Previously, I alluded to our Leadership Collective 2000 and presented 4 Basic Building Blocks of Disciplemaking – CLICK HERE. Since then I have been working with Glenn Spyksma to brainstorm reflection questions under each of the Disciple-Making Building Blocks (DMbb).  

Disciplemaking is a spiritual process with very real actionable steps.  I use the term, Disciple Coach for the disciplemaker because it is more descriptive of the role of the disciple who makes disciples in our world today.  Here are three assumptions that we make when we speak about disciplemaking. Here are three distinctions between Building Block #3 Have a discipleship cycle – and a process.

What is the difference between a “cycle” vs. a “process”?

  1. A cycle is ongoing and continuous vs. a process – it has a clear start and end point.
  2. A cycle prioritizes the need of the disciple vs. a process – it is linear with a pre-determined agenda.
  3. A cycle relies on obedience vs. a process – it relies on content and acquiring knowledge.

Following are the reflection questions that you can use as a Disciple Coach to have a discipleship cycle (not a process)

Reflection Questions

DMbb #3 Have a discipleship cycle (not a process)

  • Develop a comprehensive disciplemaking cycle that you believe in and will use:
    • Who have you shared your disciplemaking cycle with, in the last 90 days?
    • If you don’t have anyone that you have shared your disciplemaking cycle with recently, what is getting in the way?
    • What changes do you need to make to your disciplemaking cycle?
  • Develop a comprehensive disciplemaking cycle that is reproducible and incorporates the three steps of multiplication:


“I do you watch” 


“You do and I watch”


“You do and some else watches”

    • How transferable is your cycle?
    • Who have you discipled that is using your cycle with other disciple coaches?
    • What elements need to be refined further or added to make your cycle more transferable?

3 resources to help you design your own disciplemaking cycle:

  1. Watch Pastor Russ Sidders share his Disciplemaking Cycle – CLICK HERE.
  2. Disciplemaking Storyboard – CLICK HERE.
  3. Disciplemaking Coaching Guide – CLICK HERE.

The best way to use the 4 DMbb

  1. Meet with a disciple coach or a group of disciple coaches.
  2. Use the 4 DMbb as an assessment – help the disciple coach identify which one they need to focus on today
  3. Depending on which of the four the disciple coach identifies, help them further reflect on the specific aspect they need to focus – see expanded list CLICK HERE

That will set the stage for a spiritual discernment process to determine the disciple coach’s next steps.  Use the reflection questions above, in addition to the questions we present under the remaining DMbb presented in future blogs to facilitate the conversation.  Help the disciple coach is to stay in motion by taking the next step in their journey to make disciples that make disciples.


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