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2010 Introduction: The Disciple-Making Church, a Force to Be Reckoned With 11
1990 Introduction: Is Disciple Making for Everyone? 15
Part 1 What Does Disciple Making Mean? 21
1 A Biblical Look at Discipling 23
2 The Focus of the Disciple-Making Church 33
Reflection 2010 52
Part 2 The First Church: Jerusalem 57
3 Founding the First Church 59
4 Practices and Priorities of the First Church 65
5 Challenges for a Growing Church 79
6 Breaking the Barriers to Disciple Making 89
Reflection 2010 105
Part 3 The Mission Church 109
7 The Early Mission Church Meets Jesus 111
8 The Maturing Mission Church Follows Jesus 123
9 The Mission Church Reproduces 137
Reflection 2010 151
Part 4 The Discipling Church 155
10 Ephesus: The Congregation and Its Priorities 157
11 The Pastoral Priorities 175
12 Development of a Leadership Community 191
Reflection 2010 205
Part 5 The Principles of a Growing Church 209
13 The Well-Principled Church 211
Reflection 2010 225
Appendix: Developing a Leadership Community by Randall K. Knutson 229
Leadership Community 231
How to Run a Cell-Based Church 242
Structuring Small Groups 247
Discovering the Power of 4: Opening Your Heart to God, Yourself, and Others 254
Why I Believe More in Responsibility than Accountability Today 260
Posted October 4, 2009
Bill Hull has authored several Christian books and pastored for more than twenty years. He is founder of T-Net International, which is a ministry that helps churches transform into disciple-making churches. Hull has earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Oral Roberts University and a Master of Divinity from Talbot Theological Seminary.
The book is directed to those who desire the Church to be a disciple making organization as their primary focus. The effort begins by identifying problems with discipleship from the advent of the church in the book of Acts to our contemporary organization. Hull's purpose is to present discipleship, encourage leadership to accept the biblical mandate to make disciples and the developing of leadership. It is divided up into five parts with thirteen chapters that seeks to make discipling the main focus for the church. Hull's belief is that disciple making is the business of every Christians. According to Hull, demographically, the church has decline when compared to overall population statistics. "There is no way to reproduce, multiply, and decentralize people and the Gospel without first diligently making disciples (11)." Therefore, the contention is the lack of disciple making in the last six decades have contributed to the decline, and today the church must be 'decentralized.'
Part one address what it means to be a disciple by looking at the biblical disciple and the disciple-making church. Hull defines discipleship; describes a methodology for making disciples; and how models of discipleship present themselves before the organization. He also shows the importance of recognizing the diversity of cultures and gifts that work together to create the discipling atmosphere. The importance of 'pastoral care' is also emphasized showing that the pulpit must be maintained to set the discipling agenda, equip and empower the applications.
Part two examines the first church at Jerusalem by examining the foundation, priorities, practices and challenges. The formation of the church identifies the structure, and then identifies the progress of developing the principles of building the local body. Finally, the church made adjustments to negative efforts. Hull prescribes five priority practices instrumental in the church's development in becoming a mature and reproductive organization: (1) a commitment to scripture, (2) a commitment to one another, (3) a commitment to prayer, (4) committed to worship and (5) a commitment to outreach. However, even though the commitment of the administration identified later, Hull neglects to make the emphasis. Nevertheless, Hull points out that the developing of the 'reproductive stage' of the church took time to be fully operational. Barriers of decentralization, prejudice and locations had to be broken for the effort to continue.
Part three shows the church on the move in terms of missions. This plight mainly describes Paul's effort in formulating, maturing and reproducing the church abroad. Paul's three missionary journeys, plus his time in prison was associated with what Hull had identified as stages of disciple ship from his other writings. That is, Paul's first journey, "Come and See. The second journey represented the "Come Follow Me" stage, however, "combined with corrective action." The third journey "Paul added reproduction and leadership development, the "Come and be with Me" stage. The last stage, "Remain in Me," took place when Paul spent four years in prison, "and
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