What is a Disciple Making Movement?
Disciple-making-movement is RTL’s primary goal and strategy to reach the lost in the whole world. It is built on the example of Jesus in the Gospels. We walk in genuine love and compassion, we share & demonstrate the Gospel and we invite people to lay down their live to follow Christ as his disciple.
We walk at the side of the new disciples, we train, we teach and equip them to do the same with others. Through that new fellowships are created and together they are walking out to be obedient to everything that Jesus Christ commanded us to do.
We read God’s Word, obey, and share it with others. Then we invite, encourage, and train them to do the same. That is the discipleship process.
Following Christ’s instructions in Matthew 10, we go where He has already made a way, pursuing only those conversations where the person is truly interested in the Gospel. Depending on the area where we go, we present the gospel more publicly or more in private. Depending on the situation and the place, we reach out in a community through different “compassion – methods” and demonstrate the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ. We rely on the Holy Spirit to bring us to the “person of peace” in each area – one who is open to Christ, who is welcoming, who can influence others.
If such a person cannot be found in a given community, we move on — the implication is that the Holy Spirit has not yet prepared those hearts: “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.” (Matthew 10:14). This strategy avoids a needless waste of time and resources, and follows a clearly laid out biblical model.
All begins with a disciple that goes to obey Christ.
This short video illustrates the process.
Disciple Maker Responsibilities
The core disciple makers are responsible for advancing and sustaining a present-day movement of God. The strategic objective of disciple makers is to establish self-replicating communities of believers who are being transformed into christlike disciples, who obey Him out of love and in response to His commands to make christlike disciples who obey and bear much fruit (John 15:8).
Core disciple makers train, coach, and mentor volunteer disciple makers and church workers to launch and sustain ever-expanding chain reactions of disciple-making disciples who transform their communities and go out into other communities to repeat the process without dependence on outside elements.
- Community Outreach: Identify target communities by discovering an unmet need that can be addressed, as a way to gain legitimate access to share God’s Word among.
- Prayer Mobilization: Enlist a number of intercessors to undergird every aspect of the evangelism/disciple-making/church-planting process.
- Training and Coaching: Conduct ongoing disciple-making training and coaching within local communities, to recruit and equip a continual and ever-expanding stream of self- replicating disciples.
- Mentoring: Mentor volunteer disciple makers throughout their own network to encourage, prevent, or correct doctrinal drift, upgrade the skills of network disciple makers, enable and sustain the momentum of reproduction, and ensure that those on the outer reaches of the far-flung movement feel they are part of a greater team.
- Compassion Ministry: Carry out acts of service to meet significant human needs as a tangible expression of God’s care and concern for hurting people, and as a means of identifying “Persons of Peace” within communities.
- Leadership Development: Grow and nurture a never-ending stream of nonprofessional volunteer disciple makers by training, coaching, and mentoring them “on-the-job” and in their natural setting.
- Reporting and Documentation: Collect, compile, and regularly report comprehensive and accurate field data (successes and failures) in order to verify results, inform and coach on course corrections, shape future strategies, and celebrate what God has done.
- Resource Provision: Equip volunteer disciple makers with Scriptures in heart languages, cell phones, and materials needed for discipling and compassion ministries to support them in effective disciple making and fruitful church planting.
We at RTL understand that discipleship is absolutely based on relationship. We understand that every person is different and has different needs. We apply different principles and try to stay adaptable to the different conditions. We rely on the Holy Spirit to work efficiently. Also we are conscious that we are in a ongoing learning process. The following is one good model to live the discipleship process.
Our goal is to guide the disciples in complete dependency of God and complete obedience to Jesus Christ.
We believe, We love, We obey!
Execution of the DMM Process in a Community
- Enter a Community
RTL core disciple makers try to enter a community through an avenue that gives them a legitimate reason to be “natural” within that community. This often takes place through acts of compassion or service in meeting a fundamental needs of some of the community’s residents (e.g., runaway/homeless girls, drug addicts, prostitutes). Compassion ministry provides a base of relationships from which to initiate conversations to share God’s Word and lead to Christ people who will love and obey Him as self-replicating disciples.
