192: Why Intentional Disciple-Making = Real Church Growth

Much of the Church today seems to be operating with a “functional Great Commission”: Go into all the world and make more worship attenders, baptizing them in the name of small groups, and teaching them to volunteer a few times a month.

This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we talk with author and sought-after consultant, Will Mancini, about why intentional disciple-making = real church growth.

More than we’d like to admit, so much of our default strategy for seeing people come to faith in Jesus begins and ends with pumping people through our priority programs. It’s the classic attractional mindset.

In This Episode You’ll Learn:

  • Why the Church has slipped into a functional, versus original, Great Commission mindset.
  • How your language will reveal what’s most important to you as a church.
  • The 3 types of Christian churches we’ll experience in the next 20 years.
  • Why programs don’t attract people; people attract people.

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intentional disciple making real church growth

From this episode:

“The dirty little secret among so many pastors is that we are really good at faking disciples rather than making disciples. The quantity and quality of our programs—and our sheer busyness keeping it all going—distract us from the truth.”


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Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

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