Jesus Never Planted Churches

Jesus was a disciplemaker. He never planted churches. That was not His focus. That’s not why He came.

The starting of local gatherings of believers that meet together on Sundays for worship and teaching was not the intended result of Jesus’ earthly ministry.

Jesus didn’t come to earth to start churches!Jesus came to make disciples who make disciples!
Jesus came to earth on a rescue mission to redeem a people for God’s pleasure. (Lk 4:18-19, Lk 19:10, Eph 1:4-7, 1 Pet 2:9-10)

Jesus came to make disciples who would make disciples who would make disciples.

Local churches are a means to the end of multiplying disciples of all nations that will one day worship the King around the throne! (Rev 7:9-10)

We see throughout the gospels that His focus was disciplemaking. He concludes His earthly mission by sending His disciples to make disciples.

The priority of the church is making disciples, not starting more churches.

Local churches are groups of disciplemakers that band together to disciple the nations right where they are. They embrace the cross, experience community, and engage the culture with the message of the gospel – making disciples who make disciples.

The result of local churches making disciples is the launching of more groups of disciplemakers sent to disciple the nations.

What if we stopped focusing on starting churches and trying to get people to go to church services?

What if we relentlessly focused on making disciples who make disciples?

That’s what Jesus did! And the result was the multiplication of churches on mission with Jesus multiplying disciples all over the Roman empire and beyond!

Today’s Missional Challenge

Follow Jesus by making disciples who make disciples who make disciples. The result will be bands of disciplemakers multiplying disciplemakers all over the place.


Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
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  1. Sydney
    Sydney says:

    This is such an obvious truth: Jesus didn't call us to start churches, He called us to make disciples! Yes, a church is the end goal, but you can't even get there without making disciples! We must take one step at a time in order to reach the final goal. I'm just reminded of how important it is to have people who can see the big picture as well as people who see all the little details inside the big picture.

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