Missions

Women in Disciple Making Movements- Why Not Women?

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There is a simple way to almost immediately double or triple the number of people you are reaching with the gospel. Do you want to hear how? Most people would! Here it is. When you properly understand the key role of women in disciple making movements,  your disciple making efforts will take a leap forward.

The tremendous potential of mobilizing and releasing women is a blind spot for many people. There are various reasons for hesitation to release women in ministry.  This article will not address them all.  Instead, I hope to shine some light on this topic, share my story, and take a look at scripture. The goal is not to convince you of a particular position on this topic.  I hope, instead, to give you a key to growing your movement rapidly.  By considering changes in how you release women, many more lost people come into the Kingdom of God. read more

Want to start a DMM? Heal the Sick!

Healing the sick is an important part of a disciple maker’s life.

What?  Heal the sick?  How can I do that?  Only God can heal the sick! True.  Not true.  Wait! It can’t be both.  Or can it?

There are several foundational things needed in disciple making movements.  Obedience to God’s Word is one of them.  In DMM training, we often focus on obedience to Christ’s command to share the gospel or be baptized.  These are vitally important! If movements are built only on miracles, they tend to be shallow and often don’t see generational growth.  At the same time, Jesus gave us an important model. He healed the sick and trained His disciples to do the same. read more

What is Just In Time Training?

“Just in Time Training” was an unfamiliar concept for me. Why are they not applying what I taught them?  We taught how to create a set of stories for discipleship in the Orientation Program, but they are just preaching. They seem to have completely forgotten everything they learned in the training!  Argghh!!

Have you ever felt frustrated that you invest a lot in training people only to see little field application happen?

I sure was!  Then I put into practice what is called Just in Time TrainingJust in Time Training (sometimes called Micro-Learning) is when you give people only what they need to use immediately. You train in small learning segments. 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

Tracking Generational Growth in your Disciple Making Movement

“We never had any idea what was really happening until we started using generational growth charts in our training,” the church planting leader said with a broad smile.  “Now we can actually see our progress and where the problems are!”

It is not uncommon for Disciple Making Movement trainers to be in a similar position.  You keep training.  You keep mentoring.  Testimonies are heard.  It seems like things are going well, but you really don’t know how well.  You feel somewhat confused and can’t visualize progress. read more

Tracking and Reporting in DMMs

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Many people struggle with the idea of reporting progress on church or ministry growth. Reporting in disciple making movements can be controversial.

Recently, I had a meeting with some people to bring a better understanding of this issue.  There was a lot of confusion related to this topic. Emotions ran high.

Why report and track? There are lots of reasons people choose not to report.

For some, it can feel controlling.  Others think it isn’t loving.  Some feel it isn’t necessary.  It can feel too business like and not very spiritual.  Some think we are obsessed with results and don’t care about people. read more

Why Disciple Making Movements?

What is all the “fuss” about?  Why do people get so passionate about Disciple Making Movements or Church Planting Movements?  Is it just another missions “fad”?

Reading this and you’ve been pursuing starting a DMM (Disciple Making Movement) for some time? Read on.  Be encouraged and inspired once again.  I’d love to hear in the comments why you got “on board” with the vision for DMMs.  Tell us your story!

The God-sized dream of seeing movements of disciples started among the last, least and lost began for me more than 20 years ago.  It’s morphed and changed through the years.  I’ve had highs and lows.  It still burns inside of me.  It still gets me out of bed in the morning.  Why? read more

What NOT to Depend on in Disciple Making

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Discipleship, especially when you are wanting to make true disciple makers, is a process that can seem long and difficult.  We often look for shortcuts.

Have you ever found yourself trying to go somewhere fast and then decided to take a shortcut? You see this little lane and you are pretty sure it will cut through to the main road? “I’ll go for it,” you think.  It seems like a good idea that will save you time and get you there faster.

As you are driving along on your motorbike or in your car, suddenly, the road narrows and there is a huge truck parked in the road. You can’t get by because the road is too narrow.  That has happened to me more than once. Another time, I came up the road and suddenly found a big pile of rocks dumped in the road for the construction of a nearby building. Then there were the times I took a shorter road but hit an avalanche. When this happens, you back up, turn around, and by the time you get back to where you started from, you are frustrated, annoyed and it is 15 minutes later but you are still at the same place. read more

Key #3 DMM Breakthrough Growth: Train Don’t Teach

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Do you long to see more multiplication through your discipleship training?  Are you tired of only seeing a few new disciples each year?

The last two blogs talked about Keys for seeing DMMs released. The first keys were  Key #1: Praying With Faith and Key #2: Perseverance.

There is another crucial key to releasing a movement. If you want to multiply disciples, an important change needs to happen in how you do discipleship training. You need to shift from being a Teacher to becoming a Trainer.

What is the difference between the two? read more

Key #2 DMM Breakthrough Growth: Perseverance

Last week’s blog was about Praying with Faith. That is the first key to seeing breakthroughs in disciple making movements. The second key for breakthrough and growth is perseverance.

Perseverance – Lessons from Snoozy

When I was a kid we had a dog named Snoozy.  She loved to play.  We would take an old sock, tie a knot in it, and let her grab hold of the end.  A game of “tug of war” then started.  As soon as we got the sock away, (and it was hard work to finally do that) Snoozy would lunge after it again.  The game could go on for hours! read more