The Church is Anemic. We are called to make disciples. It is the one outcome that Jesus wants us to be working on as we go about all the stuff of life. Everything else is secondary. So what does it tell us that according to a Barna Group survey just two years ago . . … More The Discipleship Problem at Our Door
Abounding in Love Back in May, I had the privilege of preaching on Philippians 1:9-11, Paul’s prayer for the Philippians. Paul reveals the content of his prayer whenever he remembers the faithfulness of the Philippians. He starts with . . . “That your love may abound” Having an abounding love for people and for the … More Being Known for an Abounding Love
We are to become a people who live passionately for and like Jesus. If we aren’t becoming that, something is wrong. The C.S. Lewis quote above comes the article “True Conversion and Wholehearted Commitment: Foundations of Discipleship” by Thomas A. Tarrants, III, Directory of Ministry, C.S. Lewis Institute.
This story goes back about 20 years. “Who is ‘untouchable’ in your ministry—who wouldn’t you give away?” I was speaking at a conference for church planters. Our church had planted 7 churches in its first nine years and the conferees were eager to find out how. The question came … More Who is Untouchable in Your Ministry?
Recently, our church started to rethink how we are forming people in Christ, i.e. discipleship. As a part of that process I ran across one church’s description of The Chair The Row and the The Circle I thought it was very helpful but have expanded it for our purposes to The Chair The Row … More Rebooting Your Discipling Environments
Ministry Can be Exhausting. Many who start don’t finish. Many others who start well, don’t finish well. Too many fall by the way side because of faulty perspective on how to prepare and sustain long-term health in ministry. A little background to give context for this post. I have taught at three seminaries. The International … More Confession of a Church Planting Mentor
The Reason We Aren’t Making Disciples is Simple Go back and read chapter 3 in the Gospel of Mark again because it is a critical chapter in the book. One of the reasons it is so critical is the clarity of what discipleship looked like for the disciples. The verses to examine are 13-15. 13 And he … More The “With-ness” Principle
If you spend much time around as many churches as I do, you meet some truly great saints of God–men and women whose growth in grace inspires a longing for a deeper walk with Jesus in ways that jump start renewed zeal for holiness. At the church I planted in Bolingbrook, IL I met some … More Why are Christians So Immature?
We are always seeking to improve our process of making disciples. It is the task of the church so it makes sense that we would want to do it well so that the Savior receives all the glory and honor and worship that He deserves. But there are other reasons to do this well. Reasons to Do Discipleship Well Since we are stewards of the gospel and ambassadors to the world for the Kingdom of God we want to do spiritual formation and … More What Does it Mean to “Raise the Bar on What it Means to be a Disciple” in Your Church?
Friday Musings “And Jesus came up and spoke to them saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded … More The Devolution of Disciple-Making