The purpose of compassionate service is twofold. The first part is to demonstrate that loving God means loving your neighbour, and the second is to develop a base of relationships as a precursor to finding Persons of Peace.
- Find a Person of Peace
The concept of the Person of Peace comes from Luke 10:6 where Jesus instructs His followers to go into surrounding villages and look for “someone of peace.” The key characteristics of this person (man or woman) are that he/she is spiritually open and has influence in the community to become the natural bridge into various networks within the community.
- Form and Coach the First DBS Group
If it is possible we begin a new group with all the “spiritual open” people and begin a DBS “Discovery Bibel Study”. As soon as it stands out and the people are decided we baptize them and keep on discipeling them.
The first Discovery Bible Study (DBS) group ideally is formed among the friends and family members of the Person of Peace. The purpose of this group is for spiritually open people to discover together God’s will revealed in the Bible, and to help each other to immediately obey what God commands us to do.
The process is simple. The key is not to teach from the Bible but to allow the group to discover and respond together so they will learn to listen to the Holy Spirit and grow together. The objective is to form obedient disciples of Jesus Christ and not merely converts.
The group examines a story or passage from God’s Word and responds to four fundamental questions:
- What we learn about God?
- What we learn about man?
- If this is true, what will I change in my life?
- With whom will I share this? (This step lays the foundation for the replication steps outlined below.)
As soon as possible, the DBS process is facilitated by an “inside leader” who naturally emerges from within the group. This volunteer DBS leader may or may not be the Person of Peace. Since the goal is to catalyze a chain reaction of simple, reproducible, and locally-led DBS groups that flow through natural social networks, it is imperative that the leadership comes from within at the outset. The training of the volunteer DBS leader is not an end in itself; it is a precursor to an ongoing coaching and mentoring relationship between the core disciple maker and those who apply the training they have received.
We do want to adapt to the conditions that are present at this place and with the persons live.
Always we are working with a inductive Bible study so that the people can discover for themselves what the Word of God says. We are conscious that we want to create a clear and simple DNA-cell (Foundation) into every disciple from the very beginning on. Everything that a disciple learns in the first months of his spiritual life will stay with him. So we are absolutely focused on keeping the process simple and clean. Everything that is complicated will not multiply.
- Coach the Process of Forming a First Church
A church is a body of believers who worship, care for one another, serve others, alleviate suffering with compassion, integrate sacrificial giving in their lifestyle, etc.
The embryonic elements (DNA) of what will eventually grow into a church are planted in a discipelship group from the very beginning. As a discipleship group matures, the volunteer Group leader begins to guide its members in the process of discovering together what a self-replicating and disciple-making church is, and how they can become one.
- Coach the Process of Forming More Generations of Self-Replicating Churches
Once an church has been formed and the replication process begins to take off, the core disciple maker coaches the volunteer group leader in repeating the process he/she experienced: prayer, compassionate service, finding Persons of Peace, forming new discipleship groups, and convening to share best practices as well as shape the ongoing development of the Disciple-Making-Movement process.
When the level of commitment and spiritual fruit of a volunteer group leader requires full-time investment in DMM, he/she potentially may be invited to join the RTL staff as a disciple maker to help form succeeding generations of self-replicating and self-sustaining simple-churches.
A “movement” is something that can ripple from generation to generation; to succeed, it cannot be complicated. The inductive bible study is the engine that drives DMM, which can turn into a movement.
The DMM process leads ordinary people in discovering God through the Scriptures and in obeying His Word. Through DMM, each person is encouraged to obey His will, and enabled to encourage friends and family to do the same.
This approach is part of an evangelism/disciple-making/church-planting system that flows from initial contact with nonbelievers all the way through to the launching of succeeding generations of self-replicating churches. This is the foundation upon which Disciple Making Movements are built.
The synergy of the interdependent elements of DMM’s evangelism/disciple-making/church-planting system catalyzes these elements to work together and support each other. Each element is essential but none are expressed in isolation or in a traditional way. Taken individually, a given element may have a positive influence, but it is the synergy of all these elements working together that creates the desired long-term impact.