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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.
This work comes out of a contention that the church today is in trouble from having lost its direction. That directive neglected by the leaders in refusing to enforce the commission of Jesus placed upon the church. "I maintain that the evangelical church is weak, self-indulgent, and superficial, has been thoroughly disciple by culture (23)." It is job of the church to make disciples and the pastor's job to train the church. Based upon polling statistics, Hull contends that small percentages of Christians have participated in formal discipleship training. An even smaller percent has led another person to Christ. This book, said Hull, is for pastors who desire to build healthy and effective churches. He admits that the disciple-making pastor is not a popular way of growing ministries today, nor will it produce mega-churches and the process may take several years before seeing significant results. The anticipated results will produce a health church and honor God
The book begins by stating the there is a need for pastor to have a philosophical base for implementing disciple making in their churches. The process will not be an easy one for the pastor because the church's commitment to the demands of culture. Hull also contends that many pastors have not had disciple making training and /or the wrong notion of discipleship. Next, the book deals with conflicts of making disciples: the world setting the agenda for the church; dull life of constant Bible studies, door to door preaching and no wholesome fun. Hull contends that there are pastors who are pastored by people who do not know God; the church is apathetic of the Great Commission; and the leadership not taking its professional role. In addition, the church's decision-making body is not spiritual; culture dictating the belief structure of the church; traditionalism, which Hull distinguishes from tradition; and seminary training not an adequate tool for training pastors to become disciple makers. The following section deals with what the Bible says about disciple making, and that is, being an obedient body. He continues by presenting the disciples profile then coins the statement "disciples are born to be made." The next part states the biblical role of the pastor and prescribes some misconceptions. He introduces the pastor's role as a coach who shows, does and deploys the church. The fifth section introduces three distinctive of the disciple-making pastor: he understands the big picture; commitment to his calling; and the practice of his gifts. The next two sections discuss the pastor's commitment and his practices. The overarching commitment should be placing disciple making at the forefront of the church agenda. The pastor's practices, Hull incorporates the term the "doctrine of selectivity "which he suggests is the pastor's greatest challenge. The selection process must be biblical. Before the book's final section, that is a personal and practical guide, and application of the principle from the preceding sections for the pastor disciple-maker. However, he goes to great length to explain the pastor/coach position who tells them what, tells them
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