It’s the Leadership Culture
Somebody from another church approached me one Sunday and was asking how we do things in our movement Victory. He was trying to observe how discipleship happens in church.
Some people have asked what materials we used, observed the lighting in our services and thought that was causing the growth, some are thinking that we were somewhat “lucky” to be growing at a certain pace.
But what makes discipleship work in church?
First, we have to break the mindset that discipleship is a program. It is not a program, it is not a committee that tries to think of ways to equip Christians to make a difference. Discipleship is first and foremost a relationship.
Discipleship is a call to follow Jesus
A disciple is a God follower. He loves Jesus. He is passionate about Jesus. He reads the word and prays. He cannot live life fully apart from Christ.
Discipleship is call to fellowship with fellow believers.
We cannot live alone. We need others around us to push us to Christ-likeness. We need a community who would help us in our walk with Jesus. The Christian journey is too dangerous for us to walk alone. We need church community to fight the good fight of faith.
Discipleship is a call to fish for people
A disciple lives the gospel and shares the gospel. A disciple cannot contain the gospel to him/herself. He needs to share it. He needs to give it away. Freely we receive, freely we give.
We pound this all the time. All the time. All the time. Did I say all the time.
Pastor Steve calls it “the same old boring stroke”.
Discipleship should be the culture. Every member is a minister. Every Christian must make disciples. It is how we multiply the church It is how we get to raise a new generation of leaders. Discipleship never stops. It is the lifeline of the church. It is the Great Commission given to us as Christians.