The DNA of a Disciple Making Church
1. All who are called to salvation are called to discipleship. No exceptions. No excuses.
2. The gospel we preach and believe dictates the kind of disciples we are and the kind of disciples we make.
3. If we attempt to make a Christlike disciple from a non- discipleship gospel, we will fail. We will make a disciple, but the wrong kind.
4. If we are truly saved, we will decide to enroll in Jesus’ school and learn from him as his apprentice.
5. A disciple learns, grows, changes, and makes other disciples. Spiritual sterility is not acceptable.
6. Jesus’ methods are just as important as his message. Our churches often accept his message but ignore his methods and create a non-discipleship Christianity that has no serious impact.
7. Our churches exist for discipleship. Disciples are God’s delivery system to the world. When churches reverse this process and attempt to get the world come to them instead of sending disciples to the world, the result is chaos and disciples are not produced.
8. Pastors should be evaluated and rewarded based on how many disciple-makers they produce and what kind of people their church sends into the world.
9. If our churches improve their game and increase the
number of trained disciples they deploy into the world, more people will come into God’s kingdom. More salt and light and more joy in Christ will be distributed, and more persecution suffered. But the sooner the mission is complete, the sooner the end will come.
10. Christ lives for others, the church is only the church when it exists for others. Any plan that does not create disciples who live for others is a failure.
The DNA of a Disciple Making Pastor
1. A pastor’s first priority and responsibility is seeing that every member of the church is growing toward becoming a mature, reproducing disciple.
2. Every person called to salvation is called to discipleship.
3. The gospel expects all disciples to make other disciples.
4. All ministry activities should be evaluated by their
contribution to growing mature, reproducing disciples.
5. The method should be Jesus’ way of personally making disciples who make other disciples.
6. Success should be measured not by how many disciples are made, but by how many disciples are making other disciples.
7. Our churches exist for making disciples, and disciples are God’s gift to the world.
8. The ultimate goal of making disciples is world revolution. When the gospel is preached to all peoples, the end will come.
"Discipleship DNA" is taken from "Conversion and Discipleship: You Can't Have One Without the Other" by Bill Hull