Jesus the Disciple-maker

Jesus is the best disciple-maker the world has seen. His eleven disciples changed the world. As followers of Jesus, we could do a lot worse than emulating His method. Of course, there are various ways to describe His model.

We believe Jesus modelled the following principles and that the early church used the same method. There is more material on each of these principles, here.

  1. Be intentional
  2. Relational rather than programmatic
  3. Select a few
  4. Lead through the growth stages to maturity
  5. Train on the job
  6. Invest heavily
  7. Commission them to repeat the process.

How Jesus Made Disciples – Peter Cheyne


How To Be A Disciple And Make Disciples – Andrew Stephens, sermon preached at Hope Presbyterian, Christchurch

The Secret In The Potato Peelings – Gordon MacDonald, Leadership Journal article

Jesus, Disciple-maker – Part 1, Jesus, Disciple-maker – Part 2 – Canadian National Baptist Convention

The Goal Of Jesus’ Disciple-making

Jesus’ Leadership Principles And Method Of Training His Disciples – Barry McWilliams

Jesus The Rabbi

Becoming A Disciple Of Yeshua – Darren.Huckey

Jesus As Rabbi – series of articles

Also, The Orchard Method of Pardes

The Rabbinic Model Of Disciple-making

Being A First Century Disciple – by Doug Greenwold

Chapter One of Jeff Strong’s book, Mere Disciple

To Be A Talmid – part of the Follow The Rabbi site

How A Rabbi Chose His Disciples – Steve Ellison