Intentional Disciple Making

by Dean Patterson

Purpose/Goal

The purpose/goal of this web site is to describe a process for evolving an existing church into an Intentional Disciple Making (IDM) church with the purpose of sustainability for meeting Jesus’ command of Matthew 28:19-20 and John 15:8 (By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples {talmidim} ESV).”  I have entitled the web site “Intentional Disciple Making: Best Management Practices”. The steps (practices) that make up a sustainable process are derived from practices given in the Bible (a Biblical perspective) and primarily from the New Testament.

 

By sustainability,

I mean a church management/operating process based on obedience to Jesus’ teachings and commands that become the basic DNA of a church which are sustainable into future generations even when the present leaders have passed. These practices are oriented toward an existing church but are also applicable to a new church which has less cultural hinderances. These practices are principally for the USA culture but can be used in other locations modified for that specific culture.

New Testament Disciples

New Testament Disciples (Talmidim) – A Definition Purpose/Goal: The goal of this web site to bring clarity to what it means to be an adult disciple         (talmid) of Christ and to help a church become an Intentional Disciple Making (IDM) church. Many others are also doing the same and I refer the reader to www.discipleship.org. This site is meant to compliment the work of others. Why this Note This is a brief summary of the meaning of “a...

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Authentic Discipleship

Jesus’ Style of Authentic Discipleship Purpose/Goal: The goal of this web site to bring clarity to what it means to be an adult disciple (talmid) of Christ and to help a church become an Intentional Disciple Making (IDM) church. Many others are also doing the same and I refer the reader to www.discipleship.org. This site is meant to compliment the work of others. Why this Note: To understand what is true authentic discipleship for the present...

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Post 3 – Stage 1 of Jesus’ Training of His Apostles/Disciples

New believers that come into our churches do not come with the same qualifications. They have to be train to exercise these disciplines – otherwise they remain in an infant or at most a young child stage of a disciple (see Post 1). Development of spiritual disciplines must be done intentionally with accountability and in small groups.

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Jesus’ Tool Box of Training Methods

Why Important
These are essential methods to be used/applied as you select and train people to be disciple-makers who can in turn can select and develop future disciple-makers. Paul instructed Timothy to do this in 2nd Timothy 2:2 “and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others.” Actually 2nd Timothy 2:1-7 put verse 2 in perspective. Both Jesus and Paul exhort us to be obedient to what Jesus has stated as a command in Matthew 28:18-20.

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Stage 1 Training Content

New believers that come into our USA churches today do not come with the same qualifications. They have to be train to exercise these practices – otherwise they remain in an infant or at most a young child stage of a disciple (see Post 1). Development of spiritual disciplines must be done intentionally with accountability and in small groups in your local church. This is the forgotten stage in the development of disciples for Christ! These elements should be practiced throughout our entire lives (a habit of our daily lives) with accountability to a small group or another person or persons on a continuous basis.

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