Disciple-Making Church

What does it take to become a disciple-making church?  Dr. Thom Rainer's research shows these common traits:

  • The church has an entry point class that all new members attend
  • Members are expected to attend an open group Bible study
  • Members are expected to be involved in one or more deeper studies throughout the year
  • Members are expected to attend a corporate worship service each week
  • Members are expected to be involved in at least one ministry or mission activity a year
  • Members are expected to read and study the Bible daily

Rainer says,

It is not unusual to hear objections when we present this research.“If I led my church to have these high expectations of members,” the argument goes, “we would have a mass exodus.” But our research shows just the opposite. Higher expectations get more positive behavioral patterns. People want to be a part of something that makes a difference.