When pastor’s wife and homeschooling mom Alyssa Caudill found herself teaching women’s Bible studies, she quickly felt the weight of the task. “I did not want to teach people ‘Alyssa Theology.’ I wanted to teach them the Bible.”
This awareness led her down a path of sharpening her skills as a Bible teacher and disciple maker. In her breakout at the Priority Women’s Conference, “Key Components of Discipleship,” she shared essentials for women seeking to make the most of the discipling opportunities God has placed in front of them.
“One of the most important keys is a firm foundation,” she said, to know the biblical ‘why’ behind making disciples. The ‘why’ leads a believer to persevere in the face of discouragement or spiritual warfare. Caudill said passages such as Matthew 28:18-20 and 2 Timothy 3:1-7 lay that foundation, and Titus 2:1-5 sets disciple making as the role for all believers.
Once the foundation is laid and some logistics are set, spiritual disciplines fill out the discipling toolkit. These ensure that the goal for both teacher and student are the same. Caudill says “practice what you teach.”
Using these keys creates healthy Christian women, Caudill said. “She knows who she is in Christ and knows her virtues and lives them out. This keeps her from getting caught up in whatever is going on in her world.”
Her husband, Drake Caudill, pastor’s First Baptist Church of Carmi, IL.