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The Disciple-Making Pastor

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Practical instruction for pastors on how they can train their congregations in daily discipleship.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published October 1st 1988)
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James Collins
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Be a Disciple and Make Disciples
Bill Hull makes a great argument for the fact that the church has lost direction. He blames this on two overreaching observations: First, the church continues to try to reach the world without making disciples. Hull makes the point that Christ commanded his followers to “make disciples.” But he believes that the consumer culture in which we live has stripped the gospel of repentance and the basic call of Christ to deny oneself and follow Him. Therefore, no discipl
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I first read this book 30 years ago and reread large parts of today. Still a good book though a little simplistic and repetitive. The most important task in the church remains raising up disciples who show to the world the likeness of Jesus, to the glory of God!
Albert Morse
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I think the laymen needs to read this. This is not for the pastor only. If the laymen will read this with an attitude of helping the pastor grow the church, he will multiply his contribution to the church. The pastor needs to read this if they want to learn how to quit being the center of attention. It teaches pastors how to multiply their efforts by developing people in the church to become disciple makers. It encourages pastors to view themselves as a coach instead of the paid player. It views ...more
Shawn Hurley
This had some very good things in it. It also had some error. Hull believes that not everyone is a disciple, or that disciples are made not born. All believers are followers of Christ and hence disciples. There is plenty to learn from Bill Hull's minstry and this is the third time I have read this thankfully I still have my original copy that I have marked out the complaints I have with his teaching. ...more
Dani Pop
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was ok
Didn't believe that there are books about pastoral ministry out there that almost say that knowing some philosophy is more important than knowing the Bible, especially when that philosophy is one proposed by that very book (not really a philosophy, would say). Disappointed. ...more
Phil Whittall
May 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book (although with a new cover and updated) by Bill Hull caught my eye at a recent conference. Discipleship not conversion is the biggest challenge of our day, how to produce a church of people that don't merely give assent to Christ as their Saviour but follow Him as Lord.

Across 9 chapters and 300 pages Bill Hull works through the issue of disciple making. The book was first published in 1988 and in this revised and expanded edition we have the original text plus 'further reflections' fro
Nathan Good
In this book Bill Hull presents some really good ideas. He says himself that they are basic, but sometimes the basic is not so obvious and sometimes the application is not so basic. One thing that definitely gives him some more credibility is the fact that he has already used this system and it is working well. I definitely believe that he based his theories off of correct ideas. One of these is the idea that the main purpose of the church is evangelism and therefore this should also be the main ...more
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
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This one was difficult because I agreed with his thesis, but disagreed with a lot of points on how to get there.

There should not be a difference between a disciple and a Christian. I agree those terms should be synonymous.

He them proceeds to give a TON of power and authority to churches and pastors. He thinks pastors should only be seminary trained, that the authority of the church should not be questioned, that people in charge of the church are the ones responsible for discipling.

I disagree. P
David Cowpar
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
So I've been reading this with a specific view in mind, and for that it has been really helpful.

However, the language used is quite business-like. The author constantly refers to the disciple-making process as 'the product', which is very off-putting.

However, it is full of great insight into what a church needs to do to be the people who produce disciples as Jesus commanded.
The author basis these around four things Jesus said, comprising of six phases or steps on the road to being a mature, disc
Dennis Thurman
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
A vital study--a must read for pastors and other church leaders.
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good follow-up to "Jesus Christ Disciple Maker" ...more
Todd Harrison
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Pastors
Recommended to Todd by: Stephen Michel
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challenging book on the biblical philosophy of reaching the world through training disciples.
There are some good concepts in this book but it seems to be written form a very male centric perspective
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Bill’s passion is to help the church return to its disciple making roots and he considers himself a discipleship evangelist. This God-given desire has manifested itself in 20 of pastoring and the authorship of many books. Two of his more important books, Jesus Christ Disciple Maker, and The Disciple Making Pastor, have both celebrated 20 years in print. Add his third in the popular trilogy, The Di ...more

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“The morality of need. The pastor preaches to minds that believe bigger is better; the more spectacular the more important; the most important thing about life is that it is enjoyed; basic needs are a nice home, two cars, a three-week paid vacation, several weekends away; life has cheated you unless you have a Caribbean cruise, a DVD player, and an iPod. People have a corrupted sense of need. Needs become values, they take on their own morality. The language of need has replaced the language of greed.” 2 likes
“Evangelicals are too easily duped by the latest way to reach people, whether it be the Internet, nifty brochures, or musical extravaganzas. The entire approach puts more responsibility on the leadership to be creative and raise funds than it does on the members of the church to effectively penetrate their worlds for Christ.” 1 likes
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