Thursday, 09 February 2017 08:09

The Equipping The Saints Model (working in Cuba!)

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Besides offering our FREE discipleship manual and other training resources here on our web site, DTI is committed in equipping believers in the Church Body to be disciple-makers who make disciples. It's based on the "Train The Trainers" model used in many business industries. In the spiritual realm we call it "Equipping The Saints" based on Ephesians 4:11-16.

This model takes time to implement, however we believe that it will actually extend the "life" of most pastors as burn-out is an epidemic crippling the Church.

Pertaining to our on-going mission in Cuba we have been implementing the Equipping model for several years now empowering the Cuban facilitators to replace the US Team which saves the ministry money and allows the Cubans to learn the Model and implement it in their local churches. The fruit is now surely evident.

Here are some observations from our just completed conference in Cienfuegos.

When we first started coming to Cuba in 2009, we had to bring a large team from the United States. But our goal was always to equip the Cuban pastors and leaders to facilitate the small groups and take on other responsibilities. Over the past three years we have reduced our traveling team to four. Primarily Frank and Jeannette (Meitz) teach in the general sessions, with Pablo and Martha (Garcia) translating for them and each facilitating their own breakout group. All along, the Cubans were being groomed to be the lead facilitators - since they know best culturally how to convey the DTI concepts (contextualization).

The biggest transformation in their small group leadership style is the transition from preaching to facilitating that we have been emphasizing. We now incorporate a mini facilitation guide in the Cuban DTI manual so that every leader can facilitate for maximum effectiveness when leading small groups.

In this conference their leadership rocketed to new levels. They performed their own dramas; several led team meetings; and some invited others that they began grooming to learn how to facilitate their own small group.

Contact us to learn more about the Equipping The Saints model.

Thursday, 02 February 2017 15:42

Empower, Encourage, Equip, Enjoy!

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In the aftermath of our just completed 11th conference in Cuba we ask the following question. How do we measure the success of a discipleship conference? 

Over the years we have heard various Cuban leaders lamenting about the all too common problem when other ministries enter Cuba, conduct a conference and then leave without empowering and equipping those who attend to implement the material. Many of you may have even experienced this in your own professional careers. Just look at your bookshelf's...

So DTI has been very strategic in our method of "Equipping The Saints" for our Cuba conferences. This means that with the help of our existing Cuban leaders (who have been with us for several years now) we seek other spiritually mature Cuban believers who are passionate about the Lord and already have a proclivity to investing in the lives of others (not necessarily the best "teachers") and equip them how to spiritually mentor new believers. We also encourage them to assume a leadership role by accepting the responsibility of modeling to others what we model to them during the week.

Sometimes in other cultures people will be courteous, not wanting to offend, but then not implement what they received once you leave because they don't think they have the authority to do so. So we have spent a lot of time empowering the Cuban leaders to implement the spiritual mentoring process in their home churches after we leave. To help mitigate any excuses, we give each attendee a second DTI manual to be used with a new believer immediately upon their return home from the conference.

The end result? This empowering, encouraging, and equipping has led to numerous testimonies of how people are growing in the Lord, making good decisions, marriages are being healed, behaviors are changing and we get to enjoy some of the fruit God is producing!

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Monday, 09 January 2017 14:54

Discipleship Training - Cuba Jan, 2017!

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Details are coming together for our two January, 2017 back-to-back discipleship training conferences in Cuba for Cienfuegos and Villa Clara provinces.

We know that God is in control, and our “job” is to be in continual fellowship with Him, and pray.

There are many ways you can partner with us, and our biggest need is prayer.

Click here for our newsletter which lists how you can pray with us for this event.


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Cuba DTI Team from November 2015

Thursday, 05 January 2017 14:40

Q & A With Art Barkley

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Q. Our church has been reviewing the DTI ‘Tool For Personal Discipleship” for some time now and would like to start implementing Phase 1 with the Spiritual Mentoring process you promote; discipling believers one-on-one. Do you suggest the mentor cover all of the Phase 1 content with the mentee? How long should this take?

A. I’m very pleased to know of your interest in being used by the Lord to disciple others.

The answer is yes, we recommend covering all of the Phase 1 lessons in order, as the lessons are built upon each other, similar to a house being built on a foundation, then the walls, roof, wallshouse walls and roof

The time involved is totally relative to the spiritual understanding and faithfulness of the disciple. Since each believer is “unique” we can’t make precise blanket statements, but we can make some general statements.

In the past few years I’ve spent considerable time with several believers who have listened intently, but have been very slow to allow the Lord to make practical application in their lives.

On the other hand, in a relatively short time some disciples have blossomed in a beautiful and fruitful way.

Our goal is not to simply instill knowledge, nor to try to form the disciple into a certain preconceived image, but rather to deepen their personal relationship with Him, and to help them to cooperate with Him, so that He can mold their life into a faithful and useful vessel that is available to Him for His purposes.

The pace of each disciple’s growth can vary considerably, as some will desire to proceed at a rapid pace, while other will prefer a slower pace.

