Month: May 2020

Converts or Disciples? Why Leading Someone To Christ Isn’t Enough

converts or disciples

People are opening up like never before…” he said. My friend works in a restricted access nation. He described an unusual openness in his country. “Persecution has reduced by many, many times. There is almost none right now,” he told me. We continue to talk. Those he trains are leading people to Christ on the phone every single day. While excited about this, a question arose in my mind. Are they making converts or disciples?

Are these what we might call rice Christians?

I wonder if a new term will surface. Will we call them COVID Christians? Those who in a time of global crisis prayed a sinner’s prayer but were never disciples? When the crisis is over, will they return to their former lifestyle and ways? read more

Do I Think About Reproducibility at Every Level?

reproducibility

There is a big difference between the way rabbits and elephants reproduce! We know this. It is often referred to when explaining what a Disciple Making Movement is. Movements multiply rapidly. They grow and reproduce organically. Getting your disciples to take off and multiply like rabbits can be easier said than done.

To see rapid, rabbit-style reproduction of disciple makers, you must depend heavily on the Holy Spirit. Many of us lean too much on our own skills and experience as we train disciples. The Holy Spirit lives within even the newest of believers. read more

7 Principles for Leadership Development in Disciple Making Movements

leadership development

The movement is beginning to multiply. You have second and third-generation groups beginning. You sense that the leaders of the groups need more input. What is the best way to train leaders in a movement?

As we look at this issue we first look to Jesus. How did He train leaders for His movement? We can also draw best practices from growing movements happening today.

Birthing a Movement

When I first began to learn about church multiplication, I attended a two-day seminar with George Patterson. George was one of the “fathers” of movement thinking. I learned so much from him in those two short days! read more

Why You Can’t Make Disciples In a Meeting

Meetings don’t make disciples, people do. Disciple making happens life on life.

We have a tendency to revert to old ways of thinking, even as we pursue a Disciple Making Movement. Christianity has become very meeting and event-oriented.

Discipleship is so much more than a weekly meeting! To make disciples who will make disciples, you must be willing to invest in deep relationships with those you train. You will need to practice life on life discipleship.

Jesus Invested Well

Jesus didn’t train disciples in a weekly meeting. He lived His life in close daily relationships with a group of twelve. He trained and invested in them. If we want to see movements, we must shift our understanding of discipleship away from meetings and toward relationships. read more

How Did the Apostles Turn the World Upside Down?

New Testament Movements

A few months ago, we looked at the characteristics of Jesus’ Movement. The most important foundation of all we do in DMMs should be what Jesus taught and did, not Peter or Paul. After reflecting on Jesus’ ways of working, we can learn much from His disciples as well,

Let’s discover some basic characteristics of the Jerusalem movement, led by Peter and the earliest apostles. This movement began after Jesus rose again.

What did the Jerusalem Movement look like?

We’ll look at seven characteristics that affected the apostle’s fruitfulness.These reflect the idea that Peter and the apostles were disciples of Jesus, and followed what He taught and did. We should remember that teaching and practice were integrated. They should not be separated. read more

Outros Elementos Importantes de Uma Igreja

Antes de continuarmos sobre as próximas cinco características da igreja primitiva, faça uma pausa por um momento. Quais das cinco primeiras funções acima estão funcionando bem em sua própria  comunhão? Quais estão faltando, ou não é muito comum? Isso não é para criticar nossas próprias igrejas, mas ao considerarmos multiplicar os tipos de igrejas que crescerão rapidamente, precisamos parar e considerar quais mudanças podem e precisa ser feito. Você tem algumas coisas em mente? Ótimo! Então vamos olhar para os próximos cinco elementos da vida da igreja primitiva em Atos. read more

5 Características de Uma Igreja

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Definições da Igreja

As definições da igreja podem ser confusas. É por isso que a pergunta “O que torna uma igreja uma igreja?” é uma pergunta importante a fazer! Na seção anterior, examinamos as duas principais metáforas no Novo Testamento usado para descrever a igreja; o Corpo de Cristo e a Família de Deus. Agora nós queremos considerar a função da igreja. Isso nos ajudará a entender melhor qual é a ideia de Deus do que é a igreja.

Igreja Nas Casa ou Ponto de Pregação? read more

Corpo e Família – Metáforas da Igreja

No Novo Testamento, a palavra original grega para igreja é ekklésia. Esta palavra significa aqueles que são “Chamados do mundo para Deus”. Para entender isso melhor, é importante pensar nas idéias usadas na Bíblia para explicar o que a igreja deve ser.

Havia duas metáforas principais usadas no Novo Testamento para descrever a igreja.

São elas: 1) o Corpo de Cristo e 2) a Família de Deus. Quando a igreja funciona como um corpo e um família, começa a parecer exatamente com o que a Bíblia descreve como uma igreja. read more