Creating Paths for Transformational Conversion

The Church Discipleship Matrix


  • Frank Liesen


The Great Commission and the command to make disciples of all nations is the church’s call into the world until the end of the age. Hence, a core component of evangelical mission work, whether at home or abroad, has been to foster transformational conversions. A multi-case study of three German church plants with high conversion growth reveals intriguing patterns of diffusing the gospel in an adverse, secular context. The corresponding ministry practices offer new insights that can aid in fulfilling Christ’s commission into the world. Out of this research, the Church Discipleship Matrix emerged for assessing local churches and their ministry practices. Applying the Church Discipleship Matrix as a creative self-evaluation tool will spark innovative ideas and assist in recontextualizing diffusional patterns to enable transformational conversions and reach people with the Good News.