by Jim Putman: A good disciple maker or leader does not allow his lesson or training to be limited to a once a week study or a classroom. He does not need to attempt to execute the perfect lesson plan by trying to control every possible distraction. Jesus was flexible – Jesus met people where they were, on their level, without sacrificing His intention to make disciples.
People grow at different rates. An effective disciple maker will adjust his approach according to the growth stage of the person they are discipling. This is one of the reasons it is ineffective to try and make disciples of a large group of people with a lecture style format. You need to be in the life of your disciple, walking side by side through different circumstances and events together in order to get a complete picture of where they are spiritually.
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An effective disciple maker knows how to take discipleship from theory and put it into practice with someone. To go from the classroom to the living room. When disciple making is reduced to a program, people often fail to connect it to a lifestyle.
Written by Jim Putman
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