In 2020, a National Study of Disciple Making in US Churches was commissioned by Exponential and Discipleship.org. The results showed that less than 5% of US churches had “a culture of and strategy for reproducing disciples and disciple makers.” The study also revealed that “pastors are overly optimistic in their assessment of the disciple making cultures present in their churches, and frequently overrating their effectiveness in discipleship and disciple making.” This may feel like piling on in a year when we are all dealing with the adjustments to doing ministry in a pandemic, yet the fact is we intuitively sense our church does better at bearing great commission fruit.
We would like to encourage you to make an investment in your disciple making leadership in 2021. The Sonlife Strategy Workshop. Strategy looks at Jesus as a movement maker, focusing on five developmental phases in building a movement or culture of disciple making. No question we are committed to and are making an effort at disciple making. However:
- Do we have a key leader serving as a gatekeeper for disciple making? If disciple making is everyone’s job it is essentially no one’s job.
- Does that key leader have a core team working with your key leader?
- Does the DNA of Jesus’ movement permeate all our ministries?
- Do we intentionally enlist and equip people for “harvest” work?
- Do our ministry structures and programs work together in making disciples?
We will be offering the Strategy Workshop—typically a full day equipping experience—in three virtual two-hour segments starting on Wednesday, January 27. This bit-sized delivery will allow for better assimilation and application of Jesus’ model. The cost is just $60. You can register before January 19 here (use the password EFCAcentral).
This workshop will help you take next steps at the developing the language, processes and culture you need to be more effective and fruitful in disciple making. Reach out to Larry Austin if you have questions!