The Evangelistically Healthy Church

6 Actions Leaders Can Take To Lower Their Church Conversion Ratio

On average, it takes 50 church members a year to lead one person to Jesus.

Thom Rainer suggests that an evangelistically healthy “church conversion ratio” (CCR) is about 20:1 (that is, 20 church members leading one person to Jesus per year).

Less than 5% of churches in the U.S. hit this particular target.

But is it possible to move closer to, say, a 3:1 church conversion ratio? Or (and this is really going to blow your mind), what about a 1:3 church conversion ratio?

Imagine every member in your church making at least one disciple each year! 

What would it take to get there? 

How To Become A Disciple-Making Church

What This One Bible Verse Says Has The Power To Transform Your Church

Most churches in the United States are declining or dying. While there are a variety of reasons, the simple explanation is that many churches are not proclaiming the gospel or making disciples.

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Thankfully, the Bible gives us ample instruction and encouragement to become powerful witnesses and grow our churches once again. In fact, there’s one verse that sums up what it will take to become a disciple-making church:

Mark 4 Discussion Guide for Disciple Makers

12 More Questions To Guide A New Disciple Towards Maturity

discussion-guide-for-disciplers-markThis is the fourth post in a series of discussion guides on Mark’s Gospel that can be used by disciple makers with new disciples. These questions are intended to help a new disciple learn how to study the Bible and apply the Word to his or her life.

Click to download a free PDF of these questions.

Discussion Guide For Disciple Makers (Mark 4:1-41)

  1. [v. 1] From the last couple of chapters, what have we learned about the crowds and why they are following Jesus at this point? What is He doing to draw such large crowds?
  2. [v. 2] What is a parable? What was Jesus’ purpose in teaching the crowds in parables?
  3. [vv. 3-9] Does anything about this parable bother you? Was this the typical farming practice in the first century?
  4. [vv. 10-12] To whom is Jesus willing to reveal the “secret of the kingdom of God”? Why is He intentionally secretive with the crowds?
  5. [vv. 13-20] If you hadn’t read Jesus’ explanation of the Parable of the Sower, would you have been able to come up with these four explanations on your own? How would you explain this parable in your own words?
  6. [vv. 21-25] What is Jesus’ point about the light and standard of measure? What is the application to your life as a follower of Jesus?
  7. [vv. 26-29] What does the Parable of the Growing Seed tell us about our role in evangelism? What is God’s role?
  8. [vv. 30-32] How does the Parable of the Mustard Seed give us hope that God’s kingdom will advance?
  9. [vv. 33-34] Jesus explained everything to His own disciples. How does that inform your agenda as a disciple and as a disciple maker? Was Jesus’ secretive teaching temporary? Or should we be teaching the same way today?
  10. [vv. 35-41] How does the story about the fierce windstorm reveal Jesus as human and as divine? Why do you think Jesus’ disciples were terrified to discover Jesus’ power over the wind and waves?
  11. What is the most remarkable thing you learned about Jesus in this chapter?
  12. What does this chapter inspire you to do to be more like Jesus?

Additional Resources

You can find the other discussion guides here as they come available (about one a week): Mark 1 | Mark 2 | Mark 3 | Mark 4 | Mark 5 | Mark 6 | Mark 7 | Mark 8 | Mark 9 | Mark 10 | Mark 11 | Mark 12 | Mark 13 | Mark 14 | Mark 15 | Mark 16

Mark 3 Discussion Guide for Disciple Makers

12 More Questions To Guide A New Disciple Towards Maturity

discussion-guide-for-disciplers-markThis is the third post in a series of discussion guides on Mark’s Gospel that can be used by disciple makers with new disciples. These questions are intended to help a new disciple learn how to study the Bible and apply the Word to his or her life.

Click to download a free PDF of these questions.

Discussion Guide For Disciple Makers (Mark 3:1-35)

  1. [vv. 1-2] Why do you think the Pharisees in the synagogue were watching Jesus closely? What were they hoping to accuse Jesus of doing?
  2. [vv. 3-5] Before Jesus heals the man’s hand, what argument does He make for doing good on the Sabbath?
  3. What does Jesus’ power to heal reveal about Him? When Jesus said, “Stand before us” to the man with the paralyzed hand, what was His purpose?
  4. [v. 6] What is significant about the fact that Pharisees and Herodians are plotting together to destroy Jesus?
  5. [vv. 7-12] Verses 7-12 summarize Jesus’ popularity. What are some reasons Jesus silences the unclean spirits when they truthfully cry out that He is the Son of God?
  6. [vv. 13-19] Jesus hand picks His disciples and names them apostles. What does He appoint them to do and what can we learn about our own path for following Jesus?
  7. [vv. 20-22] Since becoming a Christ follower, have you suffered rejection from family or friends? How have you handled that? Does it help to know that even Jesus was considered crazy by His family at first?
  8. [vv. 23-30] How does Jesus respond to the charge that He is Beelzebul and that He has an unclean spirit? What point does He make to the scribes?
  9. What does it mean to blaspheme against the Holy Spirit?
  10. [vv. 31-35] How does Jesus describe His true family? What is the application to your life personally?
  11. What is the most remarkable thing you learned about Jesus in this chapter?
  12. What does this chapter inspire you to do to be more like Jesus?

Additional Resources

You can find the other discussion guides here as they come available (about one a week): Mark 1 | Mark 2 | Mark 3 | Mark 4 | Mark 5 | Mark 6 | Mark 7 | Mark 8 | Mark 9 | Mark 10 | Mark 11 | Mark 12 | Mark 13 | Mark 14 | Mark 15 | Mark 16

Mark 2 Discussion Guide for Disciple Makers

12 More Questions To Guide A New Disciple Towards Maturity

discussion-guide-for-disciplers-markThis is the second post in a series of discussion guides on Mark’s Gospel that can be used by disciple makers with new disciples. These questions are intended to help a new disciple learn how to study the Bible and apply the Word to his or her life.

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Discussion Guide For Disciple Makers (Mark 2:1-28)

  1. Jesus’ popularity has grown so much that when He returns home to Capernaum many people gathered to see and hear Him. By way of review, what were some of the things Jesus did in chapter 1 that led to this explosive popularity?
  2. Four men bring a paralyzed man to Jesus. What were the obstacles in their way and what were they willing to do to get to Jesus? Why?
  3. What is the significance of Jesus telling the paralyzed man that his sins are forgiven? Why not just heal him?
  4. What evidence does Jesus give that He is the Son of God in verses 1-12?
  5. Why does Jesus refer to Himself as the Son of Man when Mark wants us to see Him as God’s Son (see Mark 1:1)?
  6. Jesus chose a tax collector named Levi (or Matthew) to follow Him. What does this tell us about who God chooses? What does it tell us about who we should share Jesus with?
  7. What can we learn about following Jesus from Levi’s response?
  8. When Jesus responds to the critical scribes and Pharisees (verse 17) He gives an explanation for why He came. As His follower, how does Jesus’ purpose influence our purpose?
  9. What is the point Jesus is making about fasting in verses 18-22 in His explanation of grooms, garments, and wineskins?
  10. What is the appropriate way to view the Sabbath according to Jesus?
  11. What is the most remarkable thing you learned about Jesus in this chapter?
  12. What does this chapter inspire you to do to be more like Jesus?

Additional Resources

You can find the other discussion guides here as they come available (about one a week): Mark 1 | Mark 2 | Mark 3 | Mark 4 | Mark 5 | Mark 6 | Mark 7 | Mark 8 | Mark 9 | Mark 10 | Mark 11 | Mark 12 | Mark 13 | Mark 14 | Mark 15 | Mark 16

Mark 1 Discussion Guide For Disciple Makers

12 Questions You Can Use To Guide A New Disciple Towards Maturity

The Bible is the best resource for disciple makers. And the Gospel of Mark is my favorite place to start a discussion with a new disciple.

discussion-guide-for-disciplers-markThere are a lot of helpful resources available to help disciple makers guide a disciple in his new walk with Jesus.

Some resources are for the disciple maker.

Books, sermons, podcasts, conferences, and blog posts are easily accessible online to help a disciple make disciples.

Other resources are for the brand new disciple.

Again, there is no shortage of books, articles, booklets, and online resources to help a disciple grow.

But the greatest foundation is laid when a disciple maker and a new disciple meet face-to-face and work through a passage of Scripture together. Studying the Bible is not the only skill a new disciple needs to develop, but it is essential.