The perennial problem for almost every church is the revolving back door. This problem stems in large part from a failure to establish a clear discipleship process. The goal of the church ought to be not only to share the gospel and see conversions but also to make disciples of those whose lives are impacted byContinue reading “Discipleship Process”
The initial stage of this process is a personal ENCOUNTER with Jesus and a salvation decision. This step is essential for not just the eternal security of the individual, but also for the long-term health of the church. We need people who have submitted themselves to Jesus as Lord as a part of the localContinue reading “Discipleship: Encounter”
After a person has joined the church, the next step in the process is for them to ENGAGE through small groups and discipleship. Small groups are an important element in disciple-making and need to be a central element to the assimilation of new members. The new member in a church can feel lost in theContinue reading “Discipleship: Engage”
This step, ENCOURAGE, is the make or break moment for the maturity of the member. Many members are content to sit back and let the professionals, i.e. paid staff, do the work of ministry. However, that is not a biblical understanding of the Christian’s responsibility to the church. A member who engages through a smallContinue reading “Discipleship: Encourage”
After a member begins serving at the church, there is still one step they need to take. We want and desire service to the body of the church, but we want and desire for the kingdom to EXPAND. Members need to understand their responsibility to take the gospel in both verbal and active forms toContinue reading “Discipleship: Expand”
Any process will be more effective if it is evaluated. This proposal can be evaluated on an individual and church wide level following implementation using the following checklist/visual or a variation thereof.
Leadership: Understanding “what is” and “moving” it to what “ought to be”. PROGRESSION OF LEADERSHIP
Once we understand what leadership is, we quickly recognize that there are many ways to mess it up! If leadership is understanding what is and moving it towards what ought to be… …what happens when we miss a step?
The Old Testament book of Nehemiah provides some great material for a leadership case study. It’s not primarily a leadership manual, don’t get me wrong; Nehemiah is about God and His people first and foremost. Nonetheless, let me encourage you to read it again with the following outline in mind: