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Am I Making Disciples?

Convert     Disciple     Disciple-maker    Maker of Disciple-makers

While never perfect, we need to attempt to identify the above terms.  A ministry evaluation tool is an attempt to measure a point of maturity, like a snapshot at a certain point in a process, to assess where a person may be in his growth as a disciple.  For sure, we cannot be dogmatic about the exact wording or the perfect perception of these few stages of maturity, but by the observing the Scriptures and meditating on them, we can be sure we are still on track of what the Bible teaches.  We are all in a process that only God knows.  He wants us to grapple with the commands and learn from them what it means to "go make disciples". 

"...take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the "Holy Spirit has made you overseers", to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood" .Acts 20:28 

You can't make disciples from non-believers.  A convert is a prerequisite to becoming a disciple of Christ.  Converts come by trusting the atoning sacrifice of Christ's death on the cross for the forgiveness of sins.  That usually happens after someone shares the Gospel.  Being a convert is a free gift from God through Jesus Christ by trusting the promises about His salvation.  This is foundational to the discipleship process.  Salvation is free, but discipleship costs you something.

Therefore, we need to be in prayer and in the Word of God to be in tune to God's plan in our efforts to make disciples as He has commanded us.  Notice the levels - convert, disciple, disciple-maker and Laborer.  The first step is the convert, advancing to the disciple, to the those who do the ministry of disciplemaking and then to those who can lead disciple-makers.  It is pretty simple.  We should have an idea of what a believer is and then what a follower of Christ is and how to do that ministry.

 


Measure of a Convert?

 (This is an attempt to help evaluate whether a person has become a Christian or not.)

We could use the following to identify whether or not
a man/woman has truly been "Born Again."

1.  The person expresses that there has been an identifiable time in this life when he/she believed.

2 The person claims to have assurance that he/she has assurance of salvation.

3.  The person has shared with someone else, however simple, that he/she is a believer.

4.  The person shows a continuing desire to fellowship, however minimum, with other believers.

Once we observe that these evaluation points are true in a person's life, we can move on, assuming that the person is ready for follow-up and basic discipleship.


Measure of a Disciple?

(This evaluation is the most important of all the measures, because everyone who is involved with this ministry is basically a potential disciple of Christ.  This monitor of a "disciple" is always "on".  It doesn't matter how long you have been in a disciple-making ministry, these points are as important as when you first began.  Discipleship is a continuing process not merely a state of being that we achieve)

We could use the following to identify whether or not
a
person is growing as a "disciple."

1.  This person has made a major lordship of Christ decision for his/her life either in a group meeting or after discussing appropriate Scriptures.  Matt. 6:33, Luke 9:23

2. This person is attempting to put Christ first in the following areas of his/her life:

Character & Reputation
Money and possessions
Self - EGO
Relationships
Knowledge & Wisdom
Dating if Single
Marriage and Family
Avocations & Vocation
Use of Time & Plans
Pace of Life

3.  This person has a consistent devotional time and is growing in his/her prayer life.

4.  This person demonstrates a desire to learn and apply God's Word by reading and studying and memorizing it.

5.  This person manifests a heart for witnessing, gives his/her testimony and shares the Gospel regularly and with increasing skill.

6.  This person makes himself/herself accountable to our local body, he is:
 

A.  Faithful He/She endeavors to support the ministry plans, promote unity, give to the Lord as He has prospered him/her and maintain personal integrity.
B.  Available He/She is available to serve where needed most, and especially in the area of his/her gifts.
C.  Teachable He/She seeks counsel, demonstrates an eagerness to learn and apply truth to his/her life.

7.  This person demonstrates a servant's heart in his sincere interest in helping others.
 


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.


Measure of an Equipper/Pastor/Laborer/Disciple-maker?

Who makes disciple-makers become workforce?  Of course, it has to be the laborer/Equipper/Pastor/Leaders of disciple-makers, the keepers of the vision of disciple-making.  The Ephesians 4:11-13 people.

Eph 4:11-13 (NIV) 11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

We could use the following to identify whether or not
a person is leading ministries of disciple-makers.

1.  He/She continues managing his life according to the principles of a growing disciple. 

2. He/She has basic understanding of the vision of disciple-making, and is involved in managing the 4 phases of growth in the disciple-making ministry.
 


Example of Evaluation Points:
 

Evangelism  = Converts
Follow-up   = Disciples
Training      = Disciple-makers
Building      = Laborers

 

 

 

Ministry of Multiplication
Small Group
Bible Studies and
Person to Person mentoring
Ephesians 4:11-13
Matthew 28:19-20

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