity of spiritual friendship according to the biblical meanings of love and the nature of God Himself.

Follow-Up Questions

  1. What is spiritual friendship?
  2. Why did God create friendship?
  3. What happens to a friendship with no vulnerability?
  4. Agape love is selfless love. How can we become more selfless in our relationships?

Lesson 6: Leadership Rights by Josh Moran

Josh Moran is one of the team leaders with Chi Alpha at James Madison University, and the Potomac District Director. He has been a leader worth following with a history of leading leaders. In this lesson, Josh explains the more leadership an individual receives the less rights they have. Using John 3:30, he teaches how leadership is not about what we gain, but what we can give to the Kingdom of God.

Follow-Up Questions

  1. Why does more leadership mean less rights?
  2. What is the root of insecurity?
  3. Being a leader means giving up the right to control your schedule. What will be the hardest thing to give up in order to lead a small group? How can that be replaced with something intentional?
  4. “What leaders do in moderation, followers do in excess.” Following 1 Corinthians 8, what is a modern day parallel for food sacrificed to idols we will have to give up?
  5. What is care-fronting? And, why does it matter?

Lesson 7: Culture of Bowing and Honor by Eli Stewart

In this session, Eli explains why it is so important to learn the essence of honor in order to create a culture that believes it is healthy to bow.

Follow-Up Questions

  1. What is the truest form of worship?
  2. Are you more likely to be tempted to respond to insecurities with a fight or flight response? With what things or in what scenarios have you done this before?
  3. Why is it healthy for you to bow, and what ways or with what things do you have trouble bowing?
  4. Why should we break the habit of defending ourselves?
  5. What are some things you can do in order to build a culture of honor and bowing in yourself and with those around you?

Real Responsibility

“Our wealth in heaven will not be the wealth of harps provided or crowns worn, but of the souls we have led to Christ and to God. No man or woman who shares the Christ life is free from responsibility or exempt from this high and holy privilege.”

– G. Campbell Morgan

In these sessions, we will discover how the Great Commission of discipleship is proactive and unending. God’s method to save the world hinges on people letting Jesus do through them what He is doing in them. We pray these sessions equip and encourage you to make disciples who make disciples. 

Lesson 8: “My Heart Christ’s Home” by Robert Munger

Robert Munger was a Presbyterian minister and professor at Fuller Theological seminary. Over 10 million people have been impacted by his sermons, including but not limited to “My Heart Christ’s Home.” Using Ephesians 3:16 and the power of allegory, Mr. Munger explains in six brief yet full pages the process of making one’s heart the LORD’s home. Through understanding Christ’s right to the heart, we will understand Christ’s rule as Lord of our lives.

“My Heart Christ’s Home” by Robert Munger

Follow-Up Questions

  1. In John 14, Jesus says He is going to prepare a place for us. In Ephesians 3:16, The Apostle Paul speaks to us preparing a place in our hearts for Jesus. How is it possible for the living God to dwell within you?
  2. Mr. Monger describes five rooms of the heart. There is the library of thoughts, the dining room of desires, the living room of fellowship, the work room of abilities, and the recreational room of activities. Of these five rooms, which is most easy for you to give to God? And which is most difficult for you to give to God?
  3. How can we make a living room (fellowship with God) a priority we find on purpose instead of a place we find on accident?
  4. The hall closet is described as a place where we hide dead, shameful things we are clinging to. What dead thing do you have that must move from the hall closet to the hands of God?
  5. Lordship is transferring the title of your heart to God. Why does God have a right to your life?

Lesson 9: Every Student Welcomes by Sevo Lwali

Sevo Lwali is the National XAi Director, the ambassador for international student ministry to Chi Alpha staff, students, and the church. This visionary leader has a dream of reaching 100,000 internationals in Chi Alpha. In this lesson, Sevo shares his personal story of being an international student from Kenya on an American campus. Using Leviticus 19:33-34, he advocates for every Chi Alpha student to use the gospel to take international students from friendship to leadership.

Follow-Up Questions

  1. Why should we think discipleship from the first handshake with an international student?
  2. How can we love internationals like one of our own?
  3. We can spend thousands of dollars to go on a mission trip, but how can we connect with the world that comes into our classrooms?

