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David Watson serves the global church through Cityteam Ministries as the VP for Global Disciple-Making. He is also actively involved in mentoring the next generation of Disciple-Making strategists. Since 1989, Watson has been involved with movements that have seen 100,000 churches started, and he has trained more than 30,000 leaders from 167 nations.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (December 23, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0529112205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0529112200
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WARNING: If you want to stay comfortably involved in a local church without directly and personally engaging and impacting the lost, don't read this book.

NEARLY 500 years after Martin Luther launched the Protestant reformation, the Church which Jesus Christ promised to build is undergoing another historic reformation:
- from "gathering spectators" to "training and equipping disciples to reproduce," and
- from "expert-based ministry" to "movements that rely on the Holy Spirit's readiness to teach new and pre-believers from God's Word." (See my article "Introducing... '4X4 Movement Starts'" in the Mar/Apr 2014 issue of "Mission Frontiers.")

The pioneering work David and Paul report on in Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others on a Journey of Discovery joins Steve Smith's T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution: The Story Behind the World's Fastest Growing Church Planting Movement and How it Can Happen in Your Community! as an ESSENTIAL REFERENCE for all those led to participate in this reformation.

One veteran minister to international students just wrote me regarding the power he has personally seen in the DISCOVERY study approach developed and popularized by David and Paul, and detailed in Chapter 15 of this book:

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For the past 18 months we have trained students to FACILITATE discovery Bible studies for seekers rather than "LEAD" traditional Bible studies.
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The main idea of “contagious disciple making” is both simple to summarize and presents a real challenge to the contemporary church. It is to model and encourage trusting obedience to Christ as we discover his will in scripture, and to share these discoveries with others. This simple and compelling idea is a breath of fresh air for a Western church long on talk and short on obedience.

The authors (father and son) have been involved in church-planting movements throughout the world resulting in thousands of churches being planted under indigenous leadership in each country. This was not always the case and the first part of the book recounts the “re-thinking” that took place for them in moving from attempting to plant churches that conformed to Western ideals to launching Disciple-Making Movements. They argue, to begin with, that the task of church planters is not to contextualize the gospel, but to “deculturalize” it–to help people discover the message without Western cultural or denominational accretions.

What is crucial is simply building relationships within the appropriate structures, often family or tribal or village, where one can lead people in discovering for themselves from the Bible the basic message of the gospel, and even as they are learning it and beginning to act on it, to share it with others. Even before becoming disciples, proto-disciples are making disciples. From the start, and at every phase, an emphasis on obeying what one discovers, and inviting others to discover and obey is central.

The disciple-maker facilitates discovery and encourages obedience. This is so different from a teacher-student model that focuses around transfer of knowledge.
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Contagious Disciple Making by David and Paul Watson is a practical and readable guide to obeying the Great Commission. The book is arranged in two parts, the mindset of a disciple-maker and the practices of a disciple-maker.

Part One: The Mindset of a Disciple-Maker

The first section describes some of the philosophic presuppositions that a person should embrace which will enable him to carry out Christ’s mandate to make disciples. The authors present eight principles to that end:

Disciple-makers embrace lessons taught by failure.
Disciple-makers deculturalize, not contextualize the gospel.
Disciple-makers plant the gospel rather than reproduce their religion.
Disciple-makers realize how hard completing the Great Commission will be for strategies and organizations built around branded Christianity.
Disciple-makers realize the structure of the community determines the strategy used to make disciples.
Disciple-makers realize their culture and religious experience can negatively influence their disciple-making unless they are very careful.
Disciple-makers understand the importance of obedience.
Disciple-makers make disciples, not converts.
Part one contains some important biblical principles that readers should read, digest, and reflect upon.

Two specific critiques are worth noting. First, there are some negative feelings toward denominations that I take exception with. The authors maintain that “the denominational education and indoctrination process make it impossible to fulfill the Great Commission.” The statement is a land mine which is never supported with facts.

Second, the chapter on contextualization is an overreaction and needs adjustment to be adjusted.
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