As a disciple maker "when are we successful" is one of the question we ask the leadership of the churches we work with. Another way of stating it is "What does a disciple look like in our context?"
This is a question that I've spent hours pondering. I've read through the Sermon on the Mount a thousand times. I've poured through the entire New Testament time and time again looking for the right metrics.
In a recent conversation with David Rhodes a fellow disciple maker it all came together for me in my context. From the vantage point of my own unique passion for simplicity, my context of working with pastors in the US and around the world, and my own unique community or faith tribe here's the metrics that came out of my conversation with David.
- Hears the voice of God and puts it into practice.
- Reflects the character of Jesus and is becoming like Jesus.
- Has a kingdom vision and is living with a sense of purpose.
- Is part of a larger redemptive community and extends it to others.
- Helps other do the same by reproducing themselves.
Pretty simple and it should be. What do you think? What's your metrics for success? What does a disciple look like in your ministry context? What makes your metrics unique?
David Putman is founder of PTG and a Lead Navigator for Auxano.