8: Episode 8 – Ken Adams

In this week’s episode, Andy and Mark talk with Ken Adams, the Lead Pastor of Crossroads Church in Newnan, Georgia. Ken is also the founder and director of Impact Disciples.
During our discussion, Ken mentioned the book, Good to Great by Jim Collins.
Ken says if we are going to have disciple-making churches, we must:
  1. Define our target
  2. Determine our strategy 
  3. Design disciple making environments 
  4. Develop leaders 


  • “I knew God was calling me into ministry, and there were three things I didn’t want to do. I didn’t want to be a senior pastor. I didn’t want to be in a baptist church… and I didn’t want to be in the South. So, for the last thirty years, I have been a senior pastor in a baptist church in the South.” 
  • “We have said from day one we want to figure out what it meant to be a disciple making church. That’s what we have been swinging at now really for thirty years… How to do life and ministry the way that Jesus did.”
  • “Sometimes when you don’t see the results fast enough, you change too quickly and change too much.”
  • “Jesus started the Church the way He wanted it, and now He wants the Church the way He started it.”
  • “Fully trained is not the same thing as fully developed… I will submit to you that when Jesus left His disciples, they were fully trained, but I will also submit to you they were far from being fully developed.”
  • “Discipleship is not something we add on to what we do. Discipleship is what we do.”
  • “The greatest expression of bringing God glory is completing the work that He gave me to do.”
  • “Find a group of people. Pour your life into them. Do that every year, over and over again. Challenge those people to go out and reproduce. If you just keep doing that over and over again, you are going to get to the end of your life and you are going to be able to say, to be able to pray, ‘Father, I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work You gave me to do.”

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