Starting a D-Group

My friend, Bob Mayfield, this week posted a practical post entitled How to Start a D-Group. I want to encourage you to read the entire post. Here are the first two sections: Why D-Groups? Disciples are best made in a community of close relationships. Jesus had Peter, James, and John.…

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Discipling Those Who Irregularly Attend

How do you disciple people who don’t show up? How much can preaching, Sunday School, or small groups help new Christians and disciples grow when they are irregularly present? Commitment is a sign of maturing but is often missing today. In Why Church Members Are Attending Less Frequently, Thom Rainer lists…

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Closing the Back Door

I recently met with a church that was having consistent baptisms but not experiencing net growth. They asked me to help them plan some strategies that would keep those they reached. About the same time I read Tom Rainer’s blog on “closing the back door.” How does a church keep…

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Jesus’ Style of Discipleship, Part 2

What did Jesus’ Style of making disciples look like? My simple definition of discipleship is, “Discipleship is a decision to follow Christ followed by a daily walk.” There are definitions that are longer and deeper but this for me is the bottom line for discipleship. That initial decision is a…

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Jesus’ Style of Discipleship

In the next few blogs we are going to talk about Jesus’ Style of making disciples. The word disciple is found 267 times in the New Testament. The word Christian is found 3 times in the New Testament. The word disciple (mathetes) is translated literally as a “learner.” My simple…

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