12  P E T E C H A R E T T E By developing an organized procedure, church leaders will be able to invest more time in the lives of Jesus’ disciples and less time trying to develop structures. There will be less stress, and as time goes on, the process will become more efficient. I am not advocating being a slave to the system, but rather, we must develop an understanding of the goals of the maturation process and have a planned method to get there. To Whom Is This Book Written? I stated above that it is my goal to see the Church live out her mandate from God to mature Christ’s disciples. Therefore, this book is written first to pastors and church leaders, to as- sist them in living out this mandate. Second, this book serves as a guide for the laypeople who are engaged in discipleship ac- tivities. Discipleship involves coming alongside the disciples and guiding them through the path of maturity. In the same manner, this book is designed to “come alongside” the discipler, to assist and guide them. My plan is that going through the MPF will serve as the training platform for laypeople, to equip them to mature other disciples. Disciplers do not have to be able to understand and communicate at a seminary level in order to be effective in the maturation of other disciples. This book includes Bible study content presented in the appendices to teach disciplers basic bib- lical interpretation principles, which they can, in turn, pass on to their disciples. The challenges the American Church faces to- day in the lack of maturity of her disciples makes a churchwide implementation of this system both logical and necessary. The Most Important Thing I have waited until the end of this Introduction to comment on perhaps the single most important aspect of the maturation pro- cess. The process of evangelism and the process of maturation share one overarching aspect. It is God who does the real work. It is the job of the evangelist to proclaim the truth of the gospel, but