how we started
For almost two decades the founder of Disciple Making Ministries has lived and served in the country of Ukraine. During this time he has served as a professor, a pastor, and evangelist to businessmen. Though these were good ministries, a time came when he was challenged to re-evaluate the effectiveness of those methods. The conclusion led to a paradigm shift towards focusing on discipleship. He started by meeting with friends and acquaintances in restaurants and shopping mall food courts. This experience of making disciples among people from many backgrounds led to the development of a more comprehensive discipleship training program. The ministry expanded to local churches, then to social media, then to online webinars, then to hosting discipleship training seminars abroad in various places in Africa and Asia. Leaders from more than fifteen countries have invited him to come and train disciple makers. The harvest is truly plentiful, but the laborers and resources are few. Please pray for the laborers and resources to expand to more rapidly reach the vision.
What we Value
We value multiplying methods of reproducing disciple makers such as being intentional, relational, missional, transformational, contextual, practical, reproducible, spiritual, prayerful, peaceful, hopeful, faithful, loving and mindful of the mission, model, method and movement that Jesus passed down through the apostles.
What we are doing
We are involved in expanding an international audience using various online platforms, in establishing believers to be firm in their faith, educating and equipping followers in how to practically disciple others in their social networks, and in empowering disciple multiplying movements in strategic regions of the world. We teach disciple making webinars and seminars. We provide online follow-up coaching. We network with other disciple makers and equip regional trainers to facilitate disciple making movements. We write discipleship curriculum and maintain a resource website and are in the process of developing an online discipleship school. Will you join our fellowship of disciple makers?
What we have achieved
We developed a seven stage discipleship training program that matures believers to reproduce disciple makers within a period of six months to a year.
We started a disciple makers social media networking group on Facebook where disciple makers can share encouragement, prayers, stories, ideas and discipleship resources.
We developed this website through which we have engaged an international audience and have shared discipleship training resources that we have written.
We provided several discipleship evaluation questionnaires both for individuals and churches and uploaded them to this website so that Christians and churches can honestly and privately evaluate their level of disciple making activity.
We are in the process of writing a number of modular discipleship training manuals for an international audience to download, print, distribute and use for free. Some of these manuals have been translated into other languages such as Russian, Spanish, French, and Swahili.
We produced a number of podcast episodes for the purpose of engaging, establishing and equipping an international audience encouraging them towards more effective discipleship.
We have discipled and mentored a number of pastors and church leaders from countries in eastern Europe, Africa and Asia using the internet as the communication platform.
We have traveled to various locations throughout the world to host local discipleship training seminars for local pastors and church leaders to multiply disciple making movements among their people groups. In the summer of 2018 we hosted a discipleship training conference in Kenya. We are praying about hosting another training seminar in India in 2019.
We developed a "Leadership Training Seminar" to strengthen servant-leadership skills for pastors and church leaders in countries where there is such a need.
We are forming a disciple making church plant model in eastern Europe that we hope will multiply throughout the world.
We are also researching how to acquire a non-profit status in the United States and Ukraine.
We are also looking into developing an online discipleship training school.
a brief statement of faith
We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, inerrant in original manuscripts, and is useful for doctrine, reproof, correction and training in righteousness. The Bible is the final authority for the Christian faith (Matthew 5:18, John 10:35, John 17:17, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21).
We believe one true God, who is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. God is triune, being expressed in the three persons of the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God (Deuteronomy 6:4, Psalm 139:1-9, Jeremiah 23:23-24, Jeremiah 32:17, Mark 1:9-11, 2 Corinthians 13:14).
We believe that Jesus is fully God and fully man being born of a virgin, having lived a sinless life, having been crucified on the cross, and having been raised to life on the third day and having ascended into heaven securing the believer’s salvation, victory over sin and death and eternal inheritance in the kingdom (Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 27:35, Matthew 28:18, John 1:1-14, Acts 1:9-10, Acts 5:31, Ephesians 1:3-7, Hebrews 4:15, Revelation 1:18).
We believe that salvation is received by grace alone through faith alone in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ and that believers are sealed in the Holy Spirit who indwells them and produces spiritual fruit such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control through believers. (John 10:9, John 14:6, Ephesians 2:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:9; Galatians 5:22-23)
We observe the two main ordinances of water baptism and communion modeled by Jesus; and we seek to keep in step with the Holy Spirit by allowing His gifts to build up the body of Christ for the kingdom of God and the glorification of His name (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:20, John 14:12, 1 Corinthians 2:5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, 1 Corinthians 14:1-4, 1 Timothy 4:14; Romans 12; Ephesians 4).
We are expecting the second coming of Jesus Christ and the promised physical resurrection of the dead (Matthew 24:14, Acts 3:21, 1 Corinthians 1:7, Ephesians 4:11-16, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Isaiah 26:19, Daniel 12:2, 1 Thessalonians 4:16).