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Book Recommendation: Contagious Disciple Making

In Contagious Disciple Making, David and Paul Watson (father and son, working for CityTeam), write about some very practical steps that all of us can take toward seeing more people become disciples of Jesus. This is a book about very big ideas—seeing rapid multiplication of believers as thousands or millions turn to Christ and then reproduce themselves. The stories are exciting and the Watsons’ make a compelling case for why every believer should want to be a part of a contagious movement. Additionally, they give ideas about the small things that we can do in our everyday lives to set the stage for a larger move of God. It’s a book about large-scale transformation, but the focus is on the very small, practical steps that lead to that kind of change.

The heart of the book is a particular method (the Discovery Bible Study), and the authors make a strong case for keeping our disciple making strategies simple and scripture based. At the same time, they recognize the creativity of God in using many different ways of communicating with us. I especially appreciated the focus on prayer and the helpful tools that they suggest for increasing personal and corporate prayer for our communities.

Read this book if you want to make disciples but aren’t sure where to start. Let us know what you try and what works well for you and doesn’t. Let’s keep learning about discipleship together.

– Tom, Asia regional director