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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.


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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.

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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


Friday, 18 September 2015 17:53

What Is a Biblical Disciple?

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Point 1. To many Christians the term “disciple” speaks of a believer who exhibits an acceptable level of observable Christian behavior.

Since one’s behavior is a product of one’s convictions (values), we believe being a “disciple” should more accurately be understood to reflect a believer’s disposition and relationship with the Lord. In this lesson we seek to focus on a disciple’s heart attitude, rather than just what a disciple “does.”

... Man does not see what the LORD sees, for man sees what is visible, but the LORD sees the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7)

Godly Behavior is an Outcome of Godly Convictions

Point 2. The pivotal issue that a disciple has dealt with is that of Christ’s lordship over his life. In other words, the believer has considered the claims of Christ, and has concluded that the best workable relationship is for the Lord to be in charge of his entire life. One of Christ’s claims is that of ownership (having authority over that which is owned).

1 Cor. 6:19-20 Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.
1 Cor. 7:23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.

God’s ownership of the Christian is a factual truth, which is not dependent on the believer’s acknowledgment of it. I do not bestow ownership, I can only acknowledge and act upon what He states to be already true.

New believers will typically not be resistant to this truth, because they don’t have preconceived ideas of God’s expectations. In contrast, older believers tend to accept this truth intellectually, but be resistant to the implications.

What are the implications of ownership? What rights or authority are generally understood to be conveyed by ownership?

Does an owner not have the right to do whatever he wants with his property?

He Owns Me (Whether I Believe It or Not). His Ownership s Not Dependent on My Acceptance

It (being a disciple) involved personal allegiance to Him, expressed in following Him and giving Him an exclusive loyalty. In at least some cases it meant literal abandonment of home, business ties and possessions, but in every case readiness to put the claims of Jesus first, whatever the cost, was demanded. Such an attitude went well beyond the normal pupil-teacher relationship and gave the word ‘disciple’ a new sense. (The New Bible Dictionary)

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 15:12

Thoughts on Growing New Believers (Part 4)

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What do we mean by the terms “self-dependent” and “carnal?”

In the Bible we see a contrast between “spiritual believers” and “self-dependent (carnal) believers.” This, we believe, is the contrast brought out in Proverbs 3:5-6, ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding (insight – AMP); think about (acknowledge - AMP) Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.’

We also need to distinguish between “disposition” and “acts of behavior”. What we “do” is an expression of what we “are.” One of the best examples is the contrast between King David and King Saul (see also Lesson 3-3). King David was described by God as a “spiritual man” (referring to the disposition of his heart). Acts 13:22 – ‘After removing him [king Saul], He raised up David as their king and testified about him: ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man loyal to Me, who will carry out all My will.’

But nobody would suggest that David's behavior was pleasing to God when he committed adultery and murder. On the other hand, King Saul’s heart disposition was characterized by a pattern of “self-dependence.” As a result, when faced with decisions related to behavior, King Saul consistently “leaned on his own human understanding”, rather than walking by faith in God’s leading. It is important to note that Spiritual believers do not always trust God in every situation (see Paul in 2 Cor. 1:8-9 and 12:7), and “self-dependent” (“carnal”) believers often call upon the Lord in times of distress and crisis.

Another example is the clear contrast between Joshua and Caleb and the other ten Israelite tribal leaders (see also Lesson 3-4). All were sent by God to survey the Promised Land. All twelve men saw the same things, but only two men, Joshua and Caleb, had a “faithful” heart disposition that led them to trust God’s promise. The other ten had a disposition of trusting in their own human reasoning, which led them to forfeit God’s intended blessings. In Joshua 14:7-8, Caleb relates, ‘I was 40 years old when Moses the Lord’s servant sent me from Kadesh-Barnea to scout the land, and I brought back an honest report (according to my convictions - NIV). My brothers who went with me caused the people’s hearts to melt with fear, but I remained loyal to the Lord my God (wholeheartedly – NIV).’

In Numbers 14:24, God says of Caleb, ‘... since My servant Caleb has a different spirit and has followed Me completely, I will bring him into the land where he has gone,...’

In the DTI materials, we use the term “spiritual” to describe believers who have chosen to acknowledge God as the One who can best oversee and manage their lives, and who view themselves as “servants of God their Master” (Lordship). We use the terms “self-dependent” and “carnal” to describe believers who have either willingly, or ignorantly, not chosen to acknowledge and accept the authority and Lordship of Christ over their life. Unfortunately, we believe the Biblical concept of “self-dependence” would characterize about 70-80% of believers found in the American evangelical Christian community.

His Lordship

Again, we need to be careful to apply the terms “spiritual” and “self-dependent” (carnal) to “heart attitude” (disposition) rather than to “external behavior”. If we convey to others that the terms “spiritual” or “self-dependent” refer mainly to external behavior, then we will be unconsciously promoting the misconception of focusing on external behavior, rather than the Biblical concept of focusing on the “internal transformation,” from which external behavior is derived.

Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

Matthew 12:34 ... For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.


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