Growing Your Church Means Growing Disciples

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Todd's family and a handful of others started a church in their living rooms with no idea how much God would choose to build their little group. In about ten years' time, Watermark Church grew to multiple thousands coming in every Sunday. For this reason, other church leaders often ask Todd how to grow a church. Listen to his answer in this video.


About how many people attend your church, and how does this meet your expectations? Are you frustrated by your attendance numbers, and why is this important to you?
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Todd said that small minded leaders focus on programs and tips, but great leaders focus on values. What are your church's core values?
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How does your church live up to these values? What action of your church reflects what you truly value?
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Evaluate the effectiveness of your congregation at reproducing. How good are they at bringing more people into the church and sharing the faith? What can you do to encourage this kind of disciple making by your church members?
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Todd has made a convincing argument for the priority of disciple making in the local church. In this next video, he goes on to describe what a disciple looks like and how the church can help him or her along the journey of becoming more like Christ.


Referencing both the Greek and Latin words for "disciple," Todd said the word implies a learner and one takes something away from the one he follows. How do these two implications affect your own definition of discipleship? List two or three qualities that define a disciple maker.
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As a pastor or a church leader, what is your current involvement in the discipleship process? Are there any ways you could be involved more effectively?
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Write your church mission statement here. Are you satisfied with this mission statement's treatment or inclusion of discipleship? If not, how would you write it to include that emphasis?
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If your focus on getting people in the church is to boost your numbers, you will surely be unsatisfied with your results, whether your numbers increase or not. Focus on faithfulness, rather than figures of attendance. Todd summed the priority of discipleship well when he said, "Your goal is not to get people to come to church. Your goal is to get people to come to and follow Jesus."