Lesson 10: Evangelism by Sarah Fletcher

Sarah Fletcher is a product of Chi Alpha. During her freshman year, some Chi Alpha girls moved her into her dorm. During that year, they introduced her to Jesus, she gave her life to the LORD, and has been sharing the gospel ever since. In this lesson, Sarah uses 1 Peter 4:14 and Luke 6:22-23 to unpack the practics of evangelism to create confidence in starting conversations that lead to Jesus.

Follow-Up Questions

  1. What are the three possible outcomes of evangelism?
  2. Why is listening just as important as talking when it comes to evangelism?
  3. How are questions a powerful tool in conversation?

Lesson 11: Find, Feed, Fight by Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez serves as the National Training Director for Chi Alpha. Beginning with the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20, he explains how discipleship is a proactive process of finding, feeding, and fighting for the lost lambs of God.

Follow-Up Questions

  1. Explain whether discipleship is a calling for a few or a command for all.
  2. How do lost people become found?
  3. What is the difference between entertaining people and discipling people?
  4. What does it mean to fight for someone in truth and love?
  5. Who will hear “well done” because of you?

Phase Two: Practics

Table of Contents

Discipleship by Design
Chapters 1-12
Small Group Leader Podcast
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6

Discipleship by Design

“We must decide where we want our ministry to count—in the momentary applause of popular recognition or in the reproduction of our lives in a few chosen people who will carry on our work after we have gone. Really it is a question of which generation we are living for.” 

– Robert E. Coleman

Dr. Harvey Herman is one of the founders of Chi Alpha, a ministry to which he has given over four decades of his life. He currently serves as the National Program Director of Chi Alpha, and originally wrote this manual to help answer the why and how of discipleship. This manual has helped advance the Kingdom of God over multiple decades, across multiple universities, and received several translations to reach multiple countries. Within the book, Dr. Herman uses the Bible to address discipleship principles, theological foundations of the discipleship process, and practices for actually building and leading a small group.

Follow-Up Questions

  1. What are the attributes needed to be a disciple?
  2. What is the ultimate test of discipleship?
  3. How is spiritual leadership different then natural leadership?
  4. What is the difference between a purpose and a goal?
  5. How are small group and one-on-one ministry different and necessary?
  6. Why do we need to love the unlovable and accept the unacceptable?
  7.  What is the best type of leadership for small group?

Six Wins of a Small Group Leader

The Small Group Leader Podcast is a resource from the National Chi Alpha Ministry Center.  It is a podcast by small group leaders for small group leaders to be equipped and encouraged as they make disciples for Jesus.  In these first six episodes, we will go through the six wins of a small group leader to look at the practices the best small group leaders do every day to make disciples who make disciples.

Episode 1: Win #1 – Daily Devotion to Jesus

Follow-Up Questions

  1. Why should we abide in Jesus?
  2. How can we tithe our time to God?
  3. What will you do to spend extravagant time with Jesus? 

Episode 2: Win #2 – Every Conversation Leads to Jesus

Follow-Up Questions

  1. What is the difference between teaching morality and teaching Jesus?
  2. How can it become more organic to talk about Jesus?
  3. How can your conversation lead to Jesus today?

Episode 3: Win #3 – Be With Your Small Group Outside of Small Group

Follow-Up Questions

  1. Why is the level of relationship proportional to the level of commitment?
  2. How can you be with your small group outside of small group?
  3. If you do not like your small group, how can you change that?

Episode 4: Win #4 – Honor People To Other People

Follow-Up Questions

  1. What does honor do to someone?
  2. Why is community important for an individual?
  3. What can you do to honor someone today?

Episode 5: Win #5 – Delegate Responsibility To Create Maturity

Follow-Up Questions

  1. What happens to a leader if they do not delegate responsibility?
  2. What happens to the disciple if they never receive responsibility?
  3. How can you delegate responsibility to your small group?

Episode 6: Win #6 – The Grit to Keep Going

Follow-Up Questions

  1. What does grit mean?
  2. How have you failed in leading people in the past?
  3. What can you do to become confident in getting up and trying again?


Congratulations on completing LTC GO! We hope you feel more encouraged and more equipped to be a small group leader. Our prayer is for the convictions of real devotion, real community, and real responsibility to only grow stronger as you make disciples for Jesus this school year and beyond. Feel free to come back to this resource as many times as you need. May God bless you as you reconcile students to Christ, transforming the university, the marketplace, and the world.

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