Often there is so much focus in our churches on the first part of Christ's Great Commission--evangelism--that the second part is omitted. The omission is not the preaching of Christ or the importance of world mission; it is the teaching of others on what it means to be an apprentice of Jesus. The sad result is generations of believers trying to be different from the world and not understanding why they aren't.
In this update of his groundbreaking book The Disciple Making Church: Leading a Body of Believers on a Journey of Faith, Bill Hull explains why disciple making must be the focus of the church and shows us our part in making it happen. With practical examples drawn from vast ministry experience, Hull helps the church deepen and enrich the lives of believers as they learn to truly follow Christ.
Every Christian, church leader and layperson alike, has been called by Christ to make disciples. But often there is so much focus in our churches on the first part of Christ's command--evangelism--that the second part--teaching new believers to obey all that Christ commanded--is forgotten. New believers find themselves on their own, trying to figure out what their new life is supposed to look like.
In this well-loved book, Bill Hull explains why disciple-making must be the focus of every believer's life and shows how each of us can do it. With practical examples drawn from vast ministry experience, Hull helps the church deepen and enrich the lives of believers as they learn to truly follow Christ.
Bill Hull is a writer and discipleship evangelist as well as the founder of T-Net International, a ministry devoted to transforming churches into disciple-making churches. He has spent more than twenty years as a pastor and is the author of several books, including Jesus Christ, Disciplemaker and Choose the Life. He and his wife, Jane, live in Long Beach, California.
"Bill Hull's vision has been transformational in my personal life and an inspiration to the leaders of my church. The Disciple-Making Church should be a staple for any pastor or lay leader seeking to build a church that thrives on being and making disciples of Jesus Christ."
Senior Pastor, Chino Valley Community Church, Chino Hills, California
"Bill Hull's extensive pastoral experience, combined with his long history as a consultant to many churches and denominations worldwide, not only gives him a theoretical foundation but also equips him to give very practical help for the church in this book."
--Michael J. Wilkins,
Distinguished Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Dean of the Faculty, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
"Bill Hull has once again challenged me deeply. With great passion and eloquence he presents the biblical case for disciple making. This book will make readers pause to examine both their life and their ministry. I heartily recommend it."
Senior Pastor, Brookside Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana; author, Minefields in the Marketplace
"In my pastorates I have used The Disciple-Making Church as a training manual for church leaders. This revision updates and improves what is already one of the finest pieces of work available on disciple making."
senior pastor, Mountain View Church, Marietta, Georgia
"Bill brings the catalytic combination of inspiration and know-how to disciple making in the local church. I know of no one who can serve the church better in her call to obey the Great Commission than Bill Hull."
Church Planter and Senior Pastor, Desert View Bible Church, Phoenix, Arizona