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Colossians 1:28  (Christ) ... "whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:"

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Profile of a Disciple-maker

     

Since disciples are the main results expected from the Great Commission, we inherently have disciple-makers.  Disciple-makers have what we call "vision".  Their efforts have purpose and direction with a result in mind.  That result is the multiplication of disciples in their sphere of influence.  Their method is producing discipling laborers for the work of the ministry. 

Disciple-makers are a workforce to make it all happen.  They are the sub contractors, hands-on workers, lay people who have a focus.  If you have  ever met one, a disciple-maker, you have been impressed with his/her quality of life and clear direction and meaningful discussion.  He/she isn't perfect, but he/she is real, sincere and in touch with Spiritual wisdom.

This step may be a big one for some who are reading this article.  This step is the crux of multiplication.  Without this step we would only progress to a point of addition.  Paul was a disciple-maker.  See the principles below.  Try reaching the world with addition.  If we could reach 10,000 persons a day, it would take 600,000 days to reach the present population of the world.  Impossible!!  Say we reach one person a year and teach everyone we reach to reach one every year, how long would it take?... 34 years. 

I must say that, thankfully, we are not alone in this ministry.  God does way beyond what we can accomplish.  Thank you for addition and thank you God for the moving of the Holy Spirit that works way beyond the scope of our imagination.  He has a master plan and we are only a part of it.  But we are a part of it.  Jesus multiplied his ministry and taught his disciples to do it; Paul did it and we should do it.

We can't forget that the Holy Spirit gave the church (the body of Christ) the job of overseeing ourselves and our flock. 

Acts 20:28 "Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood."


The following proposal is an attempt to describe a
disciple-making ministry model.

Results Expected     Resources     Concept     Chart     Leadership

Disciple-making Ministry Concept
by Al Moir


The Scriptures give us specific principles for ministry. However, the opportunities to minister in our community are uniquely different. The following paper outlines the direction of ministry we intend to take.


AIM

We aim to honor God by being involved in Christ’s Great Commission by carrying out the "basic ministry" of evangelizing, establishing and equipping people for the work of the ministry. Our focus therefore will be directed toward God, His Word and people, under Christ’s guidance.

Matthew 28:19-20  18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations (make disciples in most translations), baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

RESULTS EXPECTED

The basic result expected in our ministry is "disciples". Though all believers are disciples (or followers) of Jesus Christ, some have become as John explained, "disciples indeed."

John 8:31 31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

John 13:34-35 34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

John 15:7-8 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV) says, "Go make disciples of all nations…." The command is unmistakable, "disciple-makers" are the ones who are accomplishing this great goal of "making disciples".  Whatever else we produce, "disciples" should be the result. It takes a disciple to know one and to produce one.

"Converts" will be the natural result of raising up disciples. Disciples will be taught how to witness to and disciple others in their sphere of influence.

Matthew 4:19 19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

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      RESOURCES

Prayer is a primary resource for our ministry. A continual emphasis of prayer sets up circumstances and causes unusual, impossible things to happen in our ministries. God is pleased to show himself at work in our ministry by interrupting our normal patterns and causes us to trust Him and grow in our relationship with Him..

The primary tangible resource is the Word of God.  No other authority, other than God Himself, takes precedence over its intrinsic truth. It stands alone and speaks for itself on all matters of teaching, judgment and settlement of disputes. We are all subject to its truth and have no right to interpret it for our own benefit.

II Peter 1:20-21 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

II Timothy 3:16 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Therefore, it is important for us to know what the Bible says and what it does not say, to obtain accurate perceptions of God’s purpose for us.  We are all, therefore, under compulsion to grow in the knowledge of God’s Word, to experience His goodness through it, delight in it as we hear it, read it, study it, memorize it and meditate on it.

I Peter 1:23 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Psalm 1:2 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the basic "people resources" of this ministry are the "equippers" and "laborers." They focus their efforts and gifts to accomplish our ministry "aim". The "equippers" are responsible for the development of these "laborers", and together, they are responsible for "disciples". Then each person, within the aim functions effectively with his/her providentially assigned gifts.

