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In Contagious Disciple Making, David Watson and Paul Watson map out a simple method that has sparked an explosion of homegrown churches in the United States and around the world. A companion to Cityteam's two previous books, Miraculous Movements and The Father Glorified, Contagious Disciple Making details the method used by Cityteam disciple-makers. This distinctive process focuses on equipping spiritual leaders in communities where churches are planted. Unlike many evangelism and church-growth products that focus on quick results, contagious disciple-making takes time to cultivate spiritual leadership, resulting in lasting disciple-making movements.
Through Contagious Disciple Making readers will come to understand that a strong and equipped leader will continue to grow the church long after church planters move on to the next church.
- Engagement tools for use in the field
- Practical techniques to equip others to make disciples
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
It is hard to deny that todays world can seem apathetic toward Christians. Some may look down at their iPhones when we mention God, motion for the check when we bring up church, or casually change the subject when we talk about prayer. In a world full of people whose indifference is greater than their desire to know Christ, how can we dream of growing the church?
In Contagious Disciple Making, David Watson and Paul Watson map out a simple method that has sparked an explosion of homegrown churches in the United States and around the world. A companion to Cityteam's two previous books, Miraculous Movements and The Father Glorified, Contagious Disciple Making details the method used by Cityteam disciple-makers. This distinctive process focuses on equipping spiritual leaders in communities where churches are planted. Unlike many evangelism and church-growth products that focus on quick results, contagious disciple-making takes time to cultivate spiritual leadership, resulting in lasting disciple-making movements. Through Contagious Disciple Making readers will come to understand that a strong and equipped leader will continue to grow the church long after church planters move on to the next church.
- Engagement tools for use in the field
- Practical techniques to equip others to make disciples
Chuck4 Stars Out Of 5Contagious Disciple MakingApril 15, 2015ChuckQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Contagious Disciple Making is a book that leaves many people motivated to want to take the Great Commission seriously. I mean, what Christian doesnt want to be better equipped for bringing people to Christ and seeing them become obedient followers of Jesus? Isnt that the goal for all of us?
And David & Paul Watson have done an excellent job laying out detailed how-tos when it comes to engaging our friends, family and neighbors with the message and gospel of Jesus Christ.
Theres no denying that their methods work because of the success they have seen in their lives and their ministry. However that doesnt mean that their methods will work for everyone.
I am leery of how-tos and step by step methodology when it comes to the realm of areas that should be guided by the Holy Spirit. Not that theres anything wrong with their method but it shouldnt be limited to what has worked for them.
And so while I have agreed with many parts of this book there are some parts I disagree with.
My agreements with this book are agreements that every Christian should hold to mainly that true disciples make disciples and everything must be rooted in prayer.
But when it comes to things I disagree with, they are mere methods and not doctrines.
Overall this book is a helpful resource in engaging someone to be a disciple maker instead of a pew sitter and this book would be useful for reference when engaging new Christians.
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Skyking5 Stars Out Of 5Post Reformational MininstryFebruary 25, 2015SkykingQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5David and Paul finally put in one place the principles and strategy that have been bringing millions to a life of obedience in Jesus from India to Africa and in the west.
Because of the heavy burden of tradition that westerners have laden the gospel with, naysers will sprout like dandelions on unkept soil. But a serious and studious pursuit of what has happened but in quantity and quality of the followers of Christ who were discipled to faith rather than converted ignites a fire in one's soul.
Having personally been to India and Africa among these movements, I am shamed to by their devotion to Jesus, their impact on their society and their boldness to take the gospel to places most wouldn't go.
Their is a profound theological and ecclesiological purity in the simplicity of allowing God to lead his followers into organic expressions of the Body of Christ. Our addiction in the west to create form before function is the continued acceptance of a Greek philosophy that cancerously neuters the power of the gospel.
Don't let David and Paul's simple style be confused by the modern Christianity that most of us have grown up in. There is a powerful and viral impact in the simplicity of allowing unregenerate people to discover God in the Bible in an atmosphere of obedience.
The friction for me in reading and applying David and Paul's principles was in giving up control. For some reason I had grown up in a Christianity that spoke of an all powerful God but I didn't practice my theology. When I allowed God to be the teacher and simply began putting nonbelievers into God's word and asked them to begin obey it, the scales fell off of my theologically blinded eyes and I saw that what I espoused was actionable in the world that God was working.
This is must reading for anyone who is serious about the Great Commission. But reading is not enough. Find some friends far from God and ask them to read the Bible with you using David and Paul's strategy. You can stand from afar and be a naysayer but when you get close you will feel like you are standing on holy ground because you will have a front row seat to eternity watching God transform lives without your "human control" and experience obedience beyond belief to God's truth rather than your teaching.
