introducing the leadership dimension

26682927_sDisciple making vision, principles and skills have been at the core of how I have made disciples and mobilized disciple makers for the last two and a half years.

However, I have come to the conviction that I need to add one more dimension to all I do, coach and train: Leadership.

Here are three of my basic assumptions, which I invite you to consider and comment on:

1. Leadership is influence. This means that disciple makers are leaders, and can become better disciple makers by becoming better leaders.

2. Disciple making skills are leadership skills. This can be illustrated by the following comparisons:

Disciple Making Skill Leadership Law1
Live life with the lost as a helpful, hopeful person. Leaders add value by serving others.
Help people of peace discover and understand what God is saying to them. Leaders evaluate everything with a leadership bias. (Both the disciple making skill and the leadership law depend on intuition and discernment.)
Stimulate people of peace to have spiritual conversations with their circles of influence. People naturally follow leaders stronger than themselves. (This is why people of peace are so important to reaching groups.)
Mentor people of peace to help their circles discover God in the word of God and respond to him in obedience. Only secure leaders give power to others. (Effective disciple makers empower people of peace.)
Coach people of peace to become spiritual leaders who reproduce spiritual leaders. To add growth, lead followers—to multiply, lead leaders.

3. Discipleship is a holistic leadership development process. The result is disciples who make disciples who make disciples. Your turn:

  1. What new ideas did you think of as you read through these assumptions about discipleship and leadership?
  2. On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is leadership to you as a disciple maker?

Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!

The leadership laws listed are from John C. Maxwell’s The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You (10th Anniversary Edition). The descriptions correspond to laws number 5, 8, 7, 12 and 20, respectively.

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5 thoughts on “introducing the leadership dimension

  1. So exciting the way you have introduced this. I note that on March 5, last year (i.e. “The Fives”) I commented about how this is working in difficult nations. Later in the year, I lost my helpmeet of 57 years and have lost track of lots of things in the grief process. But, now I am able to see some real opportunities are available just across the street from where I live. “Dream Centers” (several churches) have finished Mary’s Home for abused mothers and children. Sadly, Joyce wanted to be a part of that, but it is now a place to work out of for guys like me. so keen on this kind of disciple making process. That whole neighborhood around Mary’s Home is a downtrodden part of Colorado Springs. Dream Centers now have initiated a program called “Adopt a Block” for the whole neighborhood and I have been asked to be one of the leaders.It even has two 3-story apartment buildings that remind me of what you have in Bulgaria, Kirk. When Joyce and I were in Hungary 10 years ago, I craved finding a way to penetrate those buildings and their courtyards in Central and Eastern Europe. I have a practice area right across the street from me to practice in. Please pray for my success and any advice or materials would be dearly appreciated.


  2. I have found the concept of decentralized leadership at the heart of disciple making. In the book “The Spider and the Starfish” I see by secular examples a type of path seen in Asia and beginning to come into focus in the urban settings here in the United States. If leadership is less of extended control and more encouraging to expand with confidence brought about by good leadership skills, this passed along model takes on a 2 Timothy 2:2 flavor. A true sweet spot.


    1. Thanks, Kim, for highlighting the value of the right kind of leadership to the process of making disciples. Leadership that controls, stifles. Leadership that freely gives, multiplies.

      Looking forward to you being part of the conversation,


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