Ephesians 4:11-12 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Romans 12:3-8 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.  4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;  8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

I Corinthians 12:4-11 4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9  To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10  To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

See attachment I, II, III and IV for definitions of Convert, Disciple, Disciple-maker and Equipper.  (To be written)

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     CONCEPT

It should be our conviction that the ministry of the body of Christ should focus its efforts in ministry on eternal things, i.e. God himself, God’s Word and people. We will endeavor to build people up under Christ’s headship with God’s Word, prayer, through God’s power for His Glory. Person to person.

The main distinctive is to focus our ministry efforts according to Ephesians 4:11-16 above. The leadership will endeavor to equip the people to make or to contribute to the making of disciples, who will in turn labor in evangelism, disciple-making and other related ministries.

Each person, as he/she is willing, should progress from one stage of growth to another through three or four phases, (i.e. convert, disciple, laborer/disciple-maker and Equipper) until the person(s) finds his/her particular niche in the body and to function in the "work of the ministry."

   

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Each stage has a benchmark whereby we can evaluate the progress of each person in training. The circled titles describe the benchmark as a profile and the titles below the steps describe a phase/activities to accomplish the goals. The first phase, "evangelism" produces converts, the second phase of "establishing" produces disciples, the third phase of "equipping" produces Laborers and the fourth phase of "exporting" produces equippers who can reproduce the ministry somewhere else or with new people.

Phase 1        Phase 2        Phase 3        Phase 4

This process cannot be forced, but must be carried out in love and patience. It is understood that trainees have the prerogative/option to continue or opt out of the training as is necessary. At all costs unity and the very best for every person will be the guiding factors.

       PHASE 1 - EVANGELISM

Objective: Gathering a pool of manpower for Discipling.
Baseline: Convert
Activities: Evangelism resulting in converts.

The evaluation of this phase is based on the profile of a "Convert."

       PHASE 2 - CONSOLIDATION

Objective: Consolidate the pool of manpower.
Baseline: Disciples
Activities: Heavy followup, light evangelism.

Bible Studies/Scripture Memory
Prayer/Quiet Time
Fellowship
Retreats
Seminars
Team Training

The evaluation of this phase is based on the profile of a "Disciple."

        PHASE 3 – MULTIPLICATION – 4 Deep

Objective: Increase significantly the number and quality of disciple-making laborers through multiplication.
Baseline: Laborers/Disciple-makers
Activities: Heavy evangelism for the neophyte and heavy man to man.

Bible study and the basics
Planning sessions together
Ministry accountability
"How to" sessions
Fellowship
Ministry together

This is by far the most comprehensive phase, incorporating all the previous phases simultaneously. This phase is the most critical for the equippers successful multiplication of his ministry but also it is the time of proving for new laborers. This is the II Timothy 2:2 phase when Paul exhorted Timothy to entrust to faithful men the things he had learned from Paul.

  • Jesus ministered four deep, Matthew 28:19-20, (a II Timothy 2:2 example)

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.

1. Jesus speaking, 2. to the 12 disciples 3. to Teach all nations,
4.
& Teach them to go. . . (that is, "as you go, make disciples")

  • Paul ministered four deep, (II Timothy 2:2)

II Timothy 2:2 2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

           1. Paul,  2. Timothy,  3. Faithful men,  4. Others also


    * Paul again four deep, (a II Timothy 2:2 example)

Acts18:24-26 26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. 27 And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: 28 For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.

             1.  Paul, 2.  Aquila and Priscilla, 3.  Apollos, 4.  Jews

    * Paul again four deep, (a II Timothy 2:2 example)

I Thessalonians 1:6-8 6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: 7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing..

1.  Paul 2.  Thessalonians 3.  Macedonians & Achaians 4.  Went Everywhere

Multiplication is a method whereby enormous results can be accomplished in a short period of time with reasonable effort. It is the straight line that connects where we are to where we want to go. (If each of us could multiply 33 times we would reach the world.)

The evaluation of this phase is based on the profile of a "Laborer/disciple-maker."

