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Category: Discipleship

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Making Disciples to the Third and Fourth Generations

by Dave Buehring: “You know, Dave, it really isn’t important how big the organizations are that you will lead or the size of the groups that you will teach. The way that God will measure the fruitfulness of your life is how you invested to the third and fourth generations.” Hearing these […]

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Missional Community

By Daniel Im:  What is missional community? In an individualistic culture, the term missional community is strange and out of the norm. To put others before yourself, to step outside of your comfort zone, to risk the possibility of being rejected for the gospel … it seems like an odd lifestyle. However, […]

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5 Essential Ingredients for Planting Purpose Driven Churches

by Brandon A. Cox: If the local church is the hope of the world… then we need more local churches. As I write this, I’m a couple of hours away from teaching a lab at Saddleback Church’s Hope Renewed conference on Planting Purpose Driven Churches. I’m a huge believer in the power […]

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Reaching the Unreached

By Daniel Im:  Professor or Adventurer: Recovering the Church’s Adventurous Spirit Harrison Ford is no stranger when it comes to starring in larger-than-life trilogies. The biggest trilogy, obviously, was Star Wars. The second, Indiana Jones. In the Indiana Jones’ trilogy—and the latest one that came out in 2008 (and another […]

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Personal Evangelism for the Church Planter and the Church Plant

by J. Mack Stiles: Most pastors I know start a church plant with a deep desire to do evangelism. In one sense, what else would you do? Hardly any new pastor sets out to start a church by “sheep stealing.” They want a vibrant, cross-focused, Jesus-centered church that hums with […]

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Reach the Lost

by Brandon Guindon:  This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, Stay the Course: Seven Essential Practices for Disciple Making Churches. Download this eBook here in your favorite format at no cost. My greatest fear growing up was getting lost. It terrified me so much at times that while […]

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Our Free Assessment and Victories in Disciple Making

by Bobby Harrington: I love sports. In high school I played on five different teams—football, hockey, wrestling, rugby, and badminton. Yes, badminton! (I grew up in Canada after all). And we did something at the start of every season, on every team. We had our level of skill assessed. It […]

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What is a Disciple Maker?

by Bobby Harrington:  Discipleship.org’s theme for the 2017 National Disciple Making Forum is Disciple Maker. So it is important to state a clear definition: A disciple maker is a Christian who enters into relationships with people to help them trust and follow Jesus. Our definition is based upon Jesus’ example of […]

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Ideas for Your Summer Reading List

By Warren Bird: What’s on your summer reading list? Here are my recommendations for church leaders: Bigger Faster Leadership by Samuel R. Chand   Renowned leadership consultant, Samuel R. Chand details the account of the construction of the Panama Canal, and draws parallels between it and successful leadership methodology. An […]

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Discipleship and the Gift of Desperation

by Nate Larkin: The Bible doesn’t tell us much about the original twelve disciples before Jesus called them. Their personal histories are vague, but there is one thing that we can say with confidence about all of the apostles: these men would not have made the radical decision to walk away […]