And each believer has personal issues and past history that will probably need to be addressed, affecting the progress time.

When I am about to disciple a newer believer, I typically anticipate spending about a year with them going through Phase 1. Older believers may need a shorter time.


Watch this video explaining how to use the DTI Tool


Monday, 18 January 2016 12:25

NEW - Updated Free Discipleship Manual

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DTI is please to announce an updated "A Tool For Personal Discipleship" manual is now available in the "Free Lessons" section of our web site.

Thursday, 10 December 2015 12:47

Cuba November Conference Newsletter

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DTI just completed our eighth Equipping The Saints conference in Bayamo Cuba this past November. Click here to read the newsletter that contains many stories and testimonies of what God is doing in Cuba as well as seeing several pictures from the five-day workshop.

We are tentatively scheduled to return to Cuba in January of 2017. We seek your prayers for the next conference as there are many logistical and financial hurdles that we need to overcome.

Many blessings from Discipler Training International.

If you are not enrolled in our electronic newsletter scroll down to the bottom of the page and subscribe.

Saturday, 05 December 2015 11:05

A Testimony From Cuba

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A DTI Team just completed our 8th "Equipping The Saints" conference in Cuba. Here'a a video testimony given by Cesar, one of our Cuban trainers, of how a lady came to the Lord, just by listening to the DTI lessons being taught at a church. We are blessed by how God is working in the lives and hearts of the people in Cuba.

We'll be posting more stories from the Cuba conference here and through our electronic newsletter. If you're not signed up for our newsletter scroll down to the bottom of the page and subscribe.


Saturday, 17 October 2015 12:57

3 Areas of Temptations

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We can divide our lives into three distinct categories.

  1. Time
  2. Energy
  3. Possessions.

These three areas of my life are where I need to yield my independence and acknowledge His Lordship authority. In this video teaching, we use the examples of Adam and Eve in the Garden, Jesus being tempted by Satan, the Prophet Jeremiah and portions of 1 John.

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Art discussed discipleship in this live interview on radio station KNIS (Carson City, NV) on January 30, 2007

We believe there are some foundational principles that all believers, especially newer believers, need to understand. Our desire is to give each newer believer (and any spiritually hungry older believer) a clear overview of the Christian life and a basic understanding of God’s objectives. We believe that the failure to clearly explain essential Biblical concepts and goals to new converts initially so they learn them early in their walk, is one of the main reasons for the lack of spiritual vitality in the Christian community.

Click the "Play" button below in the Media Manager to listen to the interview.


Monday, 28 September 2015 13:52

DTI is going back to Cuba!

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God is working out the details for our 9th Cuba workshop -- in November!

In just a few weeks our four DTI traveling team members leave for Bayamo, Cuba, where over 200 pastors and church leaders are planning to attend the five day conference.

The evidence of God working through the discipleship process has caused great anticipation and excitement. Lives are being transformed!

View the newsletter of the November 2014 conference in Camaguey, Cuba, by clicking here.

Will you Partner with us in PRAYER:

  1. Cuban Religious Visas: that they arrive on time! They showed up three days before leaving on our last trip! We serve a “just in time” God!
  2. Cuban Trainers: Nine Cuban trainers have committed to lead the small group breakouts, a critical part of the conference, since we are only bringing two DTI Spanish-speaking trainers, Pablo and Martha Garcia.
  3. We marvel at how God has prepared new Cuban trainers, as our goal (in Cuba and elsewhere) is to disciple and train local leadership to be disciplers / spiritual mentors. Please pray for their preparation and availability to attend.
  4. FOOD: It is a monumental task to accumulate and prepare the meals necessary to feed 200 people for 5 days.
  5. Cuban Pastors and church leaders: That God will prepare their hearts and minds and that they arrive to the conference safely and rested.
  6. Traveling Trainers: for good health and safe travels.
  7. Finances: for God to lay on the hearts of His people to sponsor pastors, so we can accommodate everyone who desires to attend.

Will you Partner with us in GIVING:


  • DTI pays for attendees' lodging, meals, transportation, and DTI materials, since most people in Cuba make about $30 / month, leaving no additional resources.
  • $20 per pastor is about what it costs for the entire 5 days! The total need for 200 pastors is $4,000.
  • DTI Manuals can be printed for approximately $1.25 in Cuba. We also attempt to provide additional copies for the pastors to use when they return to their churches.

You may drop a check in the mail made out to DTI (mark "Cuba" in the memo)
Send to Discipler Training Intl. · PO Box 61911 · Reno, NV 89506 · USA

OR Click on the Donate button at the bottom of our web page to securely give on-line for the Cuban ministry.

OR send us an email with questions by clicking here

Also prayerfully consider giving monthly just for the manuals so we can send more and more often.

cuban discipleship students with the DTI manuals

 TRAVELING TRAINERS:  Frank & Jeannette Meitz DTI / Life Church - Reno, NV
Pablo & Martha Garcia Link Int'l. Ministries - Ensenada, MX

Frank and Jeannette Meitz


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