Oakdale Church is partnering with the Holy Spirit to
Send Out 1,200 Disciple-Makers by December 31, 2022
After much prayer and discernment, Oakdale's leaders launched a 5-year disciple-making initiative at the beginning of 2018. This impossible-without-God's-help goal isn't about meeting some kind of numerical "quota." It's about faithfully doing our part to fulfill Jesus' Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20:
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
To measure progress toward this Wildly Important Goal (WIG), we are tracking several practices that are consistently found in the lives of ordinary believers who are making many disciples in Spirit-led movements all over the globe:
Time spent in prayer with one or more other believers, hopefully including around disciple-making.
Listen to people's struggles, hopes, doubts and dreams; connect them with God's story or your faith story; and/or pray for them on the spot. Something more than just saying, "God bless you."
Invitations to Discovery Groups
We demonstrate faithfulness as disciple-makers by identifying and inviting spiritually hungry people to discover God in the Bible. Their response is not our responsibility; only the Holy Spirit can draw them.
Discovery Groups Started
If someone accepts your invitation to do a Discovery Group (and hopefully invites some friends or family members), you can model how to facilitate a couple times, but then step back and coach them. The real leader must be the Holy Spirit; we can't control whether a group folds or becomes a simple church.
Trained in Disciple-Making Movements
Oakdale periodically offers free, 8-week training sessions in-person or via Zoom for anyone, anywhere, who wants to learn and practice the 7 elements that "raise the sails" for a Disciple-Making Movement.
Total Disciple Makers
If you are engaging in any of the above activities and sharing about what God is doing in and through you via our online form or an in-person or video story, then Oakdale considers you a disciple-maker!
The fact is, however, if we are successful and multiply disciples to the 2nd, 3rd or 4th generations throughout our community, state, country and the world, we won't be able to track them all—but we will surely have exceeded our goal for the sake of God's Kingdom and His glory!