On Disciple-Making

Discipleship talk is always trending in church leadership meetings, small group discussions, and conferences on the Christian faith.   Yet, a fresh wave of thoughts and focus on disciple-making has arrived. More and more churches are framing fresh congregational vision and mission statements with this purpose of disciple-making in mind.  But how does a community of people growing in their own journey of Jesus-followership make new followers of Jesus?

Many of the churches mentioned above are creating core action steps—usually five or four—as the means to making these new disciples.  Across denominational lines and in young church plants with no denominational ties, action words like “Worship. Study. Serve. Pray.”, are appearing on these communities’ websites.  Your community might be one of them.  This big discipleship-making conversation and focus many of us are having is good, but I hope we don’t forget an important point.

Jesus, as the four gospels teach us, talked about possessions/stewardship/giving more than love, prayer, and other theological topics.   Why?  Jesus taught what he hoped his listeners would practice.  He taught words and messages giving hope and new life to the soul.  He taught his listeners how to be truly human, and today, His good news lives on and gives us the opportunity to trust our existences to His radical love and teachings.   Conclusively, Jesus’ extensive teaching on money requires disciples to re-think their relationship with money and steward their possessions in a new way.  How is your church community helping students of Jesus live the new way?

Your church community needs to be teaching on possessions/stewardship/giving as much as Jesus did.  This ministry is essential to disciple-making.  In other words, if you are focused on making disciples, you should be highly focused on making generous people.

What are your church’s core action steps for making disciples?  Is generosity one of your top four or five?  What can you do in the next 30 days to launch a deeper generosity-making initiative in your congregation?

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