Missional Disciple-making Movements featuring Ed Stetzer

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Ed Stetzer is Vice President of Research and Ministry Development for LifeWay Christian Resources. Ed has planted, revitalized and pastored churches and is known for training pastors. In this 27 minute session from the 2010 Verge Conference, Ed talks about creating a dicsiplemaking movement in your church.

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your ministry.

Read 1 Peter 4:9-11 and mediate on this passage. Think about Ed's 4 points from this passage:

1. All have gifts
2. God intends all to use
3. For which he empowers us
4. To bring God glory

Ed talks about disciplemaking in this session. What is your definition of a disciple? What is your church or ministries definition of a disciple?
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Ed questioned, "If everyone in your church is gifted, then why are half of the people in your church doing nothing?"

What do you think about this? Do you believe that as many as half of the people in your church or ministry are not exercising their gifts? Why is that? What can you do to change it?
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Ed stated several times that "When we do for people what God has called them to do, everybody gets hurts and the mission of God gets hindered."

Are you giving your people the permission and the platform to "do" the work of a disciple? If so, share some examples of how. If not, what can you do to change that?
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Ed concluded by saying "Disciples see what Jesus is doing and they join him in it. Is your church leading your people to join Jesus in his mission?"
Take some time to pray for your church and ministries disciple making efforts and what God would have you to do.

For information about the upcoming Verge conference, go to vergenetwork.org.