The Four Fields
Field 1 is all about preparation. Before a farmer can sow seed he must first prepare the soil to receive it. He must till the ground, break up the hard soil and remove rocks. Jesus also talked about 4 soils in the Parable of the Sower (Matt. 13:3-9). Before a heart can receive the seed of God’s truth, the heart must be ready and fertile. Otherwise the birds can steal it, the thorns of life can choke it, or the roots can be too shallow to find nutrition and the plant withers. So before the discipleship process can begin some preparatory work must be done.
The first thing is identifying the field; where does God want you to work? The first and most obvious field is your immediate family. From there you expand to other people in you sphere of influence, your coworkers, friends and acquaintances. Finally, you branch out to your neighborhoods. Then you need to cultivate the field through prayer and developing trust in the relationships.
Here are a few tools to help you in the entry process of Field 1, Soil Preparation.
Field 2 is focused on evangellism. It is about getting out with the people. It is looking for that person that the Holy Spirit has been working on and telling them about Jesus. Easy right? If you are like most Christians this is the bottle neck of evangelism. In Field 2 you can learn some proven tools to help become proficient in planting seeds of God's truth.
Field 3 is about growth. After a person accepts Christ they don't immediately know what to do. What is Christianity really? What is this baptism stuff? How do I pray and study the Bible? These and many more questions will need to be answered for the person to effectivly continue on in the discipleship process.
Gather to Scatter
Field 4 is about gathering and scattering. As the disciples meet together in dynamic growth environments and implement structured processes for obedience applied across their personal maps, a distributed network of discipleship begins moving through a region. A fourth element in the Father’s plan is to gather disciples from multiple groups together in a meeting that is visible from the outside, open to the public, and useful for engaging the community as an organization.