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How to Measure Discipleship – 12 Indications

There is certain joy, even during uncertain times (including personal suffering). Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds. James 1:2

The consistent teaching, from behind the podium to small group Bible studies, is a balance of truth and grace. Jesus came full of grace and truth. John 1:17

People willingly sacrifice, so financial needs of the church, within the church, and in the missions of the church are fully funded. No one has to beg for money—and people don’t disappear during a series on giving. Each person should do as he has decided in his heart—not reluctantly or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

There are no petty disputes or grudges among the people of the church. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. Hebrews 12:15

The church takes care of each other well. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. Acts 4:34

The most appreciated people in the church are often the least seen. The leaders of the church are most likely to give up “their” seats, park further from the building, or do whatever is necessary to help the Body. The greatest among you will be your servant. Matthew 23:11

Church members live their life with mission and purpose, without being asked to do so. Go, therefore, and make disciples… Matthew 28:19

Of course, there are no perfect churches. And, so no church has 100 percent of the people—or any one person—getting all of these right. But, increasingly over time, a church making disciples can measure discipleship by seeing growth and improvement in people who behave more like Jesus and more like who we’ve been commanded to be. That’s what discipleship is.

Let’s keep this going. These are a few that come to my mind. There are others. Prayer. Forgiveness.


This article on how to measure discipleship orinally appeared here, and is used by permission.