The Twentieth Century is
the name of a train that
no longer runs!
Poet David Lehman
This Is Generation Flux
(The Fast Company 1/9/12)
Flux is not merely
“change.” Flux is
Some things are not in flux!
The Love of the God who
The love of the people of
God who encourage us
Our love for those to
Whom God sends us
Yet many things are in flux!
DJ Patil explains, "There are
sometimes when you can predict
weather well for the next 15 days.
Other times, you can only really
forecast a couple of days. Sometimes
you can't predict the next two hours."
The business [and ministry] climate, it
turns out, is a lot like the weather.
We've entered a next two-hours era.
In times of rapid change,
what you know can
This will require an openness to imagination
and experimentation. We know that we may
surrender some things we are used to while
trying things that may not work!
Its time for us to be a learning community
that blesses the aspects of our faith and
our congregation’s activities that we value
while embracing Gods new future for us.
May grace and mutual forbearance be ours!
“Americans are stupefyingly dumb about
what they are supposed to believe.”
Historian R. Laurence Moore
Religious Literacy – What Every American Needs to Know and
Doesn’t. Stephen Prothero
1. Fewer than half of us can identify Genesis as the first book of
2. Only one third know that Jesus delivered the Sermon on the
3. A majority of Americans believe that the Bible says that Jesus
was born in Jerusalem.
4. When asked whether the New Testament Book of Acts is in
the Old Testament, one quarter of Americans say yes. More
than a third say they don’t know.
5. Most Americans don’t know that Jonah is a book in the Bible.
6. 20% of Americans believed that Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife.
7. 60% of Americans can't name five of the Ten Commandments
8. Only 50% can name one of the four gospels
9. 50% of high school seniors think Sodom and Gomorrah were
10.75% believe the Bible teaches "God helps those who help
with Discipleship today?
How well is the whole church
growing disciples? Your church?
How do you go about doing it?
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority
in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of
the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20
them to obey everything that I have commanded
you. And remember, I am with you always, to the
end of the age.”
‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to
bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release
to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the
oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’
Jesus’ eyes saw the true needs of the people in front of him:
Widow of Nain
Canaanite woman’s daughter
Woman at the well
The Centurian’s Son
Wedding in Cana
Receive People eyes – in your own head
– seeing through the eyes of Jesus for people
My little children, for whom I am
again in the pain of childbirth until
Christ is formed in you.”
Receive People EyesReceive People Eyes
see through the eyes of Jesus forsee through the eyes of Jesus for
“Jesus comes right to your seat and says, “I have
a word for you. I know your whole life story. I
know every skeleton in your closet. I know every
moment of sin, shame, dishonesty and degraded
love that has darkened your past. Right now I
know your shallow faith, your feeble prayer life,
your inconsistent discipleship and my word is
this, ‘I dare you to trust that I love you just as you
are and not as you should be because you’re
never going to be as you should be.’”
Three ingredients for growing disciples:
“At heart, growing disciples is a relational
experience, not an instructional or
classroom experience. It is the influence of
life on life in the midst of the difficulties of
life, an influence that helps us get to know
Jesus and one another, helps us face our
personal darkness and helps us grow in our
reflection of the image of Christ.”
E. Stanley Ott
The 3-D Image of Jesus
Dimension One: A Growing Commitment to the
Triune God. (doxological)
The Great Commandment: "You shall love the
Lord your God with all your heart, and with all
your soul, and with all your strength, and with
all your mind.” Luke 10:27a
Dimension Two: A Growing Commitment to the
Body of Christ (communal/koinonia)
The New Commandment: "That you love one
another even as I have loved you.” John
Dimension Three: A Growing Commitment to the
work of Christ in the world (missional)
The Great Commission: "Go into all the world
and make disciples…” Matthew 28:19-20
The Great Commandment: "And thy neighbor
as thyself.” Luke 10:27b
A Profile of a Disciple
Doxological - Know, love and Experience the God who loves us
Faith in Jesus
Weekly worship (Experiencing God)
Daily devotional life
The fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)
Koinonial - Equip and care for the people God gives us
Private meals with friends and strangers
Participate in a face-to-face group (Equipping the People
Commit a percent of my income to God’s work of God)
Serve my church with specific ministry
Missional - Engage the World to which God sends us
Complete my work with excellence
Offer the compassion of Jesus (show up) (Engaging our world)
Bear witness to Jesus (speak up)
Stand up for what is right. (stand up)
Develop a Culture and a Strategy
for Making Disciples
Layers of Disciple-Making:
1. Growing one’s self
2. Growing others interpersonally – life on life
3. By means of shaping programs with the
Defining Practices (witness, prayer, care…)
4.By means of small groups
5. By means of ministry teams
6. By means of teaching (classes/seminars)
7. By means of discipleship communities
8. By means of the “transforming moment”
The “Reveal” study of Willow Creek
Growing as disciples with others:
Face-to-face personal lifestyle
(spontaneous and intentional)
One-with-one intentional dyads
One-with-two intentional triads
One with a small group (<15)
What strategy do you personally
use for growing disciples? With
What strategy does your
congregation use for growing
disciples? With whom?
(what people groups?)
