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Live Like Jesus and the Apostles: How to Make Disciples — Part 3

Have you wondered what it was like to be an apostle of Jesus?  Living daily with him, learning from him, being his close friend. Watching him do miracles. Eventually, discovering that you can have a real impact in others’ lives and do the same things Jesus does. This current blog series on how to do disciplemaking like Jesus teaches you how to learn the basics of living that way. In this post, I answer many of the questions and concerns you’ve asked.  You can find my first post in this series here, and it has a link to the second post.

Thank you to new subscribers of my posts/updates by email or on my Facebook ministry page (https://www.facebook.com/MarkGardner.lifecoach).

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Transform Your Life & Church with Jesus’ Disciplemaking Method Part 2

Thanks again

Thank you for the helpful feedback on my first post on how Jesus trained disciples. It helps me help you. As before, the answers to questions require more space than I can provide in a few posts, so I’ll keep writing on disciplemaking, but the best way to learn more is to let me coach you and invite me to your church to present my free one-hour disciplemaking workshop.

I wanted to get this to you quickly, so didn’t take time to make a video version.  I’ll try to include that on the next post.

What was in Part 1?

In Part 1 (find it here), I shared how Jesus’ disciplemaking method transformed millions of lives and …

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How to Use Jesus’ Disciplemaking Method ~ Part 1

Jesus’ Disciplemaking Method Converted the Whole Roman Empire: Use it to Transform Your Life and Church

You can watch the video or read the text below–the content is the same.


Thanks for your excellent questions and comments in response to my last email. There is real interest in disciplemaking. Collectively, what people requested is more than I can provide in a couple of posts, so I’ll have to provide some answers in the free one-hour disciplemaking workshop that I am preparing. Until then, in this and my next post is information on Jesus’ method and why we need it.  Watch the video or read below—the content is the same.

I fear that the 80%of U.S. churches that are dying

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I’m Making Some Ministry Changes

Here’s a progress report on my life and ministry:

Book Revision Completed!

At last! After 6+ years of writing and rewriting, I sent my editor the last pages of my book on how to overcome life’s problems and live the Abundant Life Jesus promised. Titled Driving Through Heaven, I plan to publish it this January, 2015.The book will teach you all of God’s basic New Testament principles and skills for living in his Kingdom of Heaven on earth.

New Ministry Direction: Saving Dying Churches

God has directed me to expand my focus to saving as many churches as possible. With 90% of America’s churches in decline, the need is huge. I train pastors and congregations in Jesus’ method of …

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Why is the American Church Declining? – #5


This is the last of a series of five posts that explain why our traditional model of doing church has failed us, and that calls us to return to Jesus’ New Testament model, that was abandoned during the 3rd and 4th centuries, A.D.

The first post looked at the U.S. Church in transition and provided two basic reasons why the Church isn’t growing, and the second post examined how we came by the traditional model we have today. The third post listed many of the ways that the traditional model has failed and the fourth post cited specific ways the present model is not based on the New Testament.

It is …

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Why Is the American Church in Decline? And What Can We Do about It?

This is the first in a series of five posts that explain why our traditional model of doing church has failed us, and that calls us to return to Jesus’ New Testament model, that was abandoned during the 3rd and 4th centuries, A.D.

Why Is the American Church in Decline?


It seems that the Church decline in Western society is a good-news, bad-news thing. The bad news first: congregations are closing at a fast clip, overall church attendance is declining, and while many new churches are being planted in the U.S., most do not survive more than four years. In my denomination’s local district, we have closed two churches in two years, and based on …

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