DiscipleMaker Stages – Resource Spotlight

I want to take today’s post to spotlight one of the resources from the toolkit that are available here on the website. The DiscipleMaker Stages app and now a website with an online assessment that we are adding to the toolkit.

These tools have been produced by our partners in Canada and I highly recommend them to you as a valuable resource for making disciples in your place of ministry. This week I got a chance to visit with several folks who are using this tool in ministry and making disciples and their stories were powerful and inspiring ones of God’s work in the lives of people amidst the messiness of life and discipleship. One of the big takeaways I got from our time this week is that if we are making disciples, we will have stories of how God is at work.

I want to encourage you to take a look at this resource and see if it fits within your strategy for making disciples. If you aren’t sure, or would like to talk more about how to develop your strategy, evaluate your strategy, or adapt this tool or one of our others to work within your context and strategy; contact me by phone or email and let’s get together to make a plan. Together we will see the story that unfolds in the lives of those we disciple.

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.