Intentional Disciple Making

Every church needs an intentional disciple making system.

The United Methodist Church’s mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Even though disciple making is at the heart of the church’s mission, most of our congregations don’t know how to intentionally do this. In fact, many of them struggle to even define what a disciple is. Yet, disciple making is the heart of Jesus’ Great Commission, the core of what we’re about.

As Paul speaks to his companion and protegee, Timothy, in 2 Timothy 2:2, he describes disciple making to the fourth generation—the disciple Paul, passing on the faith to Timothy, who passes it on to reliable people, who go on to teach it to others.

Does your church have a desire for third and fourth-generation disciple making, that ultimately embeds a culture of disciple making within the congregation? If so, Church Development —partnering with Leadership Development—is prepared to help.

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Gauge how your church is discipling

The Real Discipleship Survey is an instrument designed to support the development of maturing disciples at both the personal and congregational levels.

Start a discipling group

Disciples Made is a tool that had promising results in INUMC churches.

Don’t try to do it alone

Join a cohort of people who want to see 3rd and 4th-generation disciple making in their churches.


TitleMinistry CategoryResource Typehf:tax:resource_types
2022 Lay Servant Academy HandbookDisciple EngagementCertifications & Formal Educationcertifications-formal-education
2023 Annual Conference ResourcesLeadership DevelopmentDiscipleship, Online Training / Courses, Webinars & Educational Videosdiscipleship online-training-courses webinars-educational-videos
2023 Lay Servant Academy DatesDisciple EngagementCertifications & Formal Educationcertifications-formal-education
Covenant Discipleship Groups: An IntroductionDisciple EngagementDiscipleshipdiscipleship
Followers Made Discipling ToolChurch DevelopmentDiscipleship, Tools & Assessmentsdiscipleship tools-assessments
Fully Alive – Free ResourcesChurch DevelopmentTools & Assessmentstools-assessments


Church Development is a team of lay and clergy persons experienced in church health and multiplication. They are ready to serve by listening to the dreams and concerns of the local congregation and providing helpful information and resourcing.