Disciple Making, the MISSION
It is so easy to be busy in ministry and miss the point. Activity alone can be no measure at all of success or progress.
We have so many activities, such a busy schedule with so many programs to both minister the Word and help the poor, and clearly the Kingdom of God is expanding and the church is growing numerically. Success…right…? Maybe…
We have had a number of experiences over the last 6 weeks that have made me wonder “are we making disciples as well as we could be”.
The answer to this question should probably always be NO, as the Discipleship process can always be refined and improved, but are we even trying to make disciples..!
In order to answer the question I realised that we actually needed to define, what is a disciple, once we define that, we can evaluate if we are making them, if we are not, we can at least begin to work out how to make one.
SO WHAT IS A DISCIPLE AND HOW DO WE MAKE ONE…?
Our leadership team will be answering this question and about 30 others over the next few months so we can define the target and hopefully hit the goal in front of us.
Another thing I see is the need for a simple system to make our disciples. We have the Supernatural working well for us, salvation, miracles, Holy Spirit Baptisms, power etc, but the Supernatural must be paired with a Simple System, in order to mature and develop the fruit of the supernatural. This might not sound new to many people, but it’s a revelation to me.
One way ordinary people can do amazing things, is when they have a clear “process” in front of them to guide them in that direction.
We have some good systems in place, both spiritually and practically, but we actually do not have a clear system for Discipleship.
We have led people to Jesus, who have risen to leadership, and they have led people to Jesus, who have also risen to leadership. Now this second group of leaders are leading people to Jesus and some of these people are entering into leadership…so Discipleship is happening, but because there is no clear process or method in place, there are many who could be leaders by now, who are not, because the system is very random.
While I was in Australia recently I heard an awesome man of God, Rod Plummer, share for about 10 minutes on Discipleship, it was brilliant, and there was a voice within the voice as he spoke. He had just prepared some Discipleship material and some one commented on how simple the material was, asking him “Is that it”, his reply was brilliant. “No, we are it”.
Discipleship starts with me, we are the Discipleship, the desire to make disciples is where the process starts.
I know that as we take some time, spend some money and adjust our system, or perhaps even make a clear Discipleship System, the Supernatural that we have is going to combine with that System and we are going to see some incredibly biblical growth…we want the masses like the book of Acts, numbers to great to count.
It’s going to be a great year. Pray for us and then maybe you should come and visit us, see what God is doing and perhaps even add to it.