Become a Level 5 Disciple Maker

Discipleship.org and Exponential pulled together top national disciple making leaders to map out 5 levels of disciple making. Our model shows people moving from conversion where a person starts as a spiritual infant (level 1) on up through levels 2 and 3 to reach level 4, a personal disciple maker. And then, at level 5, a leader who makes disciple makers. The following diagram illustrates the process.

The effective utilization of this process is the key to a disciple making strategy. And a disciple making strategy is the key to becoming a disciple making and multiplying church. It drives mission, service, and sanctification. It is hard to overstate the importance of disciple making. That is why we are creating tools to help you as a disciple maker.

Discipleship.org and Exponential have collaborated to produce an online assessment for individuals to use so they can determine their objective level (1 through 5) as a personal disciple maker (click here to take the FREE assessment). And I collaborated with Greg Wiens to produce a free eBook on the process (Bobby Harrington and Greg Wiens, Becoming a Disciple Maker: The Pursuit of Level 5 Disciple Making (click here to download the book for FREE). These two tools are very important for your development, but so is personal training.

There will be two personal training opportunities this year. At the end of February, those attending the Exponential East conference in Orlando can join national disciple making leaders like Jim Putman, Bill Hull, David Clayton and others in a teaching/workshop on the five levels (click here). And October 25-26th, those attending the National Disciple Making Forum in Nashville can join an even larger array of national disciple making leaders from training resources (click here). We also hope to release digital training material on becoming a level 5 disciple maker, so keep an eye on Discipleship.org for information on the release of this material by the summer.

For more information, contact [email protected].

Written by Bobby Harrington


Bobby Harrington is the Executive Director of Discipleship.org, a national platform, conference, and ministry that advocates for Jesus’ style of disciple making. He is the founding and lead pastor of Harpeth Christian Church (by the Harpeth River, just outside of Nashville, TN). He has a Doctor of Ministry degree in consulting and has spent years as a coach to church planters and senior pastors. He is the author of several books on discipleship, including DiscipleShift (with Jim Putman and Robert Coleman) and The Disciple Maker’s Handbook (with Josh Patrick).

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