Julie5 Stars Out Of 5Inspiring and helpfulFebruary 24, 2015JulieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5David and Paul Watson raise the bar (in the best way possible) of what it means to be a disciple and what it means to make disciples.
I grew up in a nominal Christian home then became a true Christ follower in college. Observing churches in the US, I figured it was normal to see maybe a handful of salvations each year (if you were doing really well). So when I read the story about 2 million people being baptized within several years in India that the Watson's begin their book with, I struggled to believe whether or not it was true since it was so far outside what I had seen or experienced. But I also had to ask myself: "What if it IS true? What would that say about our current stats that pale in comparison? What did the Watson's do differently? What could I do differently to get results like that?".
So I began to learn about and implement the principles in this book about a year ago. Already I am seeing more fruit in my life than I had in the past 10 years combined.
While a few of the concepts in Contagious Disciple Making may shake some assumptions of the average American Christian (as they did for me when I first learned them), I had to ask myself if my current way was resulting in many coming to know Jesus. I also had to humble myself and realize that whether I "liked" the concepts or not, they were a) working, b) currently being employed all over the world with great results, and c) based on the Bible. The principles were really just getting back to the basics of what the Bible says about discipleship, and they bothered me at first because I thought the best way to "do church" was the American way.
Reading this book will challenge you, encourage you, and make you think. Implementing the principles in this book will challenge you, change you, change people around you, result in people coming to Christ, and birth new churches.
Discovery Groups (obedience-based discipleship from inductive Bible study) is the best and simplest evangelistic tool I have ever used and the only one I now recommend and teach others.
The most helpful chapter in Contagious Disciple Making for me was on Persons of Peace (the idea comes from Luke 10). Reading this chapter helped me narrow down who God was asking me to invest in at this time.
I will be recommending this book over and over again.
Scotty2 Stars Out Of 5Big claims from traditionally ineffective methods ...February 19, 2015ScottyQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1David and Paul Watson begin their book, "Contagious Disciple-Making" (published by Thomas Nelson) with some pretty big --- correct that --- massive claims of success in their method for making disciples. The rest of their book lays out a methodology that traditionally has been very ineffective. For me, there would have to be some real proof to believe the size of claims made based on the methodology promoted.
Just how big are those claims? From page xiii in the introduction of the book, the authors write the following:
"... a formal survey of the work among the Bhojpuri showed that our team actually underreported the number of churches planted in the area! By 2008, another survey of the work revealed 80,000 churches planted and 2 million people baptized. Things were exploding!"
Yeah, those are big claims! Much more information is needed, such as what are the authors counting as churches, was each person among those 2 million people surrendering their lives to Jesus Christ, and so on. If the claims are accurate, then praise God! But on the face of it, they are questionable, not just because of the size of the claims, but how they say they were accomplished.
The authors actually start the book from some philosophical points I could agree with, but the more they moved into describing their methodology, the more I had problems with how they claim effective disciple-making should be conducted. The methods they use and promote include the following:
Focusing almost exclusively on working only within silos.
Using inductive Bible study with a facilitator only (not a teacher who specifically presents the Gospel) as the primary means of leading the lost to Jesus Christ (inductive Bible studies are routinely ineffective among Christians, much less non-believers!).
Relying on a "Person of Peace" as their entry into a community. While I understand their point, this "Person of Peace" is an extra-biblical term attached to someone they raise to an essential level.
The authors seem to have no concern about what is considered a church, writing on more than one occasion that the people who become believers can figure that out for themselves and design what works for them. That's a great formula for having groups that are nothing like what the New Testament tells us a church should be! They're also as lackadaisical about leadership roles in the church as well, even though the New Testament is very specific in this area.
And finally, the authors commit a very common error seen today, by confusing "discipleship" and "mentoring" and thinking they're interchangeable when they are two very distinct things.
I found the authors to contradict themselves on more than one occasion by, on the one hand stating that disciple-making must be done biblically, and then writing that new believers can create what works for them. They also write that the disciple-maker shouldn't teach directly, yet state the disciple-maker works very hard for at least a couple of years training leaders. I found several occasions where readers would need more information from the authors to fully understand what they were suggesting.
I don't know these writers, and perhaps they have achieved phenomenal things using methods that routinely fail elsewhere, but without more substantiation than simple claims made in a statement in this book, there's no way I could recommend this book to anyone. There are proven methods for being effective disciple-makers that are well substantiated that would be worth your time as a reader to pursue.