Create A Disciple-Making Culture

Date April 23, 2015

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Editor’s Note: From our good friends at Man in the Mirror, this excellent article may help you with your discipleship efforts.

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This month we bring you a special message from Man in the Mirror’s Founder and Co-CEO, Patrick Morley, President and Co-CEO, David Delk, and Vice President, Brett Clemmer.

There are many churches across the country who have mildly effective programs and events for men. But there are only a few where the majority of men are in discipling relationships (the regular study of God’s Word and authentic relationships with other men). What is the one thing that makes the most difference? Having a disciple-making culture.

We all know that what God really wants is churches who make disciples. This is why we describe our work as helping churches create an environment where the Holy Spirit inspires men to engage in life-on-life discipleship. Yet we can talk about the importance of men’s discipleship until we are blue in the face, but without a disciple-making culture we’ll never get any real traction.

We see this with striking clarity in the field — churches with great momentum because they already have a disciple-making culture, compared to churches that even with great men’s leaders can’t keep the momentum going because the church in general does not have a disciple-making culture that supports their work.

One leader asked, “Since many/most churches would say they are creating such a culture, what would you define as the tangible characteristics of a church that truly is creating a disciple-making culture?”

Good point and a great question. How can you create a disciple-making culture? The best answer we’ve seen is to continuously highlight the discipleship nature of your activities and the discipling relationships that are making a difference in men’s lives. Communicate through testimonies, emails, videos, and announcements that God is at work because people in our church care enough to help other people grow in Jesus.

To tell this story well, you’ll need to have nailed down the answers to three simple questions: What is a disciple? What is discipleship? And what is a disciple-maker?

First, create a clear understanding about the “end product” you are trying to produce. In other words, what is a disciple? A disciple is someone “called” to live in Christ (salvation, abide), “equipped” to live like Christ (spiritual formation and growth), and “sent” to live for Christ (neighbor love, bear fruit).

These three tangible results will be happening all the time in a disciple-making culture: men (and women and children) will regularly be coming to Jesus by faith (calling), growing in their faith (equipping), and serving the Lord through love and deeds, especially in discipling others (sending). We like this three-part definition because it is first and foremost biblical (2 Timothy 3:14ff). And secondly, because it is also actionable. In other words, you can build ministry initiatives around it, and you can measure progress. People in discipling relationships can know that these are the priorities they should be focused on.

Second, create a clear picture of the “process” by which disciples are made. In other words, what is discipleship? Discipleship is not a “program,” although discipleship curricula can be part of the process. Here’s a better way to think of it-a more organic way, similar to the process Jesus used. When God puts someone in your path who is stuck, discipleship means finding out why and then helping them solve that problem.

What are those problems? Here are the seven top reasons men will feel they are stuck from my book Man Alive: “I feel like I am in this alone, I don’t feel like God cares about me personally, my life has no purpose, I have destructive behaviors that keep dragging me down, my soul feels dry, my most important relationships are not healthy, and I don’t feel like I’m doing anything that will leave the world a better place.” When a man walks into your church, it’s usually for one or more of these seven reasons.

Use testimonies to introduce people in your church who are helping others “get unstuck” and grow to be more like Christ. Use these true stories to highlight the process of discipleship in your church and to encourage more men to care enough about other men to enter into their lives. And that leads to the next point.

Third, create a disciple-making culture by raising up many “disciple-makers.” What do these disciple-makers look like? Let’s say a man walks through the front door of your church for the very first time with his wife and children. Imagine squads of men trained to mobilize and take action — men who have sat around a table and wrestled with the questions, “Why did he just do that? Why would a man visit our church? What is the problem he is trying to solve?” They understand what a big step it is for a man to walk through your door.

Those men are your disciple-makers. Disciple-makers are the ones who will take other men under their wings and show them the ropes — the spiritually mature men who will show the new guys how to become godly men, husbands, and fathers. They care, because someone once cared about them.

