the fives

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This is the first in a series on The Fives – the five principles, skills and tools that can help you advance disciple making movements.

One of the risks that you and I face as disciple makers is information overload!

Our shelves are crowded with books, our walls are covered with lists and our hearts are longing for a way out of the labyrinth we have created.

If you know what I am talking about, I invite you to join me for this series on The Fives. You will get a chance to see and respond to how I organize disciple making principles, skills and tools.

But first, your turn:

  1. How do you respond to information overload?
  2. What are some of the limitations of talking about disciple making in terms of principles, skills and tools?
  3. What are some ways that you can counter those limitations?

Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!

2 thoughts on “the fives

  1. I’m a researcher type of guy, somewhat bound at my age from “boots on the ground” activity, do really enjoy this blog. My bookshelves and computer storage of articles certainly overfloweth. Since coming home from ministry in Central and Eastern Europe in 2003, I have followed the progression of marketplace ministry, “Revolution” in meeting places, and a wide array of ways that Jesus following disciples are being made. This is indeed major overload and can be mind-boggling at times..

    But, Jerry Troutsdale, Director of International Ministries of CityTeam International just authored the book “Miraculous Movements” that brings all these things together in a beautiful way. Doing Luke 10 and Matthew 10 in concert with Discovery Bible Studies among Muslims is a fascinating read. Blended in are amazing testimonies of supernatural manifestations and answers to prayer. Imams, Shieks and the more educated Islam leaders are coming to Christ and becoming the best disciple-makers.

    I first ordered it on my Amazon Kindle Fire and quickly ordered three books to hand out.


    1. Hi Roger. As a researcher, you have the gift of amassing data and then helping others make sense of it. DMM Practitioners, Team Leaders and Catalysts need people like you.

      Thank you for highlighting how Jerry Trousdale has effectively used real stories to illustrate the head, heart and hands of disciple making movements in his book, “Miraculous Movement” – it is a great way to clear through the clutter!


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