T214 Discipleship Intensive
T214 is an invitation only, one year discipleship intensive that seeks to grow your character, faith and calling by refocusing your life around God and His mission in the world.
The name T214 comes from the book of Titus:
[Jesus Christ] who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.Titus 2:14, ESV
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You struggle for meaningful growth in your relationship with God, and you battle for sanctifying progress in your life – often with no visible results.
- You want to grow deeper but don’t know how.
- You want to know God more fully but succumb to the temptation of relational laziness.
- You want to be consistent in your study of the Word but lack the ability to persevere and the community to hold you accountable.
- You want your life to be marked by the gospel but don’t know what that actually means.
- You want to step into the mission of God’s kingdom but don’t know where you fit.
- You want to see more fruit in your life but don’t know what makes it grow.
- You want to build life-giving friendships but can’t get past surface level conversations.
As such, you only scratch the surface of the magnitude of God’s power and presence in the world and in your life. You walk without a true sense of purpose, moving because you know you have to, not because you know where you are going. You miss out on participating in good works because you can’t see them in front of you. You fail to lead yourself, your family, your friends and your peers in the way you know you can and should.
The T214 Response
T214 compels men to step into the glorious joy of a thriving relationship with God.
- You develop the rhythms to grow in your relationship with God, both in breadth and depth.
- You develop the reflexes to fight against passivity and lean into God and His word.
- You develop the positive habit of reading, studying and sharing the Word on a consistent basis.
- You develop a gospel mindset that permeates every area of your life.
- You develop your purpose as it relates to God’s mission in the world and His will in your life.
- You develop the Godly character that makes fruit grow more visibly and abundantly in your life.
- You develop deeper bonds with other men that encourage, strengthen and affirm your faith and calling.
The T214 Vision of Results
At the end of the T214 discipleship intensive, the following will be true of you:
- You will be a man who delights in the Bible, devotes time to prayer and develops Godly disciplines that produce abundant kingdom fruit.
- You will be a man who sees a noticeable gospel transformation in your life, your family and your work.
- You will be a man who has read the entire Bible chronologically with fellow believers.
- You will be a man who has created personal and family mission statements.
- You will be a man who has made an impact in your local community through the completion of a service project.
- You will be a man who is equipped to lead believers in a small group setting.
- You will be a man who is trained and ready to lead a group of men through T214.
Upon completion, you will walk with a greater sense of purpose, equipped with the spiritual disciplines necessary to walk in humble confidence along the path God has laid before you. You will step into the good works God has prepared for you. You will grow in your leadership capacity and ability. You will experience God’s grace, mercy and love in profound, life-altering ways. And, you will be ready to disciple and train other men to experience the same.
T214 Values & Beliefs
- We read, study and share the Word.
- We believe that reading, studying and sharing the Word is the foundational component of healthy, maturing believers.
- We lead magnetically.
- We believe that we are called to lead and invite others into the process of leading in our homes, workplaces and communities.
- We communicate effectively.
- We believe that effective communication in our relationships nourishes and builds the body of Christ.
- We fight against passivity.
- We believe that our calling to be zealous in good works is shipwrecked by the allure of passivity.
- We aren’t afraid of getting better.
- We believe that sanctification is a lifelong journey of humble improvement in every aspect of our lives.
To cultivate gospel saturated leaders who are zealous for good works.
To be humble in our posture and confident in God’s power.
Once a month, a T214 group will meet together. The meeting lasts up to 2 hours (but no longer) and consists of the following topics of discussion:
What good news do you have to share with your brothers from the past month? Share what’s been going on in your life. Bring your wins and your losses. We are called to rejoice in all situations and abound in thanksgiving. No matter what circumstances you find yourself in, there is always something to be thankful for.
This is a time to be open and honest with your brothers. Lasting bonds form when we can both know and be known. Humble yourself so that your brothers may honor, encourage and affirm you.
God is actively working in your life, and the more you talk about it, the more likely you are to see his loving kindness visible each day.
Have you been consistent in reading the Word? What have you learned while reading? What new truths has God revealed to you? What has been difficult to understand or comprehend?
Discussing the Word together is how we grow together. This is a time to share what is on your heart as you have studied the Word. Maybe the Scriptures are coming alive, or maybe the Scriptures feel hard to decipher. Talk about it together to get insight and encouragement from one another.
This is also a time to hold one another accountable for reading. Remember, this is a commitment you have made, and if one of you is struggling, take the opportunity to speak the truth in love to your brother. Encourage and call them up to building the discipline to read the Word regularly. The Bible has the powerful words of life, and we desperately need them every day!
