This blog, which we call the Training Resources Page, is dedicated to putting resources in your hands that will make you more effective as a disciple-maker. A number of our posts have been true resources, like this disciple-making lesson or this Old Testament timeline, or even this chart of Elizabethan and modern pronouns, which teaches us a centuries-old way of saying, “y’all.” More often than not, though, our posts fit under the heading of “guidance” or “perspective” rather than “resources.” Today we venture into the guidance and perspective realm so you can see a connection that may not have been apparent before.
The rallying cry of the disciple-maker is the Great Commission:
Matthew 28:19,20 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all I have commanded you.
Jesus told His followers that, as they go, they should baptize, which represents winning converts, and teach others to obey His commandments, which represents the new converts’ spiritual growth. Both of these sub-folders in the call to make disciples require influence and impact in people’s lives. To influence and impact someone is to lead that person. Thus, disciple-making is a form of leadership.
Sound, biblical principles of leadership will make you more effective as a disciple-maker. Leaders are engaged; so are disciple-makers. Leaders are others-oriented and sacrificial; so are disciple-makers. Leaders help people see a vision greater than the present; so do disciple-makers. Leaders value teamwork and appreciate complementary gifts; so do disciple-makers. Viewing the Scripture through this lens, we start to recognize overlap between biblical exhortations to lead and to make disciples. This overlap appears beautifully in such passages as Paul’s exhortation to Timothy:
2 Timothy 2:2 What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
Question for you: what characteristics of great leaders do you also see in great disciple-makers? Leave us a comment below.
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