At the end of May, I resumed the responsibilities as the State Discipleship leader for the Tennessee Baptist Convention. This has led me on a quest, what should be my strategy to assist churches with discipleship and disciple-making?
I have been digesting a book by Herb Hodges, Tally HO The Fox! In this book, Hodges suggests that the church must be in the business of turning people into disciples. Jesus clearly commands the church to make disciples in the Great Commission. Hodges emphasized that the Great Commission was directed to individuals.
Hodges goes on to say, “I believe that Jesus fully expects every saved person to have a vision and a strategy (a strategy that was first clearly modeled by Him) to impact the world to the ends of the earth and until the end of time.” In a conversation with Hodges, he believes that disciple making is best done in a small group of three or four and should be away from the church building. He challenged me with the question, “Who are you taking with you?”
As I search for an effective strategy, a few questions are being raised. Has Satan diverted the Great Commission by limiting discipleship to an hour on Sunday evening or to the job of the pastors and staff? How can the church encourage every member to be involved in making disciples by taking persons with them? What should a church’s disciple-making strategy look like? Is discipleship the mission of the church or a purpose of the church?
What do you think? I would love to hear your comments. You can e-mail me at email@example.com.