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The need for patient disciplemaking

Discipleship is something that can begin rapidly but lasts for a lifetime. Logan Gentry rightly reminds us that discipleship is an ongoing process that requires patience. Discipleship has often been viewed as an up-and-to-the-right straight process of successful growth, but discipleship is way messier than that, involves setbacks, patience, and a belief in the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to overcome every sin, struggle, and trial. In order to get this we need to see discipleship as a process that over time sees change in three areas: Our…

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Mark Dever’s 4 ways to make disciples

There are all sorts of models of making disciples but certain elements are required in each. Mark Dever argues that these should include teaching, correction, modelling discipleship and love. Jesus taught his disciples to live in view not of today or tomorrow, but eternity. We try to help others follow Jesus; we do deliberate spiritual good; we pray for gospel influence; we proclaim God’s words, and we do all this for the sake of the Last Day. Yes, we may see some fruit now. But the goal is always to present…

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Creating a Culture of Discipleship

For a talk on how to create a culture of discipleship (starts about 7 minutes in) I recommend this by Matt Hatch – there are good notes below. He covers topics including: Discipleship is Fundamental Discipleship Facilitates Mission Be a Disciple Yourself Know Your Story How God Changes People Developing a Discipleship Culture in a Church Plant In common with others Matt identifies that discipleship involves knowing who God is, knowing who we are and then knowing what we are called to do. Photo by suttonhoo

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5 Ways To Equip Disciples as Gospel Ministers

Yesterday I shared Jeff Vanderstelt’s 6 questions to assess your disciple-making culture, one of which was whether in your church everyone sees themselves as a gospel minister? Here are Jeff’s 5 Ways To Equip Disciples as Gospel Ministers He begins with this challenge If you are a leader in the church, do you see your job is not to do the ministry for the church, but to equip the church for ministry in the everyday stuff of life (Eph. 4:11-12)? Leaders need to reconsider their calling Help people see they are designed…

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Jeff Vanderstelt’s 6 questions to ask to assess your disciple-making culture

Jeff Vanderstelt has 6 questions to help determine whether you have a disciple-making culture. They’re very helpful. Are the few doing the ministry for the many? Or are the few equipping the many for the ministry? Do we spend the majority of our time equipping, training and developing leaders? Is it apparent that every member is to be a full-time minister in your church? Do new believers get called and sent into the mission upon conversion? Do you celebrate those who leave to start new works? Is there shared leadership within…

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Cathedrals of consumerism

Consumerism is more than simply buying lots of stuff, at its heart consumerism is an attempt to answer existential questions – how can I be accepted? How can I be pure? How can I be beautiful? How can I have meaning & purpose in life? As a result it’s no surprise that companies who do this best have created spaces that borrow ideas from sacred spaces. Atlas Obscura invited cultural historian Erica Robles-Anderson, a professor at New York University, to an Apple Store in Manhattan. Here are some highlights: Apple, more than any…

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Why reading and writing are good for you

We live in the age of distraction – it’s hard to concentrate and there’s no space to think. Yet if we can carve out regular time to read and think it will do us the power of good. Gregory Ciotti outlines several of The Psychological Benefits of Writing which include writing as therapy writing to help you handle hard times writing to develop gratitude writing to process ideas writing to learn writing to scale your leadership Reading on the other hand brings similar benefits but it matters what you read. In other words read a book…

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Making your church a place to belong

Yesterday I shared an article about how the gym (or fitness group) has replaced church for many as the go-to place when they’re looking for a place to belong. We live in an age of fragmentation and increasing loneliness, especially in cities and amongst the elderly. Sadly not every church is as welcoming as they could be but never fear help is at hand. Matt Francis asks is your church like a family and do the different generations in your church mix together? Brad Watson asks how does your community share meals?…

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