I Don’t Know How to Make Disciples.

There’s something wrong in our churches today with our commitment to discipleship.

Churches are too focused on helping people to live the “Christian life” as if all Jesus expects of His followers is to be good Christians. There is a desperate need in our churches to raise up disciplemakers — to actually train every believer how to make a disciple. In a recent conversation with a local church leader, he shared with me his greatest joy in ministry and also his greatest frustration. They were interrelated. His joy was related to the impact that he was having in the lives of high school students. And yet he confessed to me, “I don’t know how to make disciples.”
Read those words again: “I don’t know how to make disciples.”
This is the main thing that Jesus focused on before heading to the cross as the payment for sin. He focused on making disciples. And not only that, He sent His disciples to go make disciples.

Something is wrong in our churches when leaders are faced with this reality – “I don’t know how to make disciples.”
And believe me, this friend of mine is not the only leader facing this challenge. There are many pastors and elders who have never made a disciple, never trained anyone to make a disciple, and wouldn’t know where to start if they had to make one. How did the church get to this place? We have few disciplemakers leading our churches. They look like good Christians, they just aren’t doing what Jesus said to do: “Go therefore and make disciples.”

Today’s Missional Challenge

If you are a leader, elder or pastor in a local church and you would say, “I don’t know how to make disciples,” go learn how! Make it a priority to obey what Jesus said and learn how to make disciples…who make disciples who make disciples!

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Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer and strategist – and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. His training skills have been used to mobilize church planters, pastors and ministry leaders across the country and around the world. Missional Challenge partners together with churches, networks and denominations to advance disciplemaking movements globally.With 25+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches. He created The Multiplication Cycle™ to assist church planters to start churches by making disciples. He has trained and coached hundreds of coaches and church planters across the United States and internationally.Dave has been coaching pastors and church planters for more than ten years. His experience in church multiplication led to his doctorate in transformational leadership at Bakke Graduate University. He also received a Master of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary and graduated from Biola University with a B.S. in Business Administration.
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