We also call these men allies, the men who really get your vision for discipleship and make it a priority in their lives. Instead of focusing on how many men come to events and activities, make it a point to identify and grow the number of allies willing to engage in life-on-life discipleship with other men. And encourage them to do this through all the ministries of the church, not just “men’s ministry.” The most important thing to do is to pray to the Lord of the harvest that he would raise up workers to disciple others.

In addition to prayer, God often creates a new ally when we give him a concrete step and ask him to connect with another man. For example, you may ask him to lead a short-term follow-up group for a few men after an event. Or you may equip him with an invitation business card and ask him to invite disconnected men from a church picnic to be part of the adult class he and his wife attend. These concrete directions give him a chance to step up and find out that God really can use him in the life of another man.

 

So how are you doing? Here are three questions that can help you assess the degree to which your church has a disciple-making culture:

*    Disciples:

Are we regularly calling, equipping, and sending people?

*    Discipleship:

When God brings us people who are stuck, do we have a process to find out why, and do we have people who are stepping up to help them solve their problems?

*    Disciple-Makers:

Are we consistently growing the number of men (and women for the women) who are intentionally making disciples who will, in turn, disciple others.

If you prayerfully implement good answers to these three questions, we believe God will give your church a disciple-making culture, for His glory.

Until every church disciples every man…

Patrick Morley, PhD

Founder & Co-CEO, Man in the Mirror

 

Pat’s mission is to help you become a disciple and disciple maker. See a complete overview of his resources for men at PatrickMorley.com. Subscribe to his blog, daily devotionals, and more. Find out how to study the Bible with Pat. Read his bio. Learn about his books and free e-books. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter. Listen to his radio program. Be sure to check out the resources for men’s discipleship leaders at maninthemirror.org.

 

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PS: Every church in America could use a local men’s discipleship expert to call on for help, advice and encouragement as they seek to disciple men. Could that be you? Or someone you know? Man in the Mirror is looking for men to be full-time, part-time or volunteer Area Directors and Field Representatives. Go online to watch a short video, read the job description and learn more about this opportunity.

 

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Coptic Solidarity Condemns ISIS Murder of Ethiopian Christians and Continued International Torpor

Date April 20, 2015

Coptic Martyrs 042015WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — A new video released by ISIS on April 19th, shows militants killing two separate groups of Ethiopian Christians for the crime of not paying the jizya tax. Coptic Solidarity condemns these monstrous murders in the strongest terms and urges the international community to urgently protect Christians and other minorities in the region and to defeat ISIS. Confirmation of the victims’ identities is awaited.
The video shows two different Islamic State affiliate groups who have each captured about 15 Ethiopian Christians. The spokesman explains how these Christians refused to pay the jizya tax, and the consequence is death. Other sources indicate that, in fact, the victims were impoverished immigrants who simply could not pay as demanded. Jizya is a tax mandated in Sharia law that non-Muslims must pay in order to be allowed to stay alive, having refused to convert, in an Islamic state. At that point, the video switches back and forth between scenes of the Christians wearing orange jump suits on the beach in Barqa being brutally beheaded with knives, and the other group of Christians in the desert area of Fezzan in southern Libya dressed in dark suits each being shot in the back of the head.

This latest ISIS video leaves no doubt regarding the motivation for martyring these Christians. The majority of the video is dedicated to explaining how Muslims are to treat non-Muslims. The video highlights the situation of Christians in Raqqa, Syria who accepted the terms of jizya and dhminnitude (life as 2nd class citizen) and so their lives and property were spared. In contrast, the Christians in Nineveh, Iraq refused the terms and faced death. Yet, the video claims in a hypocritical effort to show ‘mercy,’ they were instead exiled from their homes and had their property taken, as proscribed by the laws of Islam.

Coptic Solidarity calls upon the United States and other concerned countries to stop obfuscating and to acknowledge ISIS’ stated purpose of killing these individuals because they were Christians who did not want to deny their faith.

