Random thoughts on Life, Leadership, & Messy Spirituality

Rethinking Discipleship…

This comes from my friend Shawn Lovejoy, lead pastor of Mountain Lake church. It is so good & so true, I’m just re-posting this from his blog shawnlovejoy.com (check it out)

In order to be a disciple of Jesus and make disciples, most of us must ” rethink” in our minds what it means to be a disciple. Here are a few ways the Gospels help us rethink what it means to be a disciple.

To be and make disciples, we must:

  • Think process, not programs. Jesus didn’t use any programs to make disciples. He simply used proximity and consistency as his tools for discipleship. He did life with people, and poured His life into them. Proximity with Jesus and His people, consistently will produce a fully devoted disciple over time! Why can’t we keep it that simple?
  • Think fruit, not meat. Jesus didn’t focus on more information to make disciples. He focused on application, and being a DO-er of God’s Word, in terms of what it meant to be a disciple. He said that a true disciple is someone who hears God’s Word and puts it into practice. Most of us already know more than we will ever practice as a disciples. So what do you think we need to focus on? Practicing what we already know, not moving on to learn something NEW.
  • Think situational, not linear. People are not robots. They are not all the same. God created us all as individuals. Jesus didn’t call His disciples the same way or relate to all of them the same way. He treated them as individuals. Why, then would we make everyone move through the processes of discipleship the same way? Some are going to come to Christ through small groups. Some are going to come to Christ and grow in Him by serving others in the community or going around the world to help others. At our church, you can begin your spiritual journey at any point on the continuum. There is no prescribed order.
  • Think simple steps, not grand schemes. We tend to OVER-do discipleship as church leaders with intense charts and schemes. We tend to try to re-invent the wheel. What we need to do is keep it simple. At our church, that’s what we try to do. At our church, every step is a spiritual step, and we celebrate every one of them. What we celebrate communicates what we value. How do people in your church take simple steps of faith? How are they celebrated?

3 responses

  1. You are fully correct. I have not seen where Jesus said “turn to chapter 7 for todays lesson.” He met people where they were when doing ministry and talked to his disciples along the way as they did ministry together. Lives were changed over time by spending time. I have come to call it TruBromance. How can we speak to your men? Dan Bogdan, Tru Bromance Ministries

    May 2, 2011 at 11:31 am

  2. Kris

    “EPC…Church for people who don’t do church!”

    We are the church (!) and we are disciples doing God’s work every day at home, in Alabama and overseas.

    Go God!

    May 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm

  3. Jim Carr

    The day we are born,I believe that we become disciples of God.If we live each day as God designed us giving us a concience to live by,we are doing God’s work.

    May 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm

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