Week 2: Learn the difference between Disciple Making and Discipleship

Week 2: Learn the difference between Disciple Making and Discipleship

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The word discipleship is not in the Bible, but making disciples is from the great commission.  Once we define making disciples as doing what Jesus did everything becomes much clearer.

Join Bobby Harrington, David Young, Michelle Eagle, and Steve Gladden on Thursday, October 8th at 10am (CDT) for a lively discussion on the difference between disciple making and discipleship.

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We believe definitions are vitally important. Our definitions are in agreement with the following and where possible, we will use these definitions.

  • Discipleship – is simply the state of being a disciple. This word (like the word evangelism) is not in the Bible. Unfortunately, in the North American church, discipleship is typically seen as an educational process designed to orient new believers to the biblical and everyday practices of our churches – and so we often prefer disciple making.
  • Disciple – someone who is following Jesus, being changed by Jesus, and is committed to the mission of Jesus (Matt. 4:19).
    Disciple making – is entering into relationships to intentionally help people follow Jesus, be changed by Jesus, and join the mission of Jesus (Matt. 28:18-20).
  • Disciple maker – a disciple of Jesus who enters into relationships with people to intentionally help them follow Jesus, be changed by Jesus and join the mission of Jesus.
  • A Church – A spiritual family growing in surrendered obedience to all the teachings of Jesus Christ who gather together regularly under Biblically recognized leadership for the purpose of fulfilling the great commission (making disciples) with a Great Commandment heart (loving God, loving people).
  • A Disciple Making Culture – The beliefs, habits, and narrative of a church constantly repeated with congruence and intentionality, that make it clear to almost everyone, all the time, including newcomers, that disciple making is what everyone does in this church.
  • A Disciple Making Church (Level 5) – is a church where disciple making is the core DNA and culture of the church, where the average church member makes disciples to the fourth generation and this disciple making activity is regularly produced in significant and diverse streams within the church and these streams multiply consistently into new churches.
  • Disciple Making Movement (DMM) – A disciple making movement exists when churches plant multiple churches (within a few short years), through gospel activity, that has abundant fruit among the lost, that multiplies these disciples (people growing in obedience to all of Jesus’ commands), who in turn replicate themselves in others so that we can see at least four generations regularly produced in multiple streams of disciple making activity and these streams multiply consistently into churches.

Join Bobby Harrington, David Young, Michelle Eagle and Steve Gladen on Thursday, October 8th @ 10am (CDT) for a lively discussion on the difference between disciple making and discipleship.

David Young
David YoungRenew.org
Michelle Eagle
Michelle EagleRenew.org
Steve Gladden
Steve GladdenSaddleback Church & The Small Group Network