Coptic Solidarity emphasizes that life as a dhimmi under Islamic rule is infinitely worse than life for African slaves in America prior to the Civil war and for African Americans prior to the civil rights movement. Accepting life as a dhimmi rather than death means living the rest of your life without the most basic equality in every aspect from education, employment, judicial rights, religious freedom and more. The situation for women and girls under this rule is the most severe as they are forced to veil themselves, may not leave home unaccompanied by a male relative, and can be killed for dishonor should they have the misfortune of being raped or kidnapped.

Coptic Solidarity urges the UN Security Council to follow its mandate and immediately act in protection of the innocent and vulnerable groups in the region, rather than pursuing the mirage of a peaceful coexistence between murderous jihadis of the Islamic State and minority groups. Urgent action is necessary to both protect these minorities and defeat ISIS militarily. The UNSC must act before these barbarities continue spreading across the region and Libya turns into a springboard permitting attacks in near-by countries including Europe.  Particularly, Coptic Solidarity urges the UNSC, based on the MECHRIC memos of August 2014 and March 2015 to evacuate all communities under ISIS and Jihadi threat, including Ethiopians, Copts, and other Christians in Libya under Chapter 7 as soon as this is possible

Coptic Solidarity extends its deepest condolences to the friends and families of the deceased.

Coptic Solidarity is non-profit organization dedicated to leading efforts to achieve equal citizenship for the Copts in Egypt and minorities in Middle East

Transformed Episode #247: 12 Commands to Discover God’s Will For My Life! – Part 1

Date April 19, 2015

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Long ago, King David knew how difficult it was to discover and follow God’s will for his life. One of the key problems he faced, as do we, is the fact that wicked people often seem to do so much better in life than we do.

Welcome to the Transformed Podcast.

As we continue our three part series, Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, Director of Eagles In Leadership, continues to answer the “will of God” question by exploring the lyrics to one of King David’s hit worship songs.

Now let’s open our Bibles to Psalm 37 as we listen to Dr. Smith teach us, and his students at Bible Believers Christian College and Seminary in Hawthorne, California, on how to discover the will of God for our lives …

 

Would you like to help spread the word by sharing this message? Perhaps you would you consider sharing this message with a friend? God longs to release the captives of our culture into the freedom of faith. Thank you for your consideration!

Have you heard about Dr. Smith’s newest book? If you want to make an impact in your community, county, country or continent, Dr. Smith has written a new book to help you accomplish your dreams!

Gathering Missional Leaders is a guided study that explores the elements necessary to build the habitat that will attract a strong and vibrant coalition of men and women who want to reach their world in their generation!

Gathering Missional Leaders was born as a field manual, a how-to guide to see local churches become training centers where people can learn to “go and make disciples of all nations,” and build a climate in their church where the next generation of mission-minded Christians can come together and thrive.

You can order your copy Gathering Missional Leaders at the Eagles In Leadership website by clicking the appropriate link on the right hand side panel of the Eagles In Leadership website.

 

Today’s episode was recorded live in Hawthorne, California and edited by Ryan Longsworth in Los Angeles, California.

And now, until next time, we are praying you would be filled with the love of God so that you can demonstrate His love to the lost and dying in your city! God bless!

 

Mother’s Day Special — Hearts of Fire, $2

Date April 16, 2015

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“Either you marry or you die. If you are a Christian, then there is no place for you in this city. You will die here alone.”

These are the words Tara heard from her Muslim father after she was caught with a Bible. Her story is not unique among the women featured in Hearts of Fire. From a young Vietnamese girl who turned down freedom in order to share the gospel in her communist homeland, to an Australian missionary who spread the message of forgiveness and healing across India after her husband and sons were burned alive, these eight women overcame extreme adversity to emerge as Christian leaders in hostile and restricted nations around the world.

Order copies of “Hearts on Fire” for $2 each for Mother’s Day distribution from our friends at Voice of the Martyrs at this link.

Studying James 3:18!

Date April 14, 2015

 

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Welcome to the Transformed Podcast!

