Make Disciples? Great Q’s for churches:
I’m hearing this statement more and more: “I don’t know how to disciple someone, I’ve never been discipled myself.” The good things about this statement is that we’re owning the mission of making disciples more than ever before. It’s not just the Pastor’s job. The Great Commission was meant for every believer. The bad thing about the statement is that we think of discipling as very difficult and complicated. For Jesus it meant building relationships, calling people to a new way to live, teaching them the basics, sending them out to try it themselves, debriefing, walking, doing it again. It was a fluid motion, not a curriculum set. I loved the three questions in this article by Mike Breen:
- How am I defining Disciple?
- Am I separating mission from discipleship?
- Am I making this way too complicated?
Great Questions for church leaders and I appreciate Mike’s responses as well.
Christianity is in decline in North America partially because we aim at great churches instead of great disciples. Disciple making will lead to great churches. I think we’re coming to the conclusion that vice versa doesn’t always apply.
I’m walking through a great resource right now dealing with these questions: Real Life Disicipleship by Jim Putman and Avery T. Willis. Love the tag – “Equipping Disciples Who Make Disciples.” Is your ministry model completing the process? Discipleship should lead to disciple makers. Or as I heard Don Wilton say, “The process of evangelism is not complete until the evangelized becomes the evangelist.” Also, picking up Mike Breen’s book on Kindle, Building a Discipleship Culture.
Also, check out this great list by Jason Dukes of recommended books for Disciple Makers.