And After A Disciple Has Been Made? Then What?

wtf-pics-bridge-is-outMany propositions have been put forth regarding when a disciple can be considered as “made.”  After all, Jesus told us to “go and make disciples,” and the most natural assumptions are that we can, and should make them.  Of course, this begs the question, how do we know when they’re made, and what to do with them afterwards.  I could give an overview of the various viewpoints here, but I’d just like to throw out a raw question:



What is the church’s responsibility after the disciple has been made? 



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  1. David Woods says:

    It seems after the making of a disciple, it’s no longer a “church’s responsibility to the disciple thing, but more of a brother/sister in Christ’s responsibility to each other thing. This being clearly defined throughout Scripture (too many references to list) as a responsibility to exhort, encourage, entreat and sometimes admonish, reprimand, and rebuke whenever the need arises, and the time is right (and the Holy Spirit leads).

    We must all remain humble enough to be both the admonisher and the admonishee at times, and never be high-minded enough to consider ourselves or others to be always one or the other.

    • Miguel says:


      I did say the church’s, not a church’s, to me at least, there’s a huge difference.

      But yes, all of those other edifying and unifying actions should continue regardless of whether or not we want to call someone a “made” disciple.

      • David Woods says:

        Well, my real point was that it be with the inclusion OF the made disciple, and with the knowledge that God just may work through them too (for their own benefit if nothing else) as they become spiritually ready.

  2. Laurie Norris says:

    A disciple shares in the life of the body. Responsibility is a part of life.

  3. Marshall says:

    “go and make learners [disciples] of/in all nations.”

    A bit of a mind-bender, making learners (especially relating to adults).
    In one sense, accomplished from the moment the man or woman is demonstrating that they are able to learn; able to be a disciple; enabled to follow Christ.
    Yet, our full ability to be learners can potentially be hindered or challenged over time.
    Shall we say as much as: a confirmation of verity (confirming actions demonstrating a learning from God) along with maintenance prn? Both accomplished and being accomplished.

  4. Marshall says:

    the ekklesia is itself a living, learning experience. But then, so also would be all our life together in Christ. So then, if ekklesia/church convenes for 14+ hours per month, and with roughly 500 waking hours per disciple in each new month, the ekklesia gathering would be about 3%-5% of potential time together in Christ. A small but significant portion of time.
    Yet, to nearby members (of His Body), the “responsibility” becomes relatively much greater..

  5. Abrown says:

    Feed them! Equip them to disciple others.

  6. Tobie says:

    Go and make learners, and then teach them. The idea that a “disiciple” is the product of teaching and not the starting point thereof is (in my mind) erroneous and undermines the intention of the great commission. Teaching can only start when one has first been made a “learner”. If not, you will not be receptive to any teaching. Christ does not want spiritual supermen. He wants children at his feet. This is the intention of Matt 28:19-20. We remain learners until he comes back, and increasingly we become doers of that which we have learned. So I don’t think the church has any other responsibility than to “teach to obey” after the attitude of a learner has been established.

  7. Tom Schultz says:

    While I have heard that you are done making a disciple when that individual begins making another disciple, I can’t buy the idea that you are ever ‘done’ with a disciple…implying that you can now ignore that one and get on to making some more.

  8. Frank says:

    The rest of Matthew 28: “teach them everything I’ve commanded”. You can’t expect to finish that before a disciple is “made” and the tense of Matthew 28 implies that “made” happens when baptized. To learn everything Jesus commanded is a lifelong pursuit that relies on the “one another” relationships that church provides.

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