beyond tools

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Disciple making tools are limited by an often overlooked fact: they are nothing more than tools.

Just as swinging a hammer doesn’t make me a construction worker, using disciple making tools doesn’t make me a disciple making movement practitioner.

Here are three questions that will help you move beyond disciple making tools to disciple making movements:

1. How well are you using disciple making tools? This is the most obvious yet least helpful of the three questions. Nonetheless, practitioners need to become skilled in the tools of their trade.

2. How are you using disciple making tools? This is the most subtle question. Are you using disciple making tools to build your church or network, or are you using them to reach the lost? (Those who see this as a both/and question are not likely to see disciple making movements.)

3. Why are you using disciple making tools? This is the most personal and important of the three questions. Selfish ambition and vain conceit produce death. Humility and obedience produce fruit.

Your turn:

  1. What statement or question do you most resist? Why?
  2. Which statement or question was most helpful? How so?
  3. What is one new thing you can do to move beyond disciple making tools to disciple making movements?

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