Disciple Making

At the beginning of the year a few of us trained on the Disciple Making Movement (DMM) and each month, we meet as a group to continue the journey together and keep each other accountable. When we met this week, we shared encouragements as usual and then went on to watch a documentary called Ordinary People.

Though the film itself is quite long and a bit repetitive, the main take outs I got were really interesting and as a church I think it helped to reaffirm everything we stand for as a church family, even if its based in a different context.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

The movement is all about being disciples in Christ and living that in our everyday lives, looking out for other people of peace to share the Word with and empower them in their faith and ability to help others in their journey. The movement gives practical tools for the every day person to step into who they have been called to be and to help work where He is already working.

7 Steps Of DMM

  1. Focus on Gods word
  2. Multiply extraordinary prayer
  3. Go out amongst the lost
  4. Starting groups – invite to study Bible
  5. Cast vision – how do we express what we’re doing and then hook people in
  6. Training believers – pass on what’s He’s teaching us
  7. Ongoing coaching

Food For Thought From Ordinary People

  • Past hurts/assumptions from institution puts people off from religion and Christianity in general
  • The traditional model of church is based on having a building and expecting people to come to us. DMM says we can’t expect them to come to us; just having a good speaker/worship band etc is enough
  • Do we think too highly of ourselves that we don’t want to go out amongst the lost?? We tend to see church as separate to the rest of our lives when we’ve been put in our workplaces/communities/groups etc. for a reason
  • Disciple making can’t be seen as a job; it takes time, and connections need to be made authentically. We need to love first and practically love
  • We need to be intentional with our time and have margin built in so when randomly comes up you can go and spend that time
  • We are to be equippers not proclaimers of information; we need to go alongside people, not telling them what to think/feel

I found it quite inspiring in all honesty; though it may be a slow process just being a disciple in your every day life, people of peace will be drawn to you and the positive impact that He has already written will come into fruition.

My Prayer This Week

Dear Lord

I pray that we are able to reach those you have put on our hearts and in our vicinity. May we see how we can play a small part in Your big plan for those in our community as they walk their faith journey.

I pray that those of us who have gone through the training, that we take on all we have learnt and feel empowered enough to put it into practise.

Amen

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