During the course of your time in T214, you will grow in many different ways. You will read a book together. You will do a service project together. You will share leadership principles together. You will do good works together.
This is an intentional time to go deeper on those subjects. The T214 leader may use this time to go over training for leading a small group or to plan your service project. You may also use this time to discuss other topics that benefit you and your brothers, such as questions on theology, loving your family well, etc.
Each person will have a section dedicated to them where they can share items for discussion. It’s the perfect place to identify, discuss and (potentially) solve questions or problems that have come up since your last meeting.
Each person needs to share one (and only one) specific area where they need prayer. Then, your group will spend time praying over that one area for each person.
You will continue praying for that one specific thing for each person daily until you meet again.
During the T214 intensive, you and your fellow men will read one book together from the T214 library of recommended books.
Your T214 leader will select a book from the library that best suits the composition of your group. Book topics can range from prayer to theology to community to mission.
You will select the book in the first quarter of the intensive, and you will read the book during the second quarter of the intensive. Then, you will discuss the book further in the deep dive section of your monthly meetings.
Part of the T214 beliefs is that we are leaders who create leaders. During the T214 intensive, you will receive training to help you grow in your leadership capabilities.
You will learn how to motivate people, mediate tenuous circumstances, de-escalate situations, care for people dealing with the impact of grave sin, build fruitful relationships and even move the right needles in your work.
You will also learn the process for both leading and facilitating small group meetings. You will learn how to communicate expectations, study and prepare for group discussion, pray for your people, coordinate social events and develop other people to help lead along with you.
At the halfway mark of the T214 intensive, you will begin the process of creating personal and family mission statements. These are special documents that give an enduring sense of purpose in your life.
They help define the parameters by which you make decisions, build relationships and evaluate opportunities.
They will also give you much needed direction in your life. They answer the questions:
- What does it mean to be me?
- What does it mean to be part of my family?
- What does it mean to serve God as part of my family?
- What does it mean to serve others as part of my family?
Maybe you hold excellence dear to your heart. Maybe you are exceedingly generous in your time, talents and treasures. Maybe you deeply value relationships.
Your personal and family mission statements will codify your beliefs and values into a cohesive vision for you and your family.
This is a long process that often requires numerous edits and revisions. T214 allots 3-5 months for you to create, modify and finalize these documents. During that time, you will receive input and insight from your fellow T214 members.
Community Service Project
There are few things more powerful for relational bonding than working together with a shared purpose for the common good.
During the second quarter of the T214 intensive, you will select a community service project to complete. It could be redoing the landscaping for a house in an underserved neighborhood. It could be roofing a house for a needy family. It could be serving at your local food bank.
Once you have selected your project, you and your T214 group will complete it during the last half of the year. The T214 leader will coordinate and schedule the project with the help of the rest of the T214 group.
T214 has a long-term vision to build and nourish the body of Christ through the development of healthy, maturing men.
Replication is important. As you go through the T214 process, you will be asked to consider leading a group of men through T214 yourself.
In October, a group social event will be thrown where you can invite men to learn more about T214. It will be a time of food, fellowship and fun. During the gathering, you will have the opportunity to share about T214 to others and the impact it has had on your life.
In November, you will be asked to formally invite men to join you in a T214 group the following year. This will be done on a 1-to-1 basis. When they accept, you will share with them all the details about T214 and begin preparing them to join you on the T214 journey for the following year.
Your intensive begins! You will start by joining the same chronological Bible reading plan (The Bible Recap) on the Bible app. You will also begin The Bible Recap podcast that accompanies the reading plan.
You will be asked to complete your first T214 survey to assess your current spiritual condition and goals. This will be used as a guide to understand how to serve you better during the intensive and as a reflective tool to give visibility into your progress.
Your first week of the intensive is complete! Take a moment to celebrate and encourage your brothers who have persevered with you. It’s a small win now that will produce big fruit later.
You have finished your first book of the Bible – Job! You are learning the new rhythms and routines necessary to read your Bible and pray daily. While you haven’t figured them out yet, you are beginning to get a sense of where they will fit into your busy day.
You are also beginning to see how reading the Bible and praying daily is having an impact on your life. At this point, you may want to consider journaling your progress, as it will help you reflect on the changes taking place in your heart and life.
You have completed your first full month of the T214 discipleship intensive! God’s grace, mercy and love has abounded in you enough that you would reach this important day.
You’ve now completed two books of the Bible: Job and Genesis. You are beginning to find a rhythm of reading the Word and praying to your heavenly father who cares for you deeply.