Dr. Matthew Smith, director of Eagles In Leadership, continues to teach verse by verse through the book of James, one verse per podcast. These studies were recorded live in his class at Bible Believers Christian College and Seminary in Hawthorne, California.

The book of James has been called, “the faith explained” and that is the purpose of these teachings. These short studies are designed to help you grow your faith.

Now, let’s open our Bibles to the book of James as Dr. Smith, Director of Eagles In Leadership, discusses our faith from the words of the step-brother of Jesus, the head of the Jerusalem Church …

 

 

This podcast was recorded in Hawthorne, California and edited by Ryne Longsworth.

Transformed Episode #246: How Do I Discover the Will of God?

Date April 12, 2015

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Probably one of the greatest questions in the Christian life is this one: “How Do I Discover the Will of God?”

Welcome to the Transformed Podcast.

In this three part series, Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, Director of Eagles In Leadership, begins to answer this life-changing question by taking us through 5 clear steps to hearing and seeing God’s direction for our lives.

As we begin this teaching, take a moment and pray this simple prayer for understanding with us: “Dear God, open my ears that I may hear Your voice and follow your words for my life, For the name and fame of Jesus my King, Amen.”

Now, let’s listen in as Dr. Smith teaches us, and his students at Bible Believers Christian College and Seminary in Hawthorne, California, how to discover the will of God for our lives …

 

Would you like to help spread the word by sharing this message? Perhaps you would you consider sharing this message with a friend? God longs to release the captives of our culture into the freedom of faith. Thank you for your consideration!

Have you heard about Dr. Smith’s newest book? If you want to make an impact in your community, county, country or continent, Dr. Smith has written a new book to help you accomplish your dreams!

Gathering Missional Leaders is a guided study that explores the elements necessary to build the habitat that will attract a strong and vibrant coalition of men and women who want to reach their world in their generation!

Gathering Missional Leaders was born as a field manual, a how-to guide to see local churches become training centers where people can learn to “go and make disciples of all nations,” and build a climate in their church where the next generation of mission-minded Christians can come together and thrive.

You can order your copy Gathering Missional Leaders at the Eagles In Leadership website by clicking the appropriate link on the right hand side panel of the Eagles In Leadership website.

 

Today’s episode was recorded live in Hawthorne, California and edited by Ryan Longsworth in Los Angeles, California.

And now, until next time, we are praying you would be filled with the love of God so that you can demonstrate His love to the lost and dying in your city! God bless!

 

249,843 Believers Have Asked for a Bible! Will you help?

Date April 9, 2015

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Join us as we partner with Voice of the Martyrs in providing 249,843 Bibles to our persecuted family members who have requested them. You can sponsor 5 Bibles for $30, 10 Bibles for $60, or 20 Bibles for $120. We will send you names of people who will receive sponsored Bibles so you can pray for them. If you want to sponsor Bibles in highly restricted areas, designate your gift for Bibles to Captive Nations. We cannot share believers’ names in these areas, so we will instead send you a prayer card reminding you to pray for Bible distributions in restricted areas.

Funds received in excess of 249,843 project goals will be used for Bibles to Captive Nations.

You can sponsor a Bible for a believer at this link.

Studying James 3:17!

Date April 7, 2015

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Welcome to the Transformed Podcast!

Dr. Matthew Smith, director of Eagles In Leadership, continues to teach verse by verse through the book of James, one verse per podcast. These studies were recorded live in his class at Bible Believers Christian College and Seminary in Hawthorne, California.

The book of James has been called, “the faith explained” and that is the purpose of these teachings. These short studies are designed to help you grow your faith.

Now, let’s open our Bibles to the book of James as Dr. Smith, Director of Eagles In Leadership, discusses our faith from the words of the step-brother of Jesus, the head of the Jerusalem Church …

 

 

This podcast was recorded in Hawthorne, California and edited by Ryne Longsworth.

Transformed Episode #245: Before He Takes Us to Heaven!

Date April 5, 2015

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This is our last episode in the series, “What is the Church?”

