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What is the fruit of a disciple?

What is the fruit of a disciple?

I have reflected on this for some time.  Like the last 30+ years.  What is your answer?

When I asked a church staff this question, they responded a month later with a list of qualities that described a disciple.  For example: Godly character, biblical literate, service, humility, shares faith, etc.  And the list went on and on.  I was exhausted at the end of our meeting because I was convinced that no one I knew would ever measure-up; including me.

What I felt they were describing was a list of behaviors to make better disciples, but not to MAKE disciples.

This was troubling to me.  You could pragmatically help your people become better disciples but miss Jesus’ command to make disciples.  Jesus set the tone of His mission by showing His disciples that the best way to become a better disciple is by making disciples.

Taking this a step deeper.  Is your ministry making better disciples or more disciples?  What is the fruit of a disciple?  Simply put, the fruit of a disciple are disciples who are making disciples.

We have taken the mystery of what a fruitful disciple does in the Disciplemaking Collective.  We use a simple path to help disciples assess where they are on their disciplemaking journey called the Disciplemaking Coaching Guide and Storyboard (see image above).  CLICK HERE for more information.

 

Register for the Leadership Development Collective, LIVE online course today!

Register for the Leadership Development Collective, LIVE online course today!

Leaders have limited time and resources to develop – we provide coaching and training to help leaders develop their effectiveness!

For three years, InFocus worked with the North Point Partners from 2008-2011 to coach the 22 lead pastors in  their leadership effectiveness.  One of the insights we learned was that leaders need a plan to develop their leadership.  As a result, we created the Leadership Development Collective, a LIVE online course.

In three weeks I will co-facilitate the first of four group sessions with Troy Fountain who is a North Point Partner, the founding pastor of Wiregrass Church – which has grown and planted two campuses.  He started and led the 1st Strategic Partnership of North Point Community Church.  Troy brings years of experience to the Collective.

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Why people are done with church!

Why people are done with church!

When Josh Packard asked his subjects why they had left church, he found the top four reasons were:

  1. they wanted community… and got judgment;
  2. they wanted to affect the life of the church… and got bureaucracy;
  3. they wanted conversation… and got doctrine;
  4. they wanted meaningful engagement with the world… and got moral prescription.

A lot of research has been conducted to alert church leaders why people in modern society are leaving the church in record numbers.  This list gets at some important issues facing the mission of the local church today.  Read more at: To the Dones and the Almost Dones, I hear you by Michael Frost.

InFocus is offering two LIVE courses beginning in April.  Who do you know that would benefit from one of the following: