Disciple 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:
- What new ideas did you think of as you read through these assumptions about discipleship and leadership?
- 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!
1 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.