Month: March 2018

The Struggle to Believe for Disciple Making Movements

Do you ever struggle for faith that disciple making movements are possible? Or possible in your place? Or possible through you?  I certainly have.  I’m not proud of it, but it is true.

Sometimes in what Michael Hyatt calls the “messy middle” we stop believing.  The “messy middle” is a place between the vision’s beginning and it’s realization. It’s the place where we wonder if our dream is possible.

My Struggle For Faith

There was a long “messy middle” for me.  It was 20 years from when I heard about DMMs (back then we spoke of multiplying daughter and grand-daughter churches) and the time I first saw 4th generation groups.  On that journey, I often wanted to quit. I regularly doubted it could happen. read more

5 Steps for Moving from 1st Generation groups to 2nd, 3rd and Beyond

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How Do You Get Generational Growth In Disciple Making Movements?

They were a faithful and passionate team of local workers.  They shared the gospel often and led people to the Lord.  They worked hard.  They had started 10 1st generation groups of disciples.  Not too bad by most peoples’ standards. Generational growth in disciple making had not yet begun though.

They were stuck at 1st generation (1G) growth.  They only knew how to start groups themselves.  They didn’t know how to get the believers in those groups to start new groups.  Sound familiar? read more

Before Your First Discipleship Group – DMM Basics 101

“I love the idea of making disciples of new believers and seeing those discipleship groups multiply! I’m in!” you might be saying.  “But where do I start?  What do I need to do first to see a disciple making movement begin?”

There Are 3 “Basics” That Are Needed As Every DMM Gets Started.

  1. A Prayer Strategy
  2. Abundant Seed Sowing
  3. Finding the Person of Peace

I played basketball in college.  I wasn’t amazing, but I enjoyed it.  It was fun to be a part of a team.  I loved the games.  I hated the practices.  Our coach would push us hard on the court in the early morning practice.  We had to dribble, shoot lay-ups and free throws until we were sick of it.  We ran back and forth, up and down the court dribbling and passing the ball until we could do it in our sleep.  It was these basics that won the games. read more

Getting from a Disciple Making Dream to a DMM Reality

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Nine years ago, we had 100 teams and about 9000 believers in the churches those teams had started. We had many workers but were not seeing disciple making movements.

We had taught and prayed for years and years about multiplication, disciple making, and church planting movements.  We had never really experienced one.  Only a few teams had second generation growth and none of them had gone beyond the 3rd generation.

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Moving from a disciple making movement dream to a reality

Disciple Making Movement: Dream or Disappointment?

Believe me, when I say I’ve experienced deep disillusionment in this whole process of pursuing a rapidly growing disciple making movement among the unreached!  There were many times where I thought it was impossible and that DMMs were something others would see but not us. read more