        PHASE 4 - LEADERSHIP

Objective: Start new ministries
Profile: Equippers/Leaders of Disciple-makers
Activities: Planning/Team
Communication/Training
The Use of the 4 phases
Encourage and exhort
The evaluation of this phase is based on the profile of an "equipper/Maker of Disciple-maker."
At this point new ministry opportunities may be targeted because we have the resources to lead them. Supervisory care is still needed for accountability and direction.


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LEADERSHIP

A person’s function in the ministry will correspond to his or her growth in maturity as a Christian. Careful selection of leadership for the ministry is significantly important. The stages recognized are as follows:

Convert (No spiritual leadership involvement)
+ New believers _______________Initial followup.
+ Growing Christian ____________ Intensive Training

Disciple (limited leadership involvement)
+ Disciple Trainee ______________Intensive Training – Evangelism
+ Ministering Disciple ___________Intensive Disciple - Discipling

Disciple-makers (Resource for Leadership)
+ Evangelizes/disciples __________Ministry Leader
+ Specifically Gifted ____________ Specialized Ministry Leaders
+ Experienced Elders ___________ Leader of Ministries

Builder of Disciple-makers (Has responsibilities for Ministry Direction)


We need everyone to build this spiritual house that God has purposed for us. Our challenge is to keep our objectives clear and our efforts on target under His direction

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MORATE

M inistry Objective - What do we want to accomplish?

O pportunity - What or who is the target?

R esources - What or who are those who can accomplish this?

A ctivities - What are the activities to engage in?

T imetable - When will we do these activities?

E valuation - How did we do? Are we accomplishing our Ministry Objective?


                                                    Measures of a Disciple-maker?

This measure is important because a disciple-maker is the first echelon of workforce of the church. It makes sense, if disciples are the "product" or
"result expected" from the church, then these rare people are the beginning workforce of the church. 

We could use the following to identify whether or not
a person is growing
in the ministry of discipling.

1.  He/She continues to grow in the qualities of a "Disciple".

2.  He understands and is growing in skill in the vision and process of multiplying disciples.

3.  If married, he/she leads a scriptural home, meeting needs of his/her family.  They distinguish their roles biblically and are a biblical examples in their marriage to  their children and others.

4.  He/She has led at least 2 people to Christ and is continuing to witness to others and is in the process of mentoring other believers toward discipleship.

 

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Relationships for Discipling by Skip Gray

Issues: Healthy interpersonal relation relationships are the home ground for one-to-one discipling. These relationships can flourish when you are at peace with God, with yourself, and with others.

FOR MOST PEOPLE, AN IDEA MUST be simple to be really helpful. In no area is this more true than in building interpersonal relationships.

Building and maintaining healthy, dynamic, mutually satisfying relationships with others is a lifetime venture, so it is important that we master a few simple tools and use them consistently over the long haul.

The first tool is making peace with God. The right place to begin in considering your "horizontal" relationships with other people is your "vertical" relationship with God. Let God be all that he wants to be and can be in your experience, by virtue of his love, his grace, his power, and his perfect control over your life.

In the last third of his letter to the Christians in Rome, the apostle Paul has a great deal to say about our interpersonal relationships. But it is significant that earlier in the letter he says, "We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (5:1). In recognizing and accepting out peace with God, we have the right basis for good relationships with the people around us.

MAKE PEACE WITH YOURSELF

Here are three practical suggestions that may help you develop in personal peace. You can think of them as the ABC's of inner peace.

A—Accept yourself unconditionally. Accept yourself in the same way you have experienced acceptance from the Lord. He made peace with you when he died for you on the cross, and he is eager for you to be at peace with yourself-with your own inner man or woman. Since he no longer condemns you, it is absolutely pointless for you to go around feeling guilty or condemning yourself-carrying the weight of guilt which has no basis.

Accept yourself. Thank the Lord for making you the way he did, and rejoice in the fact that your background, training, personality, and temperament are everything he wants. He has put all the ingredients in your life so you might become the person he wants you to be.

