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Often, parachurch ministries don't want to "step on the toes" of local churches when it comes to making disciples. But is this mindset missing something?

Key Points:

  • It’s true that parachurch ministries don’t take the place of the local church. But the Great Commission applies to everyone, not just local churches.
  • Parachurch ministries should make as many disciples as possible. So often, local churches don’t have a huge focus on evangelism, anyway. If your ministry can make disciples who make disciples and do the work of evangelism effectively, you should. This will only bless the local church.

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. Read Matthew 28:18-20. Who do you think the Great Commission applies to?
  3. What is the role of your parachurch ministry?
  4. What connections does your parachurch ministry have with local churches? Have you had positive, negative, or other interactions with churches?
  5. How could a parachurch ministry taking up the cause of making disciple-makers be a blessing to local churches?
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.