The Necessity of a Disciple Making Culture

by Lee Buford on May 27, 2010

Is it just me, or is the subject of disciple-making becoming more of a genuine focus for our churches, pastors, and Christian leaders?

The command to make disciples is at the very heart of Who our Lord and Savior is…and what He expects from each of us:

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  – Matthew 28:19 – ESV

Scott Thomas, via Twitter, shared an excellent post from the Acts 29 blog written by Jeff Vanderstelt: The Mission of Disciple Making. Vanderstelt provides some great ideas and thoughts on making disciples, both formally and informally, and I highly recommend you take a few minutes to read the post.

The following is an excerpt I found particularly relevant and challenging to those of us in churches today…especially newer churches which are laying the foundations of truths and practices on which they will stand in the years to come:

God commanded through Moses (Deuteronomy 6) and Jesus commanded the disciples (Matt. 28:18-20) to develop a disciple-making culture where all of life becomes the platform for disciple-making.

 Six questions to determine if you have a disciple-making culture:

• Are the few doing the ministry for the many? Or are the few equipping the many for the ministry?
• Do we spend the majority of our time equipping, training and developing leaders?
• Is it apparent that every member is to be a full-time minister in your church?
• Do new believers get called and sent into the mission upon conversion?
• Do you celebrate those who leave to start new works?
• Is there shared leadership within the local body?
• Do you intentionally create vacuums for other leaders to fill?


Much of the success or failure we will experience in the area of disciple making hinges on our ability to create and foster a culture which values and models its importance. As with any type of organizational or community vision, a culture that places extreme value and importance on disciple making must be initiated and modeled from the top down.

It must be genuine. It must be consistent. And it must be non-negotiable.

To this we are called!


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