This Statement On Discipleship Scares Me As A Pastor



What is a disciple?

  • “…one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another” – (Merriam/Webster)
  • “…implies that the person not only accepts the views of the teacher, but that he is also in practice an adherent…”  (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)

Every two weeks I meet with a couple of  Pastor friends. We have been working through material from Lifeway Resources and the heart of all our conversations is our desire to see people grow as disciples.  In a world of great distractions, sporadic church attendance and less Scriptural knowledge it’s quite a challenge.  None of us are happy with our discipleship process which brings me to this statement which I read last week:

“For a Church to be deficient in discipleship is to be deficient in its fundamental reason for existence.  If an organization is careless in its core reason for existence, it doesn’t matter if the organization excels at other things.” (Transformational Discipleship)

There’s a wake up call for you!!!!

Jesus said; “What will it benefit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his life?” (Matthew 16:26) 

What benefit is there in having a “rockin” church but lose on discipleship?

You’ve probably heard it said that business evaluation begins with two questions:

  • What your business?
  • How’s business?

Our business is making disciples, plain and simple.

How’s business? Now that’s another question.

I see people in our congregation concerned about sharing their faith with family and friends.  I see the “one another’s” being practiced as regular part of our church life. But when it comes to having a specific plan as to how you grow as a disciple in our church we in the words of the above quote are “deficient”.

We have plans in place to begin to rectify the situation and we are not looking at a short term fix but a system overhaul that will bring unity to our efforts and provide a path forward.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

Here’s to better discipleship making.

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