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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

Key #1 DMM Breakthrough Growth: Praying With Faith

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In the next few blogs I want to share some keys to seeing breakthroughs that lead to a Disciple Making Movement.  The first one is praying with faith.

Let’s start with a funny story to illustrate.

A journalist was assigned to the Jerusalem bureau of his newspaper. He gets an apartment overlooking the Wailing Wall. After several weeks he realizes that whenever he looks at the wall he sees an old Jewish man praying vigorously. The journalist wondered whether there was a publishable story here. He goes down to the wall, introduces himself and says: “You come every day to the wall. What are you praying for?”

The old man replies: “What am I praying for? In the morning I pray for world peace, then I pray for the brotherhood of man. I go home, have a glass of tea, and I come back to the wall to pray for the eradication of illness and disease from the earth.”
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Are Your Goals Too Small? Lessons from a Nepalese Farmer

On New Year’s Eve, I wrote a post called “3 Important Things to Do as You Start the New Year.”  I hope you took the time to think about the questions I listed there. Have you started thinking about your goals for the coming year? As you are goal setting for disciple making movements, I hope you will set God-sized goals.

It is sometimes hard to know how ambitious to be in goal setting.  Some of us struggle with risk aversion.  We want to set nice safe discipleship goals we can achieve. read more

3 Important Things to Do as You Start the New Year

The New Year approaches! One of my favorite moments this Christmas came the day after.  I sat for a few hours beside our Christmas tree. It was early morning.  I found myself reflecting on the goodness of God in my life over this past year.  I allowed those moments to surface in my memory- the times when He had protected me, given guidance to me, surprised me with His kindness or favor.  How very, very good He has been!

New Year

Remembering His goodness in the past year

  1. REFLECT.

-How has God shown you His goodness this past year? read more