You’ve also likely noticed that Satan has been actively fighting against you in this endeavor. He wants nothing more than to destroy your resolve. You’ve likely missed some days and had to catch up, or maybe you’ve found yourself caught in a cycle of being behind.
Don’t fret – the Spirit that lives within us is far more powerful than the spirit that rules the air. Ask God to work powerfully within you for his glory and your good, and ask your brothers to keep you accountable. You can do it, and the men walking along with you will keep you moving forward.
You’ve reached “habit” day! Statistically speaking, you’ve formed a positive habit of reading your Bible and praying each day. You may not do it every day, but you are consistent enough that it has begun to stick.
Celebrate this victory with your brothers and encourage those that are still working to build the daily rhythms.
You have completed your first quarter of the T214 discipleship intensive. The bond with your brothers has begun to grow, and you are clearly seeing the impact that daily Bible reading and prayer is having on your life.
It’s time to fill out your second T214 survey to assess your progress and give your feedback to your group leader. This feedback will help your leader understand how to better serve you and make adjustments to the intensive.
Today is yet another important milestone in the T214 discipleship intensive. You will begin reading a book with the other men in your group. You will read this book during the next 90 days and discuss it during your regular meetings together.
The book will be chosen by your leader from a list of T214 recommended books.
Today is the day you will begin the process of finding a community service project to work on as a group. Gather ideas from all the men in your group, and then share them in your monthly deep dive. Your goal will be to have the idea agreed upon by everyone before the second quarter ends, and then you will complete the service project at some point during the second half of the year.
Congratulations – you are half way through the T214 discipleship intensive!
Celebrate this milestone with your band of brothers. Go grab dinner together within the next 30 days and spend time reflecting on who God is and rejoicing in what God has done in your life.
It is also at this point that you will begin assembling your personal and family mission statements. You will meet together with your group to build mission statements that give you and your family a greater sense of purpose and meaning during your time here on earth.
You have officially finished reading the Old Testament portion of the Bible! You now have a full picture of God and his work prior to Jesus coming to earth.
And if you haven’t already, today is the day you begin to consider your desire to lead other men in T214. If you believe God is moving you in that direction, actively look for men who you believe would be good candidates to invite to the next T214 discipleship intensive.
You are now half way through reading the New Testament. At this point, you should have your personal and family mission statements written, revised and solidified.
Also, if you believe God is stirring within you a desire to lead a T214 discipleship intensive group, you should have your 2-5 men identified. You will want to begin sending formal invitations to them to consider joining T214 with you next year.
Wow – what a tapestry of God’s grace, mercy and love in you: you have finished the T214 discipleship intensive!
You are a changed man, and people notice. Your life is marked by the presence of gospel humility. Your love for God has grown deep and wide.
This is a momentous day. Give God all the glory, and give the other men in your group honor and praise. You have persevered together, and God’s grace is abounding in each of you.
To commemorate, your T214 leader will organize a special dinner in January of the following year. This is a time where you can meet together and recount God’s magnificent grace, mercy and love. Share your victories, defeats and everything in between. If you have journaled during the process, share some of you journal entries and encourage one another with your growth. This is also an excellent time for new T214 leaders to ask questions to the previous T214 group leader. Use it as an opportunity to clarify your role and get answers related to leading T214 well.
Once again – congratulations on successfully completing the T214 discipleship intensive!
Each member of a T214 group must sign the T214 Covenant, a document that clarifies expectations regarding the responsibilities of each T214 group member. Both the T214 leader and T214 member must sign the covenant together as a sign of their commitment to the process.
T214 is an invitation only, one year discipleship intensive that seeks to grow your character, faith and calling by refocusing your life around God and His mission in the world.
T214 spans an entire year. It begins on January 1 and ends on December 31.
T214 groups can have a maximum of 6 men, including the leader. The size limitations are intentional so that you can form tighter bonds with the men in your group and dig deeper in your time together.
T214 is not for the faint of heart. God’s Word and His mission in this world require much from us. The covenant is a sign of your commitment to growth and the growth of the men in your group.
Life happens. Kids get sick. Work gets busy. Holidays and vacations occur. Daily reading is the aim, but you will inevitably miss some days. Don’t beat yourself up. If you get behind, there is grace!
However, it should be noted that you may not be able to participate as fully in your monthly meeting time. And, it is likely that the other men will hold you accountable, which is a good thing!
A good rule of thumb: don’t miss twice. Keep the chain going, and if you miss a day, don’t miss the next one.
Do you have questions about the T214 Discipleship Intensive? Contact me, and I’d like to talk about it more with you!