Discipleship: Passing it on

Discipleship: Passing it on

The goal in a church is not simply to make disciples. It’s to make disciples who go on to make other disciples. Passing it on is the difference between one generation and multiple generations. So whatever type of system or method or approach you take to making...
Too many new Christians

Too many new Christians

When I was first planting a church, we had an enviable problem: too many new Christians. We began seeing numerous people come to faith and were trying to keep up with discipling them and helping them grow. At the time I was using a simple follow-up tool—something with...

Some models for discipleship

  A good model for discipleship needs to be a simple, reproducible method that helps guide a person toward becoming an obedient follower and disciplemaker. Whatever model you use, you must build in reproducibility. A few good models are outlined below: just...

The tyranny of the model

One of my mentors is Carl George. He was strategically involved when I was a church planter and throughout my ministry– sometimes as a consultant and sometimes in more of a mentoring role. One of the things he cautioned me about was what he called “the tyranny...

Geese or golden eggs?

I was on an international flight flipping through business magazine when I saw an ad that caught my attention. It was a plain white page with a golden egg at the bottom and a single caption that read, “What you really need is the goose.”  It was a great ad. In...

The secret sauce

When you’re field testing something new, and it seems to be working effectively, the next thing you need to do is hand it over to someone else to let them do it without your involvement and see if it still works. I’ve done this on a number of occasions only to find...

The big five

If you’re putting together a training system, a coaching structure, a discipleship approach, a leadership development plan—almost anything—there are five core elements you’ll need to put into place to make a truly great system: Keep it focused. Have a clear...