Today we seek to stir your imagination and motivate your mission by reminding you of the imminent return of our Lord and King, Jesus!

Welcome to the Transformed Podcast.

The Church of Jesus understands these are our “last days.”

The Imminent Return of Jesus will happen in our lifetime – either by His coming for His Bride, the Church, or by His coming for us in death.

Either way, our reunion with Jesus is imminent – and thus we are motivated to do all we can to make disciples before He calls us to our home in Heaven.

As we seek to prepare for you for your reunion with Jesus, let’s listen as Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, Director of Eagles In Leadership shares the answer one more time to our question for study, “What is the Church?”

 

 

Would you like to help spread the word by sharing this message? 

Perhaps you would you consider sharing this message with a friend? God longs to release the captives of our culture into the freedom of faith. Thank you for your consideration!

Have you heard about Dr. Smith’s newest book?

If you want to make an impact in your community, county, country or continent, Dr. Smith has written a new book to help you accomplish your dreams!

Gathering Missional Leaders is a guided study that explores the elements necessary to build the habitat that will attract a strong and vibrant coalition of men and women who want to reach their world in their generation!

Gathering Missional Leaders was born as a field manual, a how-to guide to see local churches become training centers where people can learn to “go and make disciples of all nations,” and build a climate in their church where the next generation of mission-minded Christians can come together and thrive.

You can order your copy Gathering Missional Leaders at the Eagles In Leadership website by clicking the appropriate link on the right hand side panel of the Eagles In Leadership website.

 

Today’s episode was recorded live in El Segundo, California and edited by Ryan Longsworth in Los Angeles, California.

And now, until next time, we are praying you would be filled with the love of God so that you can demonstrate His love to the lost and dying in your city! God bless!

‘Blood Moons Rising’ Author Robert Rite Offers Book for Free in Recognition of the 3rd Lunar Eclipse Which Occurs on Holy Feast Day   

Date April 3, 2015

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Christian author Robert Rite announces today that the updated digital version of his book “Blood Moons Rising – Unlocking the Mysteries of the Blood Moons of 2014 & 2015″ will be available free from 4/3/15 to 4/7/15 in recognition of the 3rd of 4 total lunar eclipses (blood moons) which occurs on Passover in the midst of the Good Friday and Easter weekend.

NORTH BERGEN, N.J., Apr. 3, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — In “Blood Moons Rising” Robert Rite warned that the 4 blood moons (total lunar eclipses) of 2014/2015 (referred to as a Tetrad) may be a sign of great turbulence ahead for mankind, especially since they all are occurring during High Holy feast days. In 2014 Robert stated that 2015 would be a pivotal year which encompasses several important heavenly and prophetic signs in addition to the blood moons; all converging within a very short span of time.Says Robert: “The third of four blood moons occurs on Passover 4/4/2015; and we have already witnessed an ominous increase in turmoil, throughout the world. Since the first blood moon in April of last year, an exceedingly violent terrorist army calling itself ISIS appeared seemingly from nowhere to raise havoc in Iraq and Syria – and to threaten the stability of the entire Middle East. In addition to ISIS, Iraq and Syria, we have also seen escalating friction and turmoil surrounding several nations including but not limited to: Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Gaza, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, etc. Most recently Saudi Arabia and Egypt are engaged in conflict with Yemen (backed by Iran) which could escalate into a very serious situation affecting not just the Middle East – but the stability of the entire world. In this updated book, I reveal all of the signs that make 2015 a pivotal year for mankind.”

Link to free ebook offer:
www.amazon.com/dp/B00JBTG7DK

Paperback version is available at:
www.createspace.com/5026117

Robert Rite is the author of several non-fiction bible based books, including “Signs in the Heavens,” “Revelation Mysteries Decoded,” and his most recent release “Apocalypse Countdown 2015 to 2021.”

Says Robert: “I have dedicated my publishing career to create bible based non-fiction books that establish a clear distinction between the fiction and the reality of the supernatural realm.”

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