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The Disciple-Making Church: Leading a Body of Believers on the Journey of Faith
     

The Disciple-Making Church: Leading a Body of Believers on the Journey of Faith

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by Bill Hull, Renaut van der Riet
 

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Scripture places high priority on the disciplemaking capacity of the church, This book shows how to accomplish it. Foreword by Howard Ball.

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Scripture places high priority on the disciplemaking capacity of the church, This book shows how to accomplish it. Foreword by Howard Ball.

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ISBN-13:
9781441212276
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/15/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
870,475
File size:
985 KB

Meet the Author

Bill Hull is a writer and discipleship evangelist as well as the founder of T-Net International, a ministry devoted to transforming churches into disciple-making churches. He has spent more than twenty years as a pastor and is the author of several books, including Jesus Christ, Disciplemaker and Choose the Life. He and his wife, Jane, live in California.

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Disciple-Making Church 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
weppenger More than 1 year ago
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