Pray. Gather a team with passion for disciple-making. Work through these questions. Don’t be afraid to launch disciple-making actions while working through strategy development. But keep things fluid so adjustments can be made.
Consider these questions as starters:
- What is the current state of disciple-making (strengths and needs)?
- What programs, ministries, and events are accomplishing a portion of the work of disciple-making? Which part? How well?
- What are the challenges and hurdles facing disciple-making?
- What are we supposed to be doing in disciple-making? What is our mission?
- Why do we do what we do in our disciple-making efforts? What do we value?
- How do we do what we do in our disciple-making efforts? What would our disciple-making strategy map/flowchart look like?
- When are we successful in our disciple-making efforts? How could we measure effectiveness of our efforts?
- Where is God leading us in our disciple-making?
- How will we know we are heading in the right direction?
- How will be build church support of the disciple-making strategy?
- How will we communicate the disciple-making vision in response to congregational questions and concerns?
- How do we lead the church to “own” urgency for disciple-making?
- How will we lead people to recognize our Lord’s vision for disciple-making?
I want to acknowledge drawing help from an article by Will Mancini entitled, 36 Questions for 20/20 Church Vision from Start to Finish.
What questions would you add? As my church’s disciple-making strategy team has discussed many of these question and read various resources, it has been amazing the common language, ideas, and direction they have discovered. Now is a good time to start!
For more ideas about disciple-making, check out these posts:
- I-Will-Make-You Discipleship
- Disciple-Making: Where to Start
- Scripture Memorization and Disciple-Making
- Discipleship and Relational Prayer
- Disciple-Making Goals for the Year Ahead
- Materials for One-on-One Disciple-Making
- Discipleship Through Church Ministry and Programs
- New Year’s Commitment to Growth and Discipleship