Six Questions on a Thursday to Clarity Your Discipleship
I just rediscovered a book on my shelf that I don’t know how it came into my possession. It is a review copy of Glenn McDonald’s The Disciple Making Church: From Dry Bones to Spiritual Vitality. Here are six questions from the opening chapter of his book worth discussion on how to evaluate our maturity as disciples.
- Who is your Lord?
- Who are you?
- Who is your Barnabas?
- Who is your Timothy?
- Where is your Antioch?
- Where is your Macedonia?
McDonald asks a significant clarifying question at the beginning of his book. “What if we asked a different set of questions? What would our churches look like if, more than anything, we valued a particular set of redemptive relationships?” (p. xiii)
Having just finished training church planters in New York with Dynamic Church Planting International (DCPI), I was struck by how many of McDonald’s questions corresponded to the principles approach that we took with the training of leaders.
- Question one gets at “The Boss Principle” – who rules the life and sets the agenda? (DCPI #1)
- Question two gets at “The Power Principle” – who is the source of your life? (DCPI #2, also #10)
- Question three gets at “Barnabas Principle” – who is building into your life? (DCPI #3)
- Question four gets at “The Leadership Principle” – whose life or lives are you building into? (DCPI #7)
- Question five gets at “The Team Leader Principle” – who is in the small circle of friends helping you to discern God’s direction in your life? (DCPI #5)
- Question six gets at “The Mission Principle” – where is God calling you to take the gospel? (DCPI #6, also #11)
- The “Principles” approach of DCPI* is a better way to train church planters than a “Models” approach.
- Answering these six questions would go a long way to refining our discipleship processes in our churches.
- I want to urge all my readers to answer these six questions. Maybe get away for a prayer retreat to answer them and plan a strategy for how you will continue to answer them for a lifetime.
Consider yourself urged.
And, by the way, if I could help facilitate your retreat, I am available almost any weekend. Just give me a call.
* Dynamic Church Planting International, founded by Paul Becker in 1994, trains church planters around the world. Every track of training begins with a 75 minute session on twelve principles that are the foundation of dynamic church planting efforts of church planting movements around the world.