the fives: disciple making skills

Image credit: zentilia / 123RF Stock Photo
Image credit: zentilia / 123RF Stock Photo

This is the 3rd in a series on The Fives – the five principles, skills and tools that can help you advance disciple making movements.

Jesus sent 72 disciples into the harvest field to raise up workers from the harvest field, for the harvest field, and we are called to do the same.

Here five skills that will help you do that:

1. Live life with the lost as a helpful, hopeful person (Matthew 5:16, 1 Peter 3:15). This is how you will be found by people of peace.

2. Help people of peace discover and understand what God is saying to them. Do this by creating an expectancy (1 Samuel 3:1-10) and by letting them lead with questions (Acts 8:26-40).

3. Stimulate people of peace to have spiritual conversations with their circles of influence. This is what Jesus did with the Samaritan woman (John 4:1-43), and the formerly demon-possessed man from the region of the Decapolis (Mark 5:1-20).

4. Mentor people of peace to help their circles discover God in the word of God and respond to him in obedience (Luke 1:1-4, John 20:30-31). The result of this will be transformation through repentance and baptism.

5. Coach people of peace to become spiritual leaders who reproduce spiritual leaders (John 20:19-23, 2 Timothy 2:2). This is critical, for it leads to multiplication.

Your turn:

  1. How do these skills relate to the five disciple making principles?
  2. Which of these skills takes the most patience? the most discernment? the most practice?
  3. What disciple making skills would you add – or subtract – from my list of five?

Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!


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