5 Marks of a Disciplemaker

The 5 Marks of a Disciplemaker are five key competencies for a follower of Christ to invest in discipleship. These competencies include a passion to know Christ, knowledge of the Scriptures, a desire for community, a heart for the lost, and the ability to create spiritual generations.

1. JESUS

A passion to know, love and become like Christ

Philippians 3:8-10

Followers of Christ with a passion to know and love Jesus. As disciplemakers and laborers in the Harvest, they are purposeful to nurture and deepen their intimacy with Him. Life and ministry overflows from time alone with Jesus. The focus is developing personal intimacy with Jesus. It’s more than just knowing about God. It’s knowing Him and walking deeply with Him.

2. THE WORD

Knows and lives from the Scriptures

2 Timothy 3:16-17

A disciplemaker is one who can handle accurately the Word of God. He knows how to read it, study it, talk about it and pass it on to others. A disciplemaker understands the truth and sufficiency of the Word for the whole of life.

3. COMMUNITY

Pursuing Biblical community

Hebrews 10:24-25

The Lord designed us to walk with Him in community with others. A disciplemaker will be intentional to seek, pursue and even create a local community of believers to spur each other toward love and good deeds. Biblical community includes family as well as extended communities of followers of Christ. Biblical community also draws those without Christ to the Lord (John 13:33-34).

4. THE LOST

Lives among those who do not know or follow Christ

I Thessalonians 2:8

A disciplemaker will be among those who are without Christ. They will be purposeful to love, serve and help them know and understand the Gospel. They are marked by strong commitment to the Great Commission and a strong compassion for the brokenness of those without Christ. Disciplemakers proclaim and affi rm the Gospel with both their words and their lives.

5. SPIRITUAL GENERATIONS

Advancing the Gospel through spiritual generations

2 Timothy 2:2

A disciplemaker is personally involved with helping others move closer to Christ as Savior and Lord. Disciplemakers meet one on one to help non-believers understand who Christ claims to be, and to establish young believers in their faith. A disciplemaker may lead groups of others in studying and applying the Word. Anything that helps others move closer to Christ is discipleship. A disciplemaker helps others catch a vision for investing their lives in others so that others will disciple others to do the same…towards spiritual generations.