KEYS TO A DISCIPLESHIP MAKING MOVEMENT

 

 
  • Know, Live and Share the Vision.  Always! Keep it clear, central, consistent and pure.
  • Be absolutely certain that the strategies employed to reach the vision do not limit the size and scope of the vision.  Our actions must reinforce and be in sync with the overall vision.
  • Do not complicate the simple.  Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to make what is working better which adds another layer and complicates what is happening.  If God is using something, just do it.  Resist the urge to tinker with it.  If it stops being effective, make the necessary changes then.  Don’t create your own problems and roadblocks.
  • Do not value/love the process more than the product.  The goal is simple, make disciples who make disciples.  If that includes preaching, choirs, buildings, youth programs, men's programs, women's programs, fine.  But if any of these activities are not producing disciples who make disciples, we must let it go to focus on what does produce reproducing disciples. 
  • Resist the temptation to become the master fixer; a guru that everyone comes running to for help with any problem or task. Do not create dependency upon yourself. If you do and something happens to you, the work is toast. Teach the people how to think for themselves, find workable solutions to problems and know that God can work through them without you.
  • Avoid today's solution (fix) for an immediate problem that I think must be solved that becomes tomorrow's gigantic problem that wrecks the vision and work. We must ask and answer this question before we act, “Does this solution help us down the road in achieving our vision or does it place roadblocks in our path two or three years from now as the vision becomes reality?”
  • Do not do what the people cannot do. You have skills, knowledge and resources that enable you to do things mere mortals cannot.  I get it.  But, if you act this way, everybody becomes dependent on you.  You must limit yourself to doing the things that are possible for others to do.  Things must be duplicatable by the people you are working with through their means, education, skills and resources or the vision and work stalls with you. 
  • The task is making disciples not sustaining disciples. Make disciples that disciple, this is the task the Lord left for me. We must not get sidetracked worrying about sustaining disciples. Making disciples is my job. Sustaining disciples is the Lord's job. If He cannot sustain them, then I know that I cannot.
  • In picking leaders, passion trumps talent, gifts or education. I can train people how to do the work and teach them what they need to know to do the work, but I cannot put the passion in their hearts to do the work. The motivation must come from within. 
  • Communication is what they hear me say not what I say. I must communicate, meaning I must know the people and the culture so I can explain things in a way that they understand in their world what I am actually saying.
  • Show up. Love the people. Trust God.
  • Embody the message. Infiltrate communities and people groups and establish work on the inside. Don't rely on broadcast methods and people.