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Category: Discipleship

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Become a Level 5 Disciple Maker

by Bobby Harrington: Discipleship.org and Exponential pulled together top national disciple making leaders to map out 5 levels of disciple making. Our model shows people moving from conversion where a person starts as a spiritual infant (level 1) on up through levels 2 and 3 to reach level 4, a personal disciple […]

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The Top Book Recommendations of 12 Disciple Making Leaders

by Bobby Harrington: Discipleship.org asked the leaders of 12 Disciple Making ministries that partner with us to share their top 2 book recommendations. We told everyone to assume the recommendations of two classics: The Master Plan of Evangelism, by Robert Coleman and The Cost of Discipleship, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. We also […]

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How to Transform a Community

By Rich Perez: One of the great and worthy causes of church planting is the desire to influence neighborhoods and cities for the gospel of Jesus. We long to shape the hearts of our friends, families, and neighbors, and by doing so to shape the systems and structures of our cities. […]

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Unique to Your Gifts, Passions and Walk with Christ

Written by Bobby Harrington and Greg Wiens: Your ability to make disciples is not dependent on personality, position, knowledge, education, age ethnicity, background, season of life, or your score on this disciple maker assessment. Your disciple making ability is not dependent on your gifts, passions and walk with Christ. There are […]

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10 Disciple Making Trends to Watch in 2018

by Bobby Harrington: A national disciple making movement in North America is starting to take off. Groups and networks are forming everywhere. Over 1400 pastors and leaders from around the country joined 17 networks/organizations at our second annual National Disciple Making Forum last fall. It is a big topic at many […]

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Church Planting Versus Starting a Church

by Peyton Jones: MISSION OBJECTIVES: To understand the difference between Church Starting and Church Planting. To understand the difference between what Paul did versus what we do. In Saving Private Ryan, Tom Hanks’s character receives an apology that his squad is getting deployed to another dangerous mission.  In Saving Private […]

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Healthy Church Growth: Programs vs. Path

Today’s post is written by Tony Morgan, Founder of The UnStuck Group. I’ve observed something interesting in healthy, growing churches over the last several years. The ones experiencing the most healthy growth tend to approach discipleship as a path. The leaders spend time thinking on how to best help people […]

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Make Time for What Matters Most—Following Jesus

by Craig Etheredge: I saw an illustration that has stayed with me for years now because it showed so well our limitations of time. A woman took a large glass jar with various sizes of rocks, pebbles, and sand. She put all the rocks into the jar. As she struggled to […]

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Why Should I Want to Become a Level 5 Disciple Maker?

by Bobby Harrington and Greg Wiens: A disciple maker is a Christian who enters into relationships with people to help them trust and follow Jesus. The concept of disciple making seems to come into vogue every few decades or so. And then, unfortunately, the pendulum often swings between an intentional effort […]

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Bivocational Ministry as an Evangelism Opportunity

by Ed Stetzer: One of the most vital yet understudied streams of church ministers is the bivocational pastor. This is that pastor who, either out of necessity or intentionality, works as both the pastor of a local church and in the secular marketplace. Already, more than one-third of all American pastors […]