Lesson #4. They widened the circle and narrowed the focus

The fourth lesson on how to help an existing church fuel disciple making movements.

For the background you’ll need to listen to my interview with David Broodryk.

Lesson #4. They widened the circle and narrowed the focus

Formal and informal leaders bought in. Awareness in the church spread. Broodryk then launched a third training for the whole church. The training focused on a vision for disciple making movements and the skills required to immediately begin making it happen. People were invited and challenged, but they were not compelled. There was never an expectation that everybody would immediately jump on board.

Instead, the purpose of the training was two-fold. First, orient everybody to disciple making movements and give them the skills to get started. Second, identify those who immediately began applying what they had learned. Who was out doing Discovery Bible Studies, forming groups and making disciples?

Next: Lesson #5. They harnessed the radicals.

Lesson #3. They built a coalition

The third lesson on how to help an existing church fuel disciple making movements.

For the background you’ll need to listen to my interview with David Broodryk.

Lesson #3. They built a coalition

These two men would not have got very far on their own. They began by immediately including and winning over key leaders in the church. Broodryk’s first two trainings were done for church staff, elders and key volunteer leaders.

Snyman began to spread the values of disciple making movements throughout the life of the church through every channel of communication. He demonstrated how disciple making movements were constant with God’s purposes for the church. He gave people time to walk the same journey he had been on.

Next: Lesson #4. They widened the circle and narrowed the focus

Lesson #2. They formed a partnership

The second lesson on how to help an existing church fuel disciple making movements.

For the background you’ll need to listen to my interview with David Broodryk.

Lesson #2. They formed a partnership

For Lighthouse to change, Snyman needed to experience a transformation in how he understood ministry. God used Broodryk to mentor him through that transition. Snyman was crucial because he had the authority to lead the church through change, and eventually bring leaders of other churches with him. He had the authority of his position as the leader of a large church. More importantly, he had relational and spiritual authority to the implement the change. Broodryk depended on Snyman’s authority. Snyman relied on Broodryk to provide the training and mentoring in disciple making movements.

Next: Lesson #3. They built a coalition

Lesson #1. God led, they followed

Most of my adult life I’ve been a student of movements—especially church planting movements. This is what I learned from God did in Cape Town through David Broodryk and Peter Snyman.

For the background you’ll need to listen to my interview with David Broodryk.

What follows are seven lessons on how a local church can fuel disciple making movements.

Lesson #1. God led, they followed

David Broodryk is a sharp strategic thinker. Yet it wasn’t a strategic plan that got him to the Cape Town airport. God unsettled him. He was in a place of dependence, actively waiting for the Spirit to open a door. Independently, Peter Snyman was unsettled about his church’s effectiveness in making disciples. God brought these two men together. To Snyman, he validated Broodryk’s role as a movement catalyst. To Broodryk, he identified Snyman as someone who was worth investing in.

The journey began.

Next: Lesson #2. They formed a partnership

Why your missional learning community isn’t making disciples

This email just came in from David Broodryk on what you should call yourselves if your group wants to see a disciple making movement.


There are several critical mistakes that we have seen in this process. One of them begins with seeing the initial team as a “Missional Learning Community.” The name will define the function. Unfortunately, in almost every case, “missional” has no real definition and ends up meaning nothing. “Learning” immediately places Western thinkers into perpetual learning mode with no application. And “community” is the strongest. It will define the group. Every time we used this in the name, it caused the group to settle into a quasi-church that focused on one another and not on the lost!

The first thing I would encourage a church to do is to think carefully about the name of the initial team. Although you will have many communities when you get to movement, you do not launch a movement from a “community.” You launch a movement from a “team.” The biblical principle here for me is Jesus calling his first team. Although it had many functions of church, its primary function was as a travelling apostolic band. This is made clear from the very first call to “make fishers of men” as the purpose for joining.

We need to be clear with churches. They always default to the pastoral model of creating church, cell or “community.” But it requires a very intentional step towards a high-functioning TEAM in order to get to movement.

Just a few rambling random thoughts . . .



Westerners have been discussing, contextualising and redefining the mission of the church for a century. In that time we’ve gone from “missionaries” to “missions” to “mission” to “missional” without much improvement in how we make disciples.

We’re lost in a missional fog. Everyone uses the term, few know what it looks like on Monday morning. It’s the reason why the “emerging church” was so bad at evangelism.

So if you want to see a disciple making movement, be careful what you call yourself.

How churches can spark disciple making movements [podcast]

David Broodryk and Steve Addison

David Broodryk and Steve Addison

 It isn’t the changes that do you in, it’s the transitions.

William Bridges

Most change ventures fail when leaders think only about the change to be introduced rather than the people who need to embrace it.

In this interview, David Broodryk talks about helping churches embrace and adopt the principles and practices of disciple making movements.

David is a trainer, coach and catalyst for disciple making movements. You can register online to access his resources.

NOTE; I had planned to release this in two weeks’ time, but David’s insights are so important I hit “publish” as soon as it was ready to go. I think this interview will form the basis of a whole chapter for my next book on movement leadership. It fills in the missing pieces on helping existing churches play their part in disciple making movements. A game changer for me. Thanks David!

UPDATE: Interview with Peter Snyman.


Three presentations on Movements [podcast]

Norris Williams: Cherry farmer and movement pioneer

Norris Williams: cherry farmer, movement pioneer

Three presentations from the CRM World-wide Conference. I’m first up with my story of moving from an expert to a practitioner. Then Norris Williams combines his life as a cherry farmer with his calling to fuel disciple making movements in an entertaining presentation. Finally, Joe Reed asks, “What comes first — community or making disciples?” You’ll be surprised by his answer.

Each of these presentations can also be viewed as videos on the movements blog.


Movements across the South Pacific [podcast]

Grant and Alpheus

Grant and Alpheus

On our way to London we dropped in on Grant Morrison in the Solomon Islands.

Grant shares how the gospel is advancing across the South Pacific.


Getting Started with Movements [video]

Michelle and I are on our journey from Melbourne to London. We stopped off in Mexico for the CRM World Wide Conference.

Here’s my “Ted Talk” on getting started with disciple making movements.

Interview with Dave Lawton of Praxeis [podcast]

Praxeis workers 2014

a crazy bunch of Praxeis workers

Steve interviews Dave Lawton, founder of Praxeis, a crazy bunch of people out sharing the gospel, making disciples and planting churches. Listen to previous interviews with Dave here.