Strengthening Churches

 

For decades, the primary measurement of the effectiveness of the local church in America was attendance. Now there is a much greater concern not only for “church growth” but also for “church health.”

A part of the mission of the Missionary Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ and to empower them to make disciples of others.

We believe that healthy churches are committed to making disciples who make disciples. Jesus is the model for helping us understand how to do this. The Missionary Church is committed to providing training, assessments and coaching to help churches become Great Commission healthy.

Current coaching resources are listed at the right. More are being developed.

For information, contact Dan Riemenschneider at (317) 448-8568 or danremo@mcusa.org.

More about us

We are in the process of collecting “best practices” from local churches on what they are doing in the various areas of being a healthy, disciplemaking movement in their community.  As these stories are collected we will post them here under various headings.  To get an idea of the areas we are interested in take a look at this document:

SLC Best Practices

If you have a story you would like to share please contact Dan Riemenschneider at danremo@mcusa.org or 317.448.8568.

Connecting…
Connecting People to God

Discipleship “Engines”

In the book, Simple Church, Thom Rainer described a process to get back on mission with what God has called the church to be. The four words he used for this process can be applied to the disciplemaking process as well:

Clarity. To “make disciples” we have to understand what one looks like. 1 John 2:6 tells us to “walk as Jesus walked.” Clarity is defining what a disciple needs to know (Head), the attitudes of a disciple (Heart), and what a disciple is to do (Hands).Ultimately it is obeying everything Jesus commanded.

Movement. As we work with people in the church we will find four groups: pre-Christians (those who have not accepted Jesus yet), new believers, growing believers and multipliers (able to make disciples who make disciples). Our goal is to move everyone towards obeying Jesus to be a multiplier. Movement is defining the linkages to help people mature to become a multiplier.

Alignment. Often, church programs are a confusing collection of differing visions, purposes, and values. The result is often stunted growth as momentum is lost moving from one program to another. Alignment is ensuring that everything done in and through the church is designed to help make disciples and move people towards being a multiplier.

Focus. There are many seminars and books available to pastors all calling for the church to use their program or approach. When clarity, movement and alignment are present the challenge is to say no to those programs and approaches that do not help the church move forward. Focus helps the church stay on mission.


Take a look at this document for resources for helping you create a discipling culture:

Creating a Discipleship Engine | Summary of three books that describe possible Discipleship Engines

Building a Discipling Culture.  Mike Breen & Steve Cockram 

Real-Life Discipleship.  Jim Putman 

T4T (Training for Trainers).  Steve Smith & Ying Kai

Colonial Woods Missionary Church recently created a description of a discipled person that you may find helpful.  It is called Eight Characteristics of a Changed Life.  


Additional Resources:

You may download any of these files for your use in your own church or for coaching other churches.

Connecting with God: a Bible Study and Prayer tool.

Moving towards Clarity | a study on what Jesus said about being a disciple

Being a Disciple Bible Study—Participant Guide

Being a Disciple Bible Study—Answer Guide

Handout: Who God Is

Handout: Dying to Self

Living Out Our Faith  | 30 Key Areas for our Christian Walk

Stories of Hope

Pastor Cluster Check Up Questions | can help understand what goes into creating a discipling environment

Critical Components of a Disciple Making Missional Community

Encouragement Questions based on Connecting to God, to each other and to the community…

Discipleship Report (World Partners)


Discipleship Video:

Steve Jones, Missionary Church, Inc President developed a video to help explain the way Jesus made disciples.  This video provides principles to help us make disciples who make disciples.  Find the video here:

Discipleship “Funnel” Video

You may download any of these files for your use in your own church or for coaching other churches.

What is a Servant Leader?

Five Tests to Measure Leadership Readiness by Daniel Brown

An excellent resource for developing and multiplying leaders is Tony Dungy’s book
The Mentor Leader from Tyndale Publishing.  Here are the chapters:

  1. The Mandate of a Mentor Leader: focus on significance
  2. The Mind-Set of a Mentor Leader: “It’s not about me.”
  3. The Maturity of a Mentor Leader: a look within
  4. The Marks of a Mentor Leader: characteristics that matter
  5. The Moments of a Mentor Leader: influence and impact
  6. The Model of a Mentor Leader: living the message
  7. The Means of a Mentor Leader: maximizing team performance
  8. The Methods of a Mentor Leader: The Seven E’s of enhancing potential
  9. The Measure of a Mentor Leader: building other lives of impact

Evaluating Church Readiness for Change

You may download any of these files for your use in your own church or for coaching other churches.

District Plan for E3 Groups

Coaching for Background Information

Basic Coaching Principles

Some churches use Natural Church Development to see where they are as a church.  Below is some information to help you take advantage of this resource.

Natural Church Development Survey Instructions

Natural Church Development Characteristics

Another excellent resource for seeing where you are as a church is the assessment from Transformational Churches.  Along with the assessment there is a book and a DVD to help a church leadership team work through the process.

Check out this resource at www.transformationalchurch.com