B—Be your own man or woman. Take care not to let other people play "Holy Spirit Jr." in your life. The fact that many sincere Christians around you eagerly urge you to fling yourself into their frenzied routine of Christian activities does not necessarily mean you should follow their example. What have they become as a result of their activities? Ask yourself, "Does God want me to become like them?"

Make sure you're doing what God wants you to do, and not merely what sincere friends urge you to do. In Luke 5:15–16, the Lord Jesus was surrounded by a multitude of needy people. Yet he withdrew to the wilderness, because of his need for time alone with God in meditation and prayer.

C—Consider Christ. We are told to direct our undivided attention to the incomparable person of Christ in Hebrews 12:2–3. One good reason for avoiding the hectic crush of busyness in our lives is to make time for contemplating the Lord, something that is so evidently lacking in much of our personal, family, and community life today.

Let me stress that the focus of our meditation needs to be Jesus. "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus" (Hebrews 12:2). You will never know yourself as you should until you know him. And not knowing yourself, you will never be yourself-your own man or woman.


 

MAKE PEACE WITH THE WORLD AROUND YOU

Your place in the world could be pictured as a series of concentric circles. You live in the very center. The circle closest to you is your immediate family, and in the next circle are your close friends. Then come circles that include those who work with you, your neighbors, your acquaintances at church, and so on. Much further out are circles with all the people in your ethnic group and your country. The circles go all the way out to the edge of the human race.

Your potential for influence in this structure is drastically reduced once you get beyond the few circles closest to you. Does that frustrate you? It shouldn't, because frustration leads to resentment and then to bitterness, an acid that destroys its container (you) and contaminates everything else it touches. This bitterness is a major hindrance to personal relationships.

The Bible teaches us, "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone" (Romans 12:18). So come to terms with your particular world. Accept others as unconditionally as you are learning to accept yourself. You can never relate well to another person if he doubts (rightly or wrongly) whether you accept him.

You may not always agree with others. Their beliefs, moral standards, and opinions will differ from your own, and there may be occasional controversy. No matter. Paul encountered controversy more than once. But let this be for you-as it was for Paul-the exception and not the rule. And when controversy does arise, "let the other guy start it"

LIVING IN PEACE IS NOT ENOUGH

One final word: Making peace with God, with yourself, and with others really only sets the stage for your real mission in life-living to love.

When Paul was trying to disentangle the Galatian Christians from the web of legalistic snares created by some counterfeit Christian leaders, he began his summary argument by saying,

You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." (Galatians 5:13–14)

Paul then gave specific practical instructions in how to "love your neighbor as yourself"—in how to have meaningful interpersonal relationships with those in the various circles around us.

He wrote that if a man stumbles on the road of life, we are to help him get up again, not forgetting that it might have been we who fell instead of him. "Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted" (Galatians 6:1). In other words, we are to take the initiative in helping people who have problems, needs, sin. We pray. We love. We remind them of God's grace and forgiveness. We freely forgive if the transgression was directed toward us. We do everything possible to restore them to fellowship with God and with the people around them.


 

Paul also said that if someone is carrying a burden, we are to offer to help him carry it, just as the Lord Jesus would if he were there in person. "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:2). Carrying burdens is what real love is all about.

Of course, there are many kinds of burdens. There are physical burdens. There are financial burdens. There are emotional burdens-a sense of emptiness, loneliness, frustration; the sense of having lost the way, of not being sure what life is all about, of discouragement of despondency.

Your time, your energy, your interest, your care-your very life and love will help others carry these burdens.

Paul also wrote that when someone is a blessing in our life-when someone helps us with his or her spiritual insight or teaching-we are to show gratitude by returning a favor. "Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor" (Galatians 6:6). We can make a financial contribution, perhaps, or give some other evidence of our love and appreciation by meeting a real need this person has.

Paul concluded these practical suggestions by saying,

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers (Galatians 6:9–10).

As help for other people, our turn will come in the Lord's good time to be on the receiving end of someone else's kindness.

These suggestions in Galatians 6 are practical and down to earth-where we live. As you apply them, they will not only help you in your relationships with the people around you, but also fill your life with meaning and purpose such as you have never known.

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