Want Healthy Discipleship? Check Your Pulse

I was introduced to a pastor of another church here in town a couple of weeks ago and the conversation turned to what do I do. I said I am serving in the areas of church health and leadership development and he asked, “what makes a church healthy?”

It’s a great question and in a moment of inspiration I said, “making disciples.”

Sometimes it may seem as though this is said over and over again, but given the power of repetition,this can never be said too often. The mission of the church is to make disciples. Period! Discipleship is the core, the engine, the purpose, the point of it all. Go and make disciples! Everything else in the life of the body is wrapped up in the mission of doing this well.

The next great question will serve as a bit of a health check up, “Is our church making disciples?” When you go to see the doctor, they check your vitals. They know the expected benchmark measurements to determine if your body temp, or blood pressure, or other vital signs are in the proper range. As a church body, we need to recognize our vital signs as well.

Lifeway research came up with 8 signposts or indicators for growing disciples. These are incorporated into the Disciples Path study series (which we included a sample of in the toolkit). You can use these vital signs or make your own version for your church, but I do want to encourage one in particular.

Regular Bible reading!

Think of it like your discipleship pulse. Research showed that those who regularly engaged in Bible study also grew in all the other vitals as well. This the key to being a growing disciple and making growing disciples. So, check your pulse and the pulse of those you are discipling.

Dakota Discipleship Podcast Episode 8 – Interview with Jeffrey Mueller Part 2

This is part 2 of a conversation with Jeffrey Mueller from Restore Church in Yankton, SD. We talk about some stories of discipleship in their church and community and also about the importance of raising up leaders in our churches. Tune in for the next 16 minutes or so and interact with the content by leaving a comment or emailing us. We are looking to further the conversation about making disciples in the Dakotas and beyond. Be blessed and have a great day.

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3 Commitments to Making Disciples

Commit to your plan! We have talked about the need for a discipleship plan. We have resources available for helping to make a plan of your own which is biblical and intentional. Your discipleship plan doesn’t need to look exactly like mine does. It needs to fit in your church and community and context, and it should be solidly biblical and focused on making disciples who look, live, and love like Jesus.

Commit it to your schedule! Set a time for your discipleship group to meet on a regular basis and stick to it. Life will happen and things will not always work according to plan, but make sure you stay the course of meeting regularly together as a small group.

Commit to a time frame! Part of your plan should be the next phase, when the ones you are discipling today, become the ones making more disciples tomorrow. Have an idea of when that tomorrow is and aim for it. You may need to make adjustments of course and some may be ready sooner and some later. Having a time frame in mind helps keep the process on track. Jesus certainly knew he had a limited amount of time to work with the disciples He had chosen. We do as well.

This is the heart of our commission and this is the basis of our commitment. Go and make disciples!

Dakota Discipleship Podcast Episode 7 – Interview with Jeffrey Mueller Part 1

Had a great conversation with Jeffrey Mueller from Restore Church in Yankton, SD about discipleship and intentionality. They have created a template for discipleship in part using the Discipleship toolkit from the DBC and have over 50% of their church participating in a discipleship group. This is part one of our conversation about the 4 Cs model they have developed and about making disciples like Jesus did. Tune in for the next 17 minutes or download the episode and take it with you to listen later. Be blessed and have a great day.

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Some News at Dakota Disciple

Most of you who read here are aware of the Discipleship Toolkit produced by the Dakota Baptist Convention. We have distributed most of these to our churches already. If you are a Dakota Baptist church and haven’t received yours already, please contact me to get one.

I also wanted to update everyone one when to expect posts here at the site. During our spring training times, through mid May, I will be doing a blog post and a podcast on alternating Fridays. This Friday will be a podcast featuring part one of an interview with Jeffrey Mueller of Restore Church in Yankton, SD. We talk about the plan they have developed using 4 Cs to create intentional discipleship in small groups (Connect, Coach, Care and Celebrate). We talk about being intentional and passing on discipleship to others.

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