David Watson retired from Cityteam Ministries in May 2017, where he served as Vice President of Global Church Planting.  His primary responsibility was to catalyze Disciple Making Movements (aka Church Planting Movements) in difficult to reach people groups, cities and countries around the world.  The primary methodology used was the training of local leaders in Disciple Making Movements, which includes evangelism and disciple making, church planting, leadership, church planting strategies and church planting movements.  God has used the leaders David trained to start over 200,000 churches in the past 25 years, and more than 6 million people have been baptized as a result of God’s moving in the areas where trained local workers have devoted themselves to God’s work. David has been instrumental in starting 72 movements globally.

David and his wife, Jan, were married in 1973.  They served as Church Planters and Strategy Coordinators for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention from October 1985 to March 1999.  They have lived and worked in Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Asia, Singapore, and the United States of America.  Prior to joining the International Mission Board, David and Jan served as missionaries working with hearing impaired people in Texas.  David has also served in pastoral roles in seven churches as Minister to the Deaf, Associate Pastor, or Senior Pastor.

David and Jan have been involved in unreached people work since 1986.  They are among the pioneers of the non-residential missionary movement, strategy coordinator methodologies, and the focus on the unreached peoples of the world.  They continue their personal involvement in this ministry and church planting.

In the performance of his duties, David has been responsible for starting two mission agencies that focus on unreached peoples and Church Planting Movements.  He has also been involved in starting three companies to provide platforms for missionaries and support for missions.

David and Jan have two sons, Paul (born 1978) and Jonathan (born 1982).  Their long-term plans are to continue facilitating the development of church planting movements among the unreached peoples of the world, and training personnel in church planting movement methodologies.  Both sons are involved in these plans.

David founded Asian Partners International, Inc., in 1991.  He served as the Chairman of the Board until 1 March 2008.  Before joining CityTeam he also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer.  The stated purpose of APII is to start Church Planning Movements in the restricted access countries of Asia.

David also does consulting work with churches and mission agencies involved in difficult to reach areas around the world.  He has been involved in developing strategies and training personnel for Central and South America, West Africa, East Africa, Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and North America.  David has conducted training in more than 100 countries around the world.  Church Planters and administrators from more than one hundred sixty-seven countries have attended his training sessions.

In partnership with his son, Paul, David co-authored Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others on a Journey of Discovery.  This book sets out the core values of Disciple Making Movements, and helps those interested in movement to take their first steps to seeing thousands come to Christ.

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  1. Hi. Great resources. thanks you!
    Any idea if your discovery bible studies have been translated into Indonesian (and if where I might get access to them)? Thanks!

    1. Thanks so much for your interest in translating my books into Urdu. Translation requests have to be from publishers, and sent directly to

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  2. Would you, please, explain how, among your 21 Critical Elements, you approach Inductive Bible study/teaching to various educational levels ranging from illiterate to those who enjoy reading scripture. As a missionary in Kenya, it is a rare “pastor” who has any formal education above high school.

    Finally, the Inductive Bible study, how much emphasis is placed here and how in-depth do you get, even among the most educated, in hermeneutics?

    1. Would you please let me know in what portions you have taught to let the sricpture passages beeing read? In the book “contagious disciple making” on page 235 are 26 scripture passages mentioned.
      Thank you

  3. I’d like to subscribe to your blog and be able to download more information on DBS. We are currently doing a DBS with friends. Would love more resources. I don’t see a link to subscribe. Could you email me with details? Thanks.

      1. Hello,
        My pastor in Middle TN was hoping to contact you. He has been reading about what you are doing and telling our church about it for a couple of years, now. I’m one of the young men he is discipling. There isn’t a contact form on this site, but I see that you answer comments. Could you help me? Thank you!

        Reese Thompson

  4. Hello David,
    I hope you’re doing well. I have two questions: 1. Would you have a list of strategic prayer items for a non local prayer team? 2. Are there other “worldview DBS lists” like the Discovering God list in Miraculous Movements, meant for non believers? Blessings

  5. Mr. Watson,
    I am interested in doing some interviews with you regarding church planting and how to disciple new Christians. I do not see any contact information on your website. Is there a way I could get in touch with you to see if you’d be interested in meeting with me?

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