Mike Breen If we are going to build a culture of discipleship, we will have to learn to balance You can also download a PDF version at the 3DM website. Building a Discipling Culture - site edition by Mike Breen. Download it once and read it on your site device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like. come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news! ” —Mark – Breen, Mike (). Building a Discipling Culture.

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Written by Mike Breen, Audiobook narrated by Mike Breen. Sign-in to download and listen to this audiobook today! First time visiting Audible? Get this book free. Summary of Discipleship “Engines”. Building a Discipling Culture. By Mike Breen & Steve Cockram. One of the buzzwords around today is the word “missional. Building a Discipling Culture Summary - Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File . txt) By Mike Breen & Steve Cockram . Discipleship Directors

People want to create missional churches or missional programs or missional small groups. The problem is that we dont have a missional problem or a leadership problem in the Western church.


We have a discipleship problem. If you know how to disciple people well, you will always get mission. Somewhere along the way we started separating being missional from being a disciple, as if somehow the two could be separated.

Pastors started saying they didnt want to be inwardly-focused so they stopped investing in the people in their churches so they could focus on people outside their churches.

Granted, we should focus on people who dont know Jesus yet, but Jesus himself gave us the model for doing that: Disciple people. If you know how to actually make disciples, you will reach people who dont know Jesus.

Because thats simply what disciples do. 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 nuanc Overall: when you start a book book by stating that God is only concerned with how many disciples you make, "it's the only number he's concerned with," you tip your hand for the rest 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.

I think I was let down by the feeling that they crammed their ideas into shapes that appear nowhere in Jesus' teachings in order to make it work. They allege that many churches have their priorities reversed, focusing on building churches while neglecting to make disciples.

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So what is the difference between building a church and discipling people? Breen and Cockram argue that three things are necessary for building a discipling culture: 1 a discipling vehicle, 2 discipling relationships, and 3 a discipling language KL The reason for this is that, by definition, every disciple makes disciples Mt.


It would be a mistake, however, to equate discipling relationships with friendships. Friendship only requires invitation, but discipleship also entails challenge. It can be as simple as inviting someone who is struggling spiritually to accompany you to the grocery store so that you can talk with him or her on the way and back KL It means inviting people to our quotidian comings and goings.


This assumes, of course, that we first have a life worth imitating KL , but we need not despair, because while we will never be perfect examples, we can be living examples KL Almost 50 years prior, Robert Coleman delineated a similar process of discipleship in his classic The Master Plan of Evangelism, namely the Selection, Association, Consecration, Impartation, Demonstration, Delegation, Supervision, and Reproduction of disciples.

What sets Building a Discipling Culture apart from the other books on discipleship is its discipling language.

The LifeShapes are 8 diagrams that seek to capture the essence of discipleship. Breen and Cockram note that Jesus chose parables as his preferred teaching method in an oral culture, and argue that we live in a visual culture that calls for an image-based pedagogy KL At this point, the believer needs to enter the learning circle, which consists of observing, reflecting, and discussing the kairos event in order to plan, account, and act KL This is the same process as repentance and belief Mk.

They are going to spend a lot of time with him and be trained by him. We see this in Luke We should have strong relationships in all three, though, as Breen comments, many churches are often weak in one of these areas.


Breen would, I think, say the same thing about the normal Christian. He is weak in one of the three dimensions and so ends up being two-dimensional. In fact, Breen places the origin of churches being two-dimensional to their leaders being two-dimensional.

Three Types of Two-Dimensional Churches Breen lists the types of two-dimensional churches that we can have, so I want to describe them. As I said, he focuses on the types of two-dimensional churches, but I think every type of two-dimensional church has a corresponding two-dimensional Christian.

Up and In: These churches often focus on having good worship, Bible lessons, and community. According to Breen, they are often innovative in worship and emphasis small groups.

But they struggle to translate their Up and In focus into an emphasis on reaching out to those outside the Kingdom of God. Up and Out: These churches often have good Bible studies and stress evangelism. The community is driven more by duty than an actual joy in being a part of the community.

They struggle to create a healthy community. In and Out: Breen says that these are the older, mainstream churches.He spoke to Abram and his household, and they became a family on mission. Discipleship that is not properly grounded in the gospel can degenerate into pragmatic legalism.

I think some of the principles may translate to real life, but there are so many other nuanc Overall: when you start a book book by stating that God is only concerned with how many disciples you make, "it's the only number he's concerned with," you tip your hand for the rest of the book.

The ability to identify the main themes of any passage is a skill you can learn, even as you seek to apply its truth to your own life. Permanent Relationships: Evangelizing our friends and family may take a long time. Jesus needed a family on mission.