The Mystery of Making Disciples
Over the past several years, I have wondered how people decide to follow Jesus. In other words, what prompts them to accept Jesus, and what can we do to guide people to him? In an effort to understand the mystery of making disciples, I attended seminars and devoured many books that focused on sharing the Good News with others. Many speakers and writers discussed the characteristics of unbelievers: who they are and what they believe. This was helpful to a degree, but I was often left with a feeling of inadequacy. After much soul searching and prayer, a revelation occurred to me—if I wanted to make disciples, I would need to work on myself!
Questions began forming in my mind. Were people who follow Jesus discipled by a certain person? If so, what was their relationship with that person? What characteristics did that person display that influenced people to follow Jesus? How long did the process take?
To answer these questions, I put my training in research and statistics to use and conducted a nationwide study. My goal was to discover how to be an intentional discipler. The results will be released in my upcoming book, Living Dangerously: Seven Keys to Intentional Discipleship. Some of the results are surprising. If you are looking for a resource that can better equip you to disciple others, this book will be a valuable tool. I will be revealing the results on this site in the near future. Stay tuned.