Responsibility for the Great Commission

Whose responsibility is disciplemaking?

People with the spiritual gift of evangelism will undoubtedly be impassioned and gravitate toward it more readily. However, that does not excuse you from making His mission your mission. The Apostle Paul challenged Timothy, who probably did not have the gift of evangelism, to nonetheless "do the work of an evangelist" (2 Tim. 4:5).
Leaders of outreach ministries within the church will undoubtedly spend more time focused on it. However, if the Church's purpose is to love God and love people, then part of reaching that purpose requires making disciples ... people who love God and love people. Jesus came to "seek and save what was lost" (Lk. 19:10) to bring them into a love relationship with the Father. How, then, can this ultimate objective not be brought into consideration in what leaders of any type of ministry do?
Church leaders without the gift of evangelism and who do not direct outreach ministries within the church are still responsible to fulfill the Great Commission. Evangelism is just one aspect of it. The commission also includes baptism and teaching which means helping people not only come into a relationship with the Lord but also to align with and obey Him ... that He is both Savior and Lord. To neglect this objective, you might as well be a leader in a secular organization.
As a leader you are responsible to:
  • personally obey the commands of God -- You too must "go and make disciples."
  • be an example to those in your sphere of influence -- You will model what it means to "go and make disciples."
  • shepherd (teach and guide) the flock -- You will disciple others to obey all that Jesus commanded, which includes to "go and make disciples."
To Read: As a leader you must understand both the outreach and shepherding aspects of making disciples. Take time to work your way through these sections in the site. As you read, think through how it fits into your role as a leader. Click on the links below for the overview of the sections and then proceed through all the pages in these sections.
Outreach Ministry
Shepherding Ministry
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