“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).
Disciple making is our one and only mission, as a church. This mission-based pursuit means that our measure of success is more and better disciples that are making more and better disciples. More and better disciples means have a growing pipeline, when it comes to disciples. A generic disciple-making pipeline consists of pre-disciples, new disciples, growing disciples, multiplying disciples, and catalyzing disciples. Therefore, a healthy pipeline means that we have a healthy number of disciples at every level, as described in the chart below.
The Disciple-Making Pipeline can be a good tool for assessing your overall effectiveness when in comes to making more and better disciples. A simple place to begin an assessment is by identifying the percentage of individuals that fall into each of these categories that attend your Sunday Morning Gathering. In a healthy disciple-making culture the results may look more like a normal bell curve.
The Disciple-Making Pipeline is one tool, among others, when it comes to assessing our overall health and effectiveness in the area of a disciple-making culture. Other areas that you will want to include in an assessment are culture, leadership, mindset, and strategy.
David Putman is the founder of Planting the Gospel and a Senior Lead Navigator with Auxano the category leader in vision clarity. When David isn't writing or consulting he enjoys staying fit and competing at Crossfit.