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Strategic Disciple Making: A Practical Tool for Successful Ministry
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Strategic Disciple Making: A Practical Tool for Successful Ministry


Baker 2009

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You can make a positive difference in your church. Everyone wants to go to a church with programs that have a positive impact on their lives—programs designed with them in mind. It may come as a surprise in our me-centered culture, but the church does not exist to meet our needs as churchgoers. Instead, we each need to grow as disciples.

Many understand discipleship as a one-on-one relationship with a mentor that takes place with a select few in the church. However, Jesus’s mandate in Matthew 28:19–20 is that the church make disciples of all its people, not just a select few. In Strategic Disciple Making, veteran church consultant Aubrey Malphurs teaches churches a process that implements the biblical teaching on discipleship in a simple but practical way as the centerpiece of their ministries.

If you’re tired of business as usual at your church and want to make a positive difference, take the plunge into genuine discipleship with a preeminent teacher on the subject.

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Key Features

  • Defines discipleship for a church setting
  • Encourages church leaders to mentor others
  • Offers ways to implement disciple-making programs into the church


  • The Preparation for Making Mature Disciples
    • What Are We Supposed to Be Doing? The Church’s Mission
    • How Are We Doing? The Current State of Disciple Making
    • What Are We Talking About? The Definition of Disciple Making
    • Whose Job Is It? The Responsibility for Making Disciples
    • How Did Jesus Make Disciples? Biblical Disciple Making, Part 1
    • How Did the Church Make Disciples? Biblical Disciple Making, Part 2
  • The Process for Making Mature Disciples
    • How Would We Know a Mature Disciple If We Saw One? The Characteristics of a Mature Disciple
    • How Do Churches Make Mature Disciples? The Church’s Ministries for Discipleship
    • Are You Making Disciples? Measuring Mature Disciples
    • How to Recruit the Right Staff Staffing for the Development of Mature Disciples
    • How to Prepare a Strategic Budget Budgeting for the Development of Mature Disciples

Praise for the Print Edition

Aubrey Malphurs blows away the fog of misunderstanding that surrounds disciple making in the church. His clear analysis of what a disciple is, and how a church can make one, is a welcome addition to the literature on this topic.

Gary L. McIntosh, professor of Christian ministry and leadership, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

In Strategic Disciple Making, Aubrey Malphurs has done it again. He provides us with a concise yet comprehensive examination of this vital component of building believers. Strategic Disciple Making is a must-read.

Steve Stroope, lead pastor, Lake Pointe Church

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About Aubrey Malphurs

Aubrey Malphurs (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is senior professor of pastoral ministries and leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary and president of the Malphurs Group. He engages in church consulting and training, and is the author of more than 20 ministry books, including Doing Church: A Biblical Guide for Leading Ministries through Change.