One of my recent observations is that disciple making skills are leadership skills.
While there is nothing particularly new or novel about this observation, there is something significant about it. Namely, it clarifies what we are seeking to do:
We are not seeking to make disciples as much as we are seeking to reproduce disciple-making leaders.
Here are three reasons this distinction is important:
1. Leaders who make disciples accumulate followers; those who make disciple-making leaders help more people become followers of Jesus.
Like Paul, we continually point others away from us and to Christ: “So then, no more boasting about human leaders!” ~ 1 Corinthians 3:21
2. Leaders who make disciples unintentionally weaken social circles; those who make disciple-making leaders transform social circles.
Like Jesus, we immediately send people back into their social circle: “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” ~Mark 5:19
3. Leaders who make disciples model addition; those who make disciple-making leaders model multiplication.
Like Paul, we cast the vision of multiple generations of disciples: “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” ~ 2 Timothy 2:2
- Do the people you disciple tend to defer more to you or to Christ?
- Are you more inclined to form new groups of believers or make Christ the center of an existing circle?
- Do you tend to model addition or multiplication?
Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!