There is a lot of things I enjoy about this guide in building an effective discipleship plan and culture. Here are some notes, quotes and thoughts from the book. Stressful quadrant. Discouraged culture. Boring quadrant.

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There is a lot of things I enjoy about this guide in building an effective discipleship plan and culture. Here are some notes, quotes and thoughts from the book.

Stressful quadrant. Discouraged culture. Boring quadrant. Apathetic culture. Chaplaincy quadrant. Cozy culture. Discipling quadrant. Passing on information is fine, but it is difficult to translate that information into practice.

Take, for example, the often used example of learning to ride a bicycle: you could read a book on it and still not be able to ride a bike. For this reason, Breen thinks learning information needs to be coupled with apprenticeship. Someone invests their time, energy, skills and life into ours, teaching us to do what they do. We also learn through immersion, where we are immersed in a context where something is used or some skill is practiced.

We learn from merely being in that environment. The research has shown us, according to Breen, that people learn best when there is an interplay of the three types of learning. I find this to be true, at least from my own experience it has been true. How is it different than a small group?

Why do Huddles work? Your first Huddles. After your first Huddles. Teaching mission in Huddles. Not our attendance or budget or buildings. In fact, in all of the Gospels he mentions the church only two times. The other time? To say that he will build his church. Our job, our only job and the last instructions he gave us, was to make disciples.

Teaching is incredibly important. Theology is incredibly important. Doctrine is incredibly important. Teaching and theology were ways of describing reality, and then he showed his disciples how to live in that reality. Good leaders always define their own reality.

No one else can build a discipling culture for you—it must begin in your own life and then overflow into the lives of those you lead. We need to externalize the things that have been going on internally. Prayer was as fundamental an element in the life of Jesus as breathing. Many Christian leaders fall into the trap of being so ministry-focused that they spend too little time enjoying God.

Sermon preparation takes the place of delighting in his presence. Prayer is something done mainly for the benefit of others, and the familiarity of worship may not necessarily breed contempt but indifference.


Building a Discipling Culture

But perhaps the thing we are most excited about is the re-written and newly released 2nd edition of Building a Discipling Culture via ebooks. One of the things we found when we released the first edition of this book is that people were absolutely enamored by the discipling language and proces we discuss in the book and this discipling vehicle we call Huddle. This released 2nd edition answers those questions in a very practical and helpful way. So, ladies and gentlemen, we hope you enjoy it!


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The book is clearly written for pastors, so I am not the target audience. Other than that, the one sentence paragraphs and grammatical errors distracted me from the main ideas and geometric concepts of the book. I think some of the principles may translate to real life, but there are so many other nuances and hurdles when dealing with real people and real problems. They allege that many churches have their priorities reversed, focusing on building churches while neglecting to make disciples. They propose an alternative model that Jesus Himself espoused, claiming that If you make disciples, you always get the church.


Building A Discipling Culture

Pinterest0 New Material in the 3rd Edition of Building a Discipling Culture An updated introduction that explains the importance of the context of Family on Mission in Building a Discipling Culture The Five Capitals: thinking about how we pour ourselves into others and into mission. As our culture becomes more post-Christian with each passing day, we are all realizing that what has worked in the past is no longer working, that we are far less effective for the Kingdom than we were even 10 years ago. The people sitting in our pews are rarely becoming like the people we read about in Scripture. We have a discipleship problem. If we make disciples like Jesus made them, well never have a problem finding leaders or seeing new people coming to faith. The central issue is that we have no idea how to make disciples who can do the things that Jesus did for the reasons Jesus did them. Building a Discipling Culture is the product of more than 25 years of hands-on discipleship practice in a post-Christian context that has turned into a worldwide discipling movement, dealing specifically with how to make the types of missional disciples Jesus spoke of.


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