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

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Every Christian is called to make disciples

Often there is so much focus in our churches on the first part of Christ's Great Commission--evangelism--that the second part is omitted. The omission is not the preaching of Christ or the importance of world mission; it is the teaching of others on what it means to be an apprentice of Jesus. The sad result is generations of believers trying to be different from the world and not understanding why ...

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Overview

Every Christian is called to make disciples

Often there is so much focus in our churches on the first part of Christ's Great Commission--evangelism--that the second part is omitted. The omission is not the preaching of Christ or the importance of world mission; it is the teaching of others on what it means to be an apprentice of Jesus. The sad result is generations of believers trying to be different from the world and not understanding why they aren't.

In this update of his groundbreaking book, Bill Hull explains why disciple making must be the focus of the church and shows us our part in making it happen. With practical examples drawn from vast ministry experience, Hull helps the church deepen and enrich the lives of believers as they learn to truly follow Christ.

"Bill Hull's vision has been transformational in my personal life and an inspiration to the leaders of my church. The Disciple-Making Church should be a staple for any pastor or lay leader seeking to build a church that thrives on being and making disciples of Jesus Christ."--Brian Benson, senior pastor, Chino Valley Community Church, Chino Hills, California

"Bill Hull's extensive pastoral experience, combined with his long history as a consultant to many churches and denominations worldwide, not only gives him a theoretical foundation but also equips him to give very practical help for the church in this book."--Michael J. Wilkins, distinguished professor of New Testament language and literature, dean of the faculty, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

"Bill Hull has once again challenged me deeply. With great passion and eloquence he presents the biblical case for disciple making. This book will make readers pause to examine both their life and their ministry. I heartily recommend it."--Jim Pearson, senior pastor, Brookside Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana; author, Minefields in the Marketplace

"In my pastorates I have used The Disciple-Making Church as a training manual for church leaders. This revision updates and improves what is already one of the finest pieces of work available on disciple making."--Byron Morgan, senior pastor, Mountain View Church, Marietta, Georgia

"Bill brings the catalytic combination of inspiration and know-how to disciple making in the local church. I know of no one who can serve the church better in her call to obey the Great Commission than Bill Hull."--Sandy Mason, church planter and senior pastor, Desert View Bible Church, Phoenix, Arizona

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801066214
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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 Long Beach, California.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 9

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

Notes 265

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