I sat down with Peter Bergmeier, my designer, for an hour and came up with this graphic to represent the essential elements of a disciple-making movement.
Nathan Shank's Four Fields diagram was the starting point. I wanted to see if we could add the elements of vision and multiplication to his Four Fields. We also worked on simplifying the language.
Most importantly, we wanted to come up with a graphic that was easy to draw and easy to remember. We wanted it to be contagious. You have my permission to use it as long as you acknowledge the source.
Here an explanation of each element. Multiply Workers is represented by the X.
- See the need. Disciple-making movements respond to God’s call to join his mission. They are moved with compassion for lost people and do not rest until the good news of salvation through Christ is proclaimed, and communities of disciples are formed, throughout the inhabited world.
- Connect with people. Movements cross boundaries to establish contact with non-Christians. They seek out responsive people, who have been prepared by God to welcome the messenger and take the message to the people in their world.
- Share the gospel. Movements share the good news of Jesus the Messiah and Savior. They equip new disciples to become the means by which the good news spreads throughout their communities.
- Train disciples. Movements lead people to faith in Jesus Christ and teach them to obey what Jesus has commanded including the command to make disciples of others.
- Gather communities. Movements form new believers into the local communities of the followers of Jesus Each community of disciples is responsible to reach its region in depth and to contribute money, prayer, and workers who take the gospel to unreached regions.
- Multiply workers. Disciple-making movements send out workers into new, unreached fields to advance the spread of the gospel and the formation of new communities of disciples.