4 Common Disciple Making Delusions

4 Common Disciple Making Delusions

Rob Trenckmann:

Disciple-making is not complete until someone can reproduce. Just as we measure an apple tree’s maturity by its ability to make apples, or a wheat crop’s maturity by its ability to bear seed, disciples are not mature until they can make new disciples. Too often in our youth ministries we make “mules”—good workers who can’t reproduce. Reproduction is the sign of a mature disciple. Which means …

I don’t agree with the first part of Rob’s post, but he makes some great points, though. It’s important to remember that replication is the goal of a D-Group. If you are discipling people who have no intention of making disciples, then you are better served by focusing on people who want to continue with the vision.

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Robby Gallaty is the Senior Pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN. He was radically saved out of a life of drug addiction on November 12, 2002. In 2008, he began Replicate Ministries to equip and train men and women to be disciples who make disciples. He is also the author of Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples (2013), Firmly Planted: How to Cultivate a Faith Rooted in Christ (2015), Rediscovering Discipleship: Making Jesus’ Final Words Our First Work (2015), Foundations: A 260-Day Bible Reading Plan for Busy Believers (2015) The Forgotten Jesus: How Western Christians Should Follow an Eastern Rabbi (2017), and Bearing Fruit: What Happens When God’s People Grow (2017).