By Joshua Hart
I’ve been learning a lot lately about what it means to engage in true discipleship with others and to lead others to a deeper relationship with Christ. Sounding all “doom and gloom” certainly isn’t my aim, but I think we need to rethink how we do discipleship in the American church and soon. Otherwise, I’m afraid we’ll come to see our churches are filled with people who don’t have authentic relationships with Jesus. Or worse, church attendance will be sparse or empty.
Here’s where I think we can truly make a difference for the better:
- Do more “life-on-life” style discipleship wherein we share life experience and community with other believers instead of simply meeting for a class or group.
- Shift focus of church ministries away from bringing people to the church to simply hear and enjoy teaching and messages, and instead use the church and groups as a means to train believers to be disciple makers.
- Become more involved in meeting the needs of the community versus imploring the community to come to us. I’ve heard this one a thousand times: “People don’t care how much know until they know how much you care.” Nothing shows caring than getting out of our comfort zone and meeting people where THEY are.
It’s a short list, but a great starting point.