More and Better Disciples

In a very simple sense – the Church brings God glory by engaging in the mission on which Jesus sent His disciples – to go and make disciples!

Go make MORE disciples.

Go make BETTER disciples. I think it’s a both/and proposition.

In Six-Word Lessons to Discover Missional Living, I wrote, When Jesus said, “Go and make disciples,” He didn’t mean to find those who are already followers and help them follow better. He sends us out to make disciples of non-disciples. (Lesson #5)

We cannot just focus on making better disciples without making more disciples.

We cannot just focus on making more disciples without making better disciples. There is a problem when a church or group of disciples focuses on one without the other.

Quantity Problem – being focussed only on making more disciples.

Quality Problem – being focussed only on making better disciples.

I’ve known churches that are focused on depth. They even boast that they are focused on depth and God will take care of the breadth. However, in many of these churches that focus on depth, they are not engaged in making more disciples at all. In fact, baptisms rarely happen at all. And the reality is that most members don’t have a clue how to make a disciple.

I’ve known churches that are focused on breadth. They are highly evangelistic and are regularly baptizing new followers of Jesus. However, in many of these churches that focus on breadth, they are not actually teaching people to obey Jesus. In fact, teaching obedience rarely happens at all. And the reality is that most members don’t have a clue how to make a disciple.

Those who are following Jesus will be about making new disciples, not just helping those who are already following Jesus to follow Him better. As they make new disciples, they will teach them to obey all that Jesus commanded – which includes making more and better disciples.

Many churches lean one direction or the other. Focused on breadth or focused on depth. What we need is both. I see quantity and quality in the Great Commission. Don’t you?

Go + Make Disciples + Baptize + Teach to Obey.

Today’s Missional Challenge

Don’t just focus on making better disciples or making more disciples – focus on making more and better disciples. TWEET THIS

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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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