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

Post 3 - Stage 1 of Jesus’ Training of His Apostles/Disciples Why This Note: In post 2 we listed the four training stages of Jesus’ Apostles/disciples with Biblical references for the beginning and ending of each stage. In this article we will discuss only Stage 1 and its application. This is the “cornerstone”, bedrock or basic element in the development of an adult disciple (talmid) of Christ. This Stage 1 training is essential for new infant...

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