seeing the harvest

My post on measuring movements introduced the principle of using information to serve those through whom God is working.

This includes organizing information in ways that help disciple makers see what God is doing.

An easy way to do this is by drawing a fruit chart.1 Here is how:

Generation 1

Draw circles for each Bible discussion group that you are discipling, arranging them in a row. These circles represent the first generation of Bible discussion groups (G-1).

Describe the circles you draw by writing the initials of the people who are part of each Bible discussion group inside of their corresponding circle, and underline the initials of each group’s natural leader.

Do not include yourself as a group member or leader.

Record the number of seekers and believers in each group at the bottom of their circle. For example, if a group has three seekers and one believer, write “3S, 1B” at the bottom of their circle.

Summarize this generation of circles by totaling the number of different groups (Gathering, Mini and Believer Groups), the number of seekers and the number of believers to the right of the row of circles.

Gen 1

Generation 2

Draw circles for each Bible discussion group that members of the first generation are facilitating or discipling. Arrange these in a second row, which represents the second generation of Bible discussion groups (G-2).

Connect the circles in the first row to the circles in the second row by drawing a line from each “parent” circle to their “children” circles. Every circle in the second row should be connected to one of the circles in the first row.

Describe the circles in the second generation in the same way you described the circles in the first generation.

Summarize this generation of circles just as you summarized the first generation of circles.

Gen 2

Generations 3+

Continue to draw, connect, describe and summarize each new generation of Bible discussion groups that you know about.

When you are done, calculate the total number of different groups, the total number of seekers and the total number of believers in this emerging movement.

Make sure to record the date and to draw a new chart every three months in order to see how God is working over time.

Gen 3

Your turn:

Draw your own personal fruit chart or fill in this template.

  1. What is encouraging about your fruit chart?
  2. How does seeing your fruit chart challenge you?
  3. How will you adjust your priorities to become even more fruitful?

Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!

1This way of seeing the harvest was taught to me by someone who does not want attribution.

6 thoughts on “seeing the harvest

    1. This tool is really encouraging to me, also. It helps me focus on the right things and to see the way forward.

      I hope there will be a few disciple makers who will embrace it and share their experience with it in a few months.

      Together with you,


    1. Thanks, Larry, for asking the question about leadership.

      My thinking starts with the principle that information should be used to serve those through whom God is working, aka, reproducing disciple makers. The fruit chart is a tool that helps leaders do just that.

      Ideally, each disciple maker has their own fruit chart, which they review with their mentor/coach once a quarter. The goal of the review is to better understand what God is doing, and how the disciple maker can align their priorities and responsibilities accordingly.

      However, each reproducing disciple maker is also becoming a leader of other disciple makers. This means that they are using the fruit charts of the disciple makers they are mentoring/coaching to help them become more fruitful, too.

      In this way of thinking, information is decentralized to ensure that it is most accessible to those who need it most, as opposed to it being centralized and known in total.

      Or in plain English … no, I don’t think that any one person or team needs to know the total number of reproducing disciple makers in a movement.

      But what are your thoughts?

      Respectfully and together with you,


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