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  • Best chapter
  • Best quotes
  • Best illustration
  • Best idea
  • Best take away
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Contagious Disciple Making

Authors: David Watson and Paul Watson

Published by Thomas Nelson, Nashville, 2014, 256 pages. (ISBN: 978-0529112200)

Available in Kindle format. (ASIN: B00KQ2G1T6)


Authors David and Paul Watson (father-son) map out a simple method that has sparked an explosion of homegrown churches around the world. An update to Miraculous Movements, by Trousdale (our March 2013 summary) Contagious Disciple Making details the method used by Cityteam disciple-makers. This distinctive process focuses on equipping spiritual leaders in communities where churches are planted. Unlike other approaches that focus on quick results, contagious disciple making takes time to cultivate spiritual leadership, resulting in lasting disciple-making movements.

 Best chapter

Chapter 1: Disciple Makers Embrace Lessons Taught by Failure

This chapter is chosen as it lays the foundation for the rest of the book. The following are some selected quotes from this chapter:

“God taught me, through many failures, that I had to focus on making disciples of Christ, not followers of my church or denomination. He also taught me that I needed to teach these disciples to obey the commands of Jesus, not my church/denominational doctrines or traditions. This is what led to the breakthrough that resulted in more than eighty thousand churches among a people considered unreachable.” Kindle location 227

“We defined a Church-Planting Movement as an indigenously led Gospel-planting and obedience-based discipleship process that resulted in a minimum of one hundred new locally initiated and led churches, four generations deep, within three years.” Kindle location 230

“True DMM methodology is about being disciplined in educating, training, and mentoring people to obey all the commands of Jesus, regardless of consequences.” Kindle location 250

“If you really want to start a Disciple-Making Movement anywhere in the world and witness God’s work as He starts a Church-Planting Movement, invest in teaching, training, and mentoring leaders to obey all the commands of Christ.” Kindle location 268

Best quotes

“Our focus in discipleship has become obedience to the Gospel, not adherence to a doctrine. With a doctrine-centered discipleship program, one must teach everything to ensure a person has the knowledge to be obedient. With an obedience-centered discipleship program, the emphasis is on how we can be obedient to Christ in every area of our lives and in every circumstance. When a new disciple asks a question, my answer is always the same: What must you do to be obedient to Christ?” Kindle location 360

“The role of the cross-cultural worker is to deculturalize the Gospel—presenting the Gospel without commentary, but with the question, ‘How will we obey what God has said?’ If it’s not in the Bible, don’t introduce it to the culture.” Kindle location 388

“The role of the cultural worker is also to contextualize the Gospel—presenting the Gospel and asking, ‘What must we change in our lives and culture in order to be obedient to all the commands of Christ?’” Kindle location 390

“The DMM is about doing what was done in the first century—giving the Gospel to a people and teaching them to obey it; seeing them become faithful disciples of Christ; leaving them to struggle in obeying the Word of God in their own context and history; and allowing them to develop their own unique practices for worship, leadership, and governance within the confines of biblical obedience.” Kindle location 498

“A disciple is one who embraces and obeys all the teachings of Christ and endeavors by word and deed to make more disciples. A convert is one who practices a religion into which he or she was not born, and may or may not encourage others to convert.” Kindle location 741

“Disciple-makers first teach people the Word of God so they will know what to obey. Second, they train people in the skill sets necessary to be an obedient follower of Christ so they will know how to obey. And third, disciple-makers equip people to their full capacity to serve God and others so they demonstrate lives of consistent obedience and make more disciples.” Kindle location 760

“As we started looking at Disciple-Making Movements worldwide, we made a critical observation: a prayer movement precedes every Disciple-Making Movement. There are two sides to catalyzing a prayer movement. First, we must become people of prayer. Second, we need to mobilize people to pray.” Kindle location 1134

“The Person of Peace is the one God has prepared to receive the Gospel into a community for the first time. There are two major categories of Persons of Peace—some are Persons of Peace by nature, and some become Persons of Peace as a result of God’s direct intervention in their families or communities.” Kindle location 1752

“Jim, a friend and longtime missionary, told me that Persons of Peace have three primary characteristics: They are open to a relationship with you. They hunger for spiritual answers for their deepest questions. And they will share whatever they learn with others. Jim likes to use the acronym OHS to remember these characteristics: Open, Hungry, Sharing.” Kindle location 1913

“As far as we know, Disciple-Making Movements are the only modern example of the Gospel spreading rapidly throughout decentralized systems. All leaders of active Disciple-Making Movements around the world lead by influence rather than position. This is a strong indicator of the leadership style necessary for catalyzing Disciple-Making Movements in the United States and other locations around the world. People who want to catalyze Disciple-Making Movements must become master influencers of multiple systems to achieve the end goal of reaching their family, community, silo, city, and nation.” Kindle location 2538

“In Contagious Disciple-Making that results in self-replicating disciples, leaders, groups, and churches that take seriously the Great Commandment and the Great Commission, these strategic or critical elements fall into three groups: Kingdom elements, tactical elements, and leadership elements.” Kindle location 2725

“Kingdom metrics are what we use to measure our work by God’s expectations, as He revealed them in Scripture. Kingdom metrics help us understand how God measures what we do, which allows us to develop strategies and plans focused on fulfilling God’s expectations for what we do and how we do it.” Kindle location 2799

Best illustration

“In many ways our churches are becoming jails. Jails are designed to isolate from society those who would harm it. Many churches now seem to be designed to isolate Christians from society so they cannot transform it.” Kindle location 821

 Best idea

“Identifying our personal cultures—including our religious and nationalistic traditions—and keeping them from permeating new work is the single biggest hurdle we face. Our Christian culture can have an extremely negative impact on disciple-making.” Kindle location 413

 Best take away

“If we are mindful of Kingdom metrics, we recognize that: Kingdom metrics are about Kingdom purposes (doing God’s will). Kingdom metrics are about measuring our work by what God uses to measure us. Kingdom metrics are about obeying “God’s Word and teaching others to obey God’s Word regardless of theological, doctrinal, denominational, church, or cultural bias. Kingdom metrics are about putting the Great Commandment and the Great Commission ahead of personal, denominational, church, or organizational objectives/goals. Kingdom metrics are transformational, which can only be accomplished by God working through all His people.” Kindle location 2806


Take your concept of Church Planting Movements (CPM) to the next level – incorporate Disciple-making Movement (DMM) principles into it. There are also helpful summaries of leadership, management, and mentoring in the practical section of the book many will find useful.


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