Church Discipleship Assessment (Beta Version)
The Church Discipleship Assessment is a tool for helping you assess your church’s disciple-making effectiveness in 11 key areas. The assessment is based on how a biblical understanding of discipleship can best express itself in a North American ministry context as described in the book, Maximum Discipleship in the Church. The beta version is free until we have completed the testing process. Please note that you will be asked to provide your name and email address at the end of the assessment. This is so we can send you the assessment report. We will also sign you up for the MinistryLift blog and other periodic MinistryLift emails about upcoming training events (you can unsubscribe at any time)
Click here to begin the assessment now or read more about the assessment below
Imagine that discipleship in your church is like a grapevine. Of course, we want our churches to bear fruit like seeing people accept Christ and grow in him. Yet, the growth of the vine and its ability to produce fruit is dependent on at least four things: water, sunlight, good soil, and a supportive structure.
Water and Sunlight
As we think about making disciples in the church, it's imperative that we recognize the Holy Spirit's role. He is the One who draws people to Christ and helps them grow in Him. He provides water and sunlight to make discipleship flourish in our churches. Unless God grows the plant, our efforts are pointless.
Even though God ultimately causes discipleship to thrive in our churches, He has chosen to partner with us in this great, vine-growing venture. One of the ways that we can participate is to make sure that the soil has the right nutrients to support the growth of the vine.
The first five disciple-making elements in this assessment relate to your church's culture – the heart of your church. The five church cultural factors are like nutrients in the soil. They provide what discipleship needs to thrive in your church.
- Prayer Saturation
- Growing Relationships
- Growth Orientation
- Personalized Approach
- Missional Mindset
When these elements are growing in your church, you are much more likely to reach your disciple-making potential.
Of course, growing a vine requires more than just the right soil. You also need to have appropriate structures like a trellis that support the vine's growth. That's where the rest of the discipleship elements come in:
- Biblical and Engaging Preaching
- Effective Group Training
- Robust Small Groups
- Supportive Accountability
- Individual Spiritual Disciplines
As we grow all 11 elements, we will position our churches to move toward maximum discipleship.
If you want to find out more about how you can grow these disciple-making elements, I encourage you to check out the book, Maximum Discipleship in the Church, or MinistryLift's other discipleship resources.
Note: Because this assessment is in its beta testing stage, we would appreciate your input on the assessment so that we can strengthen the next version (you will see a link to a follow-up survey in the report you receive after completing the assessment).