Episode 62: Multiplying Jesus Disciples in Your Local Church & Beyond – Interview with Jerry Dirmann



How do you motivate church members to make disciples among the lost? Disciple multiplication sounds great, but how do I make a transition from a church growth model to a multiplication model? Today we have on the podcast, Jerry Dirmann, a pastor and leader of a network of churches. A few years ago, he began this transition and has seen incredible fruit as ordinary church members are becoming disciple-makers, starting groups of new disciples and leading many into a relationship with Jesus.

For more information about the resources Jerry has developed go to www.jesusdisciple.com.

Key Points from this episode:

  • The promises of God are not just divine options, they are promises God intends to fulfill.
  • Saturation in God’s Word, soaking in it, brought freedom and deliverance from bondage.
  • Starting new church campuses is expensive and limited.  There is a lot of heavy lifting involved. 
  • God speaks to us from His Word.  He also speaks to us by His Spirit.  When He does, we must obey.
  • Pastors struggled with multiplying campuses because of the cost involved, but most felt they could start a few new house churches.  
  • Jerry says, “I’m convinced that multiplication is more important then church growth.”
  • I had to repent of ignoring Jesus’ own model and how He multiplied disciples!
  • You don’t need to be a big apple tree to multiply.(You don’t need to be a big church to multiply)
  • We are making a seedless variety of disciples because we don’t pollenate them with the Great Commission. 
  • Don’t be afraid or concerned.  As you obey God, He will provide. 
  • Discipleship starts before people become believers.  Discipling them into faith.
  • Get people you are discipling into the Word of God daily and into prayer.  A weekly DBS is a beginning but it’s often not enough.  


Links Mentioned in This Episode:

Jerry’s Resources

Order The Multiplier’s Mindset Book

Getting Started in Disciple Making Movements Course

Pursuing Disciple Making Movements in the Frontiers Blog

Cynthia Anderson on Twitter

Cynthia Anderson on Instagram

DMMs Frontier Missions Facebook

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