measuring movements

21599534_sEvery disciple making movement is an observable and measurable work of God.

  • It begins with a group of lost people that discovers God and responds to Him in loving obedience. The resulting transformation is so real that it is observable by others.
  • Members of this transformed group are compelled by God to help other groups experience the same thing. Like a family tree, this births a new generation of transformed groups and increases the breadth of the movement.
  • This process is repeated by each generation, multiplying the number of groups that are being transformed into concrete expressions of the Body of Christ.

However, the fact that something can be measured doesn’t mean that it should be measured. Just ask King David!

David was conscience-stricken after he had counted the fighting men, and he said to the LORD, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, LORD, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.”

2 Samuel 24:10

Here are three principles that will help you act wisely – not foolishly – when measuring a disciple making movement:

1. Make sure that your only motivation is to glorify God. Anything less is to claim His glory for yourself.

2. Focus on fruit. That is what Jesus wants you to bear and what he promises to bless (John 15:16).

3. Use information to serve those through whom God is working. Help them see what God is doing and hear what God is saying.

Your turn:

  1. How could measuring a disciple making movement become a very foolish thing?
  2. What fruits would be most helpful to measure in the early stages of a disciple making movement?
  3. How can you use information you are currently collecting to help disciple makers hear what God is saying?

Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!

5 thoughts on “measuring movements

    1. Thanks Larry for the clarifying question.

      My understanding is that there are underground movements that are not very measurable or observable – to outsiders.

      In the cases I am familiar with, the insiders have a clear picture of the fruit being produced and are using that information to help their disciple makers be even more fruitful.

      Other thoughts?


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