Care Net does not recommend this scenario.
The goal is to get the church to own the vision of Making Life Disciples. It is best when centers facilitate the conversation, empower, and support a leader inside the church.
Again, the key thing is for pregnancy centers to initiate and support the implementation of MLD in a way that allows the church to own the vision.
Q: How long does it take to go through Making Life Disciples?
Making Life Disciples (MLD) is designed to be completed in eight, 2-3 hour sessions. We also have a chart that gives guidance on how to run MLD as it is designed (2-3 hours sessions), as well as with 1.5-hour and 1-hour time formats.
Q: Who should be the contact for the church’s Making Life Disciples’ leader at the local pregnancy center?
This will vary based on the size of the center. From the church’s perspective, however, the most important thing is that the pregnancy center contact be someone who is reliable, accessible, and understands the vision of Making Life Disciples.
Q: Does Care Net support Making life Disciples leaders in any special way?
Yes, we have volunteer MLD Regional Coordinators throughout the nation that are prepared to help you bring MLD to your local church. When you sign up to implement MLD at makinglifedisciples.com, Care Net will assign one of them to you. These volunteers will then reach out to coach you through the implementation steps, answer any questions, offer encouragement, and begin praying for your success.
Q: Why doesn’t MLD have more discipleship content in it for men and women facing an unplanned pregnancy?
Most churches have established systems or a process of discipleship in place (i.e. resources from theNavigators, something like Saddleback’s baseball diamond, Celebrate Recovery, Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, parenting or marriage courses, etc.) but they don’t have an on-ramp to that discipleship for someone in an unplanned pregnancy. MLD gives them that on-ramp.
Q: What is the difference between Embrace Grace and Making Life Disciples?
- Making Life Disciples is an equipping resource to prepare believers for outreach to women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy. Making Life Disciples, then, prepares a congregation to love and disciple girls through a program like Embrace Grace.
- Embrace Grace is for girls who are pregnant. Making Life Disciples is for those that will offer compassion, hope, and help to those girls.
- Embrace Grace is a great off-ramp from Making Life Disciples.
Making Life Disciples is the gateway to a program like Embrace Grace.