There are stages of equipping.
1. Infant – new Christian, goal is to protect and nourish. They consume.
2. Adolescent – Growing Christian, goal is to nourish and explore. They are learning how to walk, run and play. (will play house, doing ministry without knowing what God wants)
3. Young Adult – maturing Christian, goal is to give responsibility with accountability. Can feed themselves, take care of themselves. They are realizing that there is a reality that is outside of themselves.
4. Parent – Reproducing Christian, goal is to equip through ministry and disciple.