Identifying CPM/DMM principles and practices used by effective practitioners sheds light on what leads to fruitful ministry. Parts 1 & 2 described paradigm shifts in the realms of Pre-engagement and Preparation, Initiating a DMM-focused ministry, Disciple Making and Disciple Making in Groups. Here are additional paradigm shifts for greater ministry impact.
49. From “being kind” to “showing unusual / sacrificial practical love.”
Q: How do we encourage a group to be a communal expression of the kingdom by showing the love of Jesus to others inside and outside of their group?
50. From “measuring churches” to “measuring disciples.”
Q: How do we ensure that “disciple making” remains the primary focus of groups that transition to an identity of being “church”?
51. From “individual expressions of faith” to “group expressions of faith” that include obedience, baptism, Lord’s supper, making disciples, telling others, perseverance in suffering, valuing community and relationships over individualism.
Q: How can we maintain a group identity as the body of Christ as participants learn to apply key spiritual practices?
52. From “teaching theology” to “discovering theology” (teach people to depend on scripture for their theological foundation – saturation in God’s word and obedience are the basis for theology. This does not remove the importance of teachers, instead it emphasizes a priority of grounding personal and communal theology in God’s word rather than in the authority of a teacher).
Q: How can we ensure a discovery process so that a group establishes their theological foundation on God’s word as their primary authority?
53. From “encouraging cooperation in ministry” to “empowering disciples to fulfill God’s calling as disciple makers.”
Q: How can believers recognize God’s call on their life as disciple makers that goes beyond mere cooperation in ministry?
54. From “pastoral leadership” as the focus / center of being the body of Christ to “priesthood of all believers” as the focus / center of being the body of Christ.
Q: How can believers recognize their position as “priests” in God’s kingdom so that they take on the responsibility of prayer with and pastoral care for others?
55. From “preconceived ideas of church models” to “community as the hermeneutic of the gospel.”
Q: How can believers become an expression of church that communally lives out the gospel in a transformational manner?
56. From “proven models” to “contextualized models.”
Q: How should our expression of church be adjusted to fit the ministry context, facilitate the multiplication of disciple-making, and maintain integrity with God’s word?
57. From “attraction based on personal needs” to “attraction based on community transformed by obedience.”
Q: How do we keep the identity of the church focused on following Jesus?
58. From “complex church” to “simple church.”
Q: What expressions of church in this context are viable, sustainable and reproducible?
59. From “individuals gathered” to “community gathering” (identity as the “body of Christ” is emphasized).
Q: How can a gathering of the church reinforce identity in Christ, welcome engagement, and develop ownership?
60. From “flourishing church” to “multiplying churches.”
Q: What practices enhance a multiplication mindset?
61. From “baptism and communion controlled by leaders” to “baptism and communion expressed by all believers.”
Q: How does a gathering of believers engage all believers in church practices so that multiplication can occur?
62. From being a “doer” to being a “catalyst.”
Q: How do we develop in others a vision to serve God’s mission?
Q: How do we model what we are doing for other potential leaders?
Q: What is our plan to discuss with potential leaders what we are doing and why?
63. From “disciple making” to “multiplying disciple makers.”
Q: How do we ensure that those we are guiding to be disciples are also disciple makers?
Q: How do we model a multiplication of disciple makers for other potential leaders?
Q: What is our plan to discuss multiplication with potential leaders?
64. From “controlling the ministry” to “releasing the ministry.”
Q: How can we maintain a humble orientation as fellow servants before other potential leaders so that they are empowered to serve?
65. From “leader as visionary” to “leader as catalyst” (vision developed together with others)
Q: How can we use a discovery process of leadership development that creates ownership?
66. From “role expectations” to “growth expectations” (that is, discipleship results in transformation and fruitfulness).
Q: What do emerging leaders need so that they have both a growth and multiplication mentality?
67. From “assuming” to “communication.”
Q: How can we connect with potential leaders on an ongoing basis so that we listen (attend) to them and they know that we understand and care?
68. From “maintaining control of groups” to “appointing leaders” OR From “few well-trained leaders – status/trained/educated focus” to “many mentored leaders – function focus.”
Q: How can we release people to the ministry God has called them to and ensure that they have the same desire to release others?
69. From “leader who shepherds others” to “leader who disciples and creates disciple-makers” (as a priority) OR From “leaders are priests who make disciples” to “all believers are priests who make disciples.”
Q: How can we focus on guiding believers towards being disciple makers as their primary calling?
70. From “individual ministry” to “mentored / coached ministry – apprentice mentality of having a ‘tag along’” (even if that person is not yet a committed believer, be about the Master’s business with people).
Q: How can we communicate and develop an expectation and value of multiplication so that leaders do ministry with others?
71. From “supporting leaders” to “coaching leaders.”
Q: How can we empower leaders so that they fulfill their plans, rather than advising them about our ideas?
72. From “formally trained leaders” to “leaders coached in context.”
Q: How can we engage in competency-based leadership development of head, heart and hands in the ministry context?
73. From “paid leader” to “self-supporting leader.”
Q: How can we multiply leaders without requiring a multiplication of resources?