decision point: engaging the lost

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This is the fourth post in a decision point series on how disciple making teams relate to local churches.

Some disciple making teams implement disciple making movement strategies by directly engaging the lost.

These teams see future workers coming from the harvest field itself. Their job, therefore, is not just to find and disciple people of peace, but to develop people of peace into leaders.

Implications: Raising up workers from the harvest fields significantly increases the likelihood of an indigenous, reproducing movement. However, this requires discernment about which parts of the local culture can be embraced, and which parts need to be redeemed over time.

Key decision: will the disciple making team try to stay ahead of the movement, or will they step to the side?

Encouragement: be a bridge between the emerging movement and existing churches.

Your turn:

  1. What benefits do you see in directly engaging the lost?
  2. What risks do you see?
  3. How would you advise teams that are directly implementing disciple making movement strategies among the lost?

Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!

5 thoughts on “decision point: engaging the lost

    1. I’m glad you called that out, Chuck. And even though this series presents three distinct ways that disciple making teams choose to relate to local churches, in practice these three ways are not mutually exclusive. Nonetheless, it is still a strategic question that teams would do well to answer for themselves.

      Your comment also surfaces the “insider” versus “outside” perspective and roles in disciple making movements. As outsiders, most of us are still trying to wrap our heads around the hope we have of seeing the movements we are trying to catalyze. Insiders, those who come up within a movement, are probably focused on things we aren’t talking about, and they would be talking about them in very different ways.

      So, something else for us to explore is this: what is our role as catalysts, and how is it distinct from the roles of the people among whom disciple making movements take root and take off?

      Together with you,


  1. Of course I’m coming at it differently… from the position of a pastor in an existing church. I have a sense of obligation to the people in the churches where God has placed me these many years. I never did very well at “Lifeboat” type exercises either!


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