Category Archives of : Multiplication

Develop Leaders

You Can Develop a Leader In Your Small Group!

Developing A Leader Isn’t An Option Moses, one of God’s champion leaders, prioritized the development of leaders. That priority was significant for the young nation of Israel, as Moses died just before leading them into the promised land. Moses’ investment into developing Joshua as a leader was a key component of Israel’s success. Like Moses, […]


BBQ, Grandma and the impact of discipleship

BBQ Kansas City Style I’m not a native of Kansas City but I’ve lived here now for over 9 years and it feels like home.  One of the things that Kansas City is known for is its BBQ.  One local restaurant that is very well known is called Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Que.  I have eaten there […]

Fast Lane Discipleship

Making Disciples & The Fast Lane

Is it really faster in the fast lane? Jesus tells us to love everyone. The Late-Merger makes this a significant challenge for me. You have probably experienced the late-merger yourself.  Let’s say you are driving down a two lane highway and see a sign telling you to merge due to traffic being reduced to one […]

Don't Change my small group

Don’t Change My Small Group!

People who love their small group want that group to stay the same forever.  This is true for long-time, mission-minded followers of Jesus just as much as it is for people who are experiencing the power of group for the first time. I was reminded of this last week when one of the most mission-minded […]

Smartphones, Apps, and Spiritual Next Steps…

Smartphones, their operating systems, and the revolutionary idea of allowing individuals to create apps to work in that system provides a compelling picture of what Westside’s Next Steps process has been designed to do.   In short, each Christ-follower has a unique spiritual code written into them before they are born. Our Next Steps process is […]

Disciple Making

Creating a Disciple Making System In Your Church

Four years ago I “faced the brutal facts” about disciple making in our church. We were adding new groups. We were even making disciples. However, we had failed to create a disciple making system that made reproducing disciples. Hundreds of reproducing leaders have been developed since that painful moment. Our disciple making movement is growing […]

Stories of Impact - Angie Bartlett

Overcoming your fears to make disciples

Stories of Impact – Angie Bartlett Angie Bartlett is the director of spiritual growth at The Summit in Lees Summit, MO. From being fearful Angie, like so many people in ministry, have a desire to see disciples being made but struggle with that internal fear of “Will I succeed? And if not, what does that look […]

Building up an excess of leaders

Building up an excess of leaders

Building up a few leaders The two current catalytic studies in Disciples Made are intended for the building up of leaders in your church.  Disciples Made is all about making disciples who make disciples.  However the process is not easy and it’s definitely not fast.  Westside Family Church in Kansas City, KS has been using these […]

Leading a Small Group & Making Disciples: Same thing or not?

“A square is a rectangle, but a rectangle isn’t always a square.” Math was not my thing. I barely survived Algebra II! Somehow, this truth from geometry sticks with me. I believe it also can help us get a handle on whether or not leading a small group is the same as making disciples. Every […]

“Worth the pain.” The power of multiplication in small groups.

I have been in small groups almost all of my life.  I have heard about the importance of multiplying small groups for at least half of that time.  I even started speaking about how important it was and how to do it… but I had never done it successfully.  My teenage son calls that an […]