What does success look like? (Discipleship: Part 4 of 5)

Daniel Rieke

[See part 1, part 2 and part 3 in this series of posts on Discipleship for more info.]


What does success look like?

It’s easy to get overwhelmed at the thought of diving into discipleship relationships, particularly if you struggle with inadequacy. It’s easy to get discouraged if you don’t feel gifted enough to disciple like this guy or that lady or such and such famous pastor. The good news is that each of us is simply called to be faithful to minister where God leads us and trust the results to Him. We don’t need to try to be any of person or look to others’ faithfulness and the measuring stick for our faithfulness (see 1 Cor. 3:1-15).

So the question I want to ask and answer in this blog post is a VERY important question: “What does success look like in discipleship?”

1. Faithfulness

  • Rely on the Spirit’s leading. Trust Him to bring change. Simply be faithful to respond in obedience to how the Lord leads you to minister to the men and women in your care.

2. Presence

  • Being reliably “there for them”. You’d be amazed just how far this “ministry of presence” will go in impacting people for the kingdom in discipling relationships.

3. Humility

  • God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble (enough said). We don’t have it all figured out, but we serve the One who does. It’s important to keep that in mind when discipling others.

4. Selflessness

  • Putting others’ needs above your own; being about their transformation will likely transform you.

5. Love well

  • Be encouraging and kind, and yet also don’t be afraid to speak the truth in love, not allowing them stay comfortable or complacent in their pursuit of Christ

6. Gospel-centered

  • Without the gospel, we tend towards legalism, moralism or depression. Jesus is and must always be the focus.

7. Faithfulness

  • Ultimately, success is defined as being faithful to what God has called you to do and to simply trust Him with the results AND with the process.



Good books to check out on discipleship:

The Trellis & The Vine by Marshall & Payne

The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman