5 Ways to Jumpstart Disciple-making in Your Church

Transforming Your Church’s Disciple-Making Culture

by Jake Dukes

The truth is…

You work hard to get people to put Truth into action.

You enjoy seeing people grow in their faith through your church body.

This won’t happen unless true discipleship is taking place at your church.

Here are 5 Ways to Jumpstart Disciple-making in your church.


  • Clarify basic assumptions and terms
  • Include a diversity of leadership gifts
  • Ephesians 4 model
  • Encourage active ministry training
  • Train these leaders to equip others

Non-discipleship costs abiding peace, a life penetrated throughout by love, faith that sees everything in the light of God’s overriding governance for good, hopefulness that stands firm in the most discouraging of circumstances, power to do what is right and withstand the forces of evil. In short, it costs exactly that abundance of life Jesus said he came to bring (John 10:10).



  • Give people the freedom to explore different gifts
  • Be open to new experiences of God’s Spirit
  • Read Jack Deere for a biblical perspective on all the gifts being available for today
  • Spend time listening for God to speak

People are hungry to learn the ways of the Spirit …

What is God saying to your church?


  • I do, you watch
  • I do, you help
  • You do, I help
  • You do, I watch

Remember to utilize the 222 Principle

2 Spiritual Directors – The Holy Spirit and a person of great spiritual maturity—a proven disciple-maker.

2 Spiritual Friends – People that are on your spiritual maturity and fruitfulness level. Someone you can be open with, vulnerable with.

2 Spiritual Apprentices – This includes a new believer who needs follow-up, and a non-believer that you want to see come to faith in Christ.


  • Decide what type of group you want to start
  • Host a group gathering
  • Launch starter groups
  • Provide group leader training
  • Develop a strategy for group success

Jesus did not leave behind a book, a creed, a system of thought or a rule of life, but a visible community.

Are you becoming more gentle? More tolerant? More gracious with people around you? More kind? Follow Jesus. He’ll give you what you need. He’s a wonderful counselor.

—Tim Keller


  • Disciple Making starts with culture
  • Disciple Making requires process thinking
  • Disciple Making must begin with your core leadership
  • Disciple Making should be the dominant ministry philosophy
  • Disciple Making requires going all in

Wish there was a dramatic improvement in disciple-making in your church?

Wish you could experience the joy of seeing more people grow in their faith as they attend your church?

Wish your church was actually making progress in disciple-making?

Planning and implementing an effective discipleship system at your church seems like a daunting task, doesn’t it?

It feels stressful.

And what if we put in all this time and effort, but what we’ve planned isn’t—effective?

That’s why I worked with Rocket to create Building a Disciple-Making Culture.

Because like you, we want to see the people at your church grow spiritually.


The goal of this product is …

For you to have confidence about creating disciples in your church.

It is a fully resourced program with coaching videos and downloadable workbooks. Below is what you and your team will experience when you’re enrolled.

Want to know more about Building a Disciple-Making Culture? Click here to hear from me personally on why this will work for your church.