Bright Lights Internship/Bright Lights Local Group

4:12 – Organized, One-on-one Discipleship

If you would have come to the Bright Lights office last night, you would have found pairs of girls scattered throughout the building studying and praying together. It was the first night of something new in Bright Lights. Something special! Sarah designed and organized a new way to provide one-on-one discipleship for those within our Bright Lights group who are interested in deeper fellowship and accountability.
Emma and Hannah

She divided them into pairs (an older girl and younger girl) and gave them each 4:12 booklets to do together. What do I mean by “4:12”? Well, that’s what we named this new program. It actually stands for three Scripture references:

1 Timothy 4:12 – “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”

Ephesians 4:12 – “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ”

Colossians 4:12 – “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

Ellen and Katie

Each pair spent time getting acquainted, studying Scripture, sharing prayer requests, setting a “goal” for the week, choosing a memory verse for the week, discussing and talking through several other thought-provoking questions from the “4:12” booklets, making braclets, and eating freshly baked cinnamon sugar soft pretzels.

Mary and Abigail

The partners will meet once a week for eight weeks, praying for each other throughout. We are excited about each team and how they are paired up. We prayed over each combination and feel that the Lord really arranged just the perfect matches. I think He has special things in store.


  1. Hello. I love the idea of 4:12! Are those booklets available for purchase online? I am a youth leader at my church (along with many other parents!) and I thought this might be something good to introduce to them there. Our focus for the month of March is discipleship — so this might go nicely!!

  2. Hi Grace, Wow it’s sounds really wonderful and I will pray for these new mini Bright Lights groups too!

  3. That looks like something I would have loved to do with an older girl when I was younger! Please let me know if you decide to sell the booklets, there are some girls in my BL group I would love to do this with!

  4. Patty and Allison: Thank you for your encouragement and interest in the 4-12 booklets! We are still developing the curriculum, but yes, we’d love to see others doing “4-12 groups” in their area in the future. The material probably won’t be finished for a few months though…Please stay in touch with us!

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