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It's one thing to talk about a discipleship culture. It's another thing to implement. In this post, we will discuss how to implement a discipleship culture in your church.

Key Points:

  • There are ways to roll out a new discipleship culture mentality, and there are ways not to do it.
  • One way not to do it is not to force it on your congregation. Truth must be explained in ways that people can actually receive it.
  • Train up a “first wave” of disciple-makers. This could include key leaders and those who are very invested in the idea of disciple-making. It’s wise to cast a wide net by inviting lots of different people.
  • To train up people, consider a workshop format or take a handful of people in a small group format through the Pursuit
  • When your first wave is trained, pray with them and encourage them to begin discipling others using the simple tools at
  • If you have a large enough pool of mentors and the idea is getting traction, you should then begin making mentoring a part of your broader public ministry, speaking about mentoring from the pulpit, etc.
  • Don’t preach mentoring. Slowly roll it out one wave at a time.

Quote This:

Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

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Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the discipleship culture at your church? How interested are you in a change?
  3. Who are some of the “catalysts” who can help to create a discipleship culture in your church? Why do these people stand out to you?
  4. Are you willing to buy into the system at What are the things you’re most excited about? What are the things you’re most concerned about?
  5. Why is it important not to “put the horse before the cart” when it comes to talking about a mentoring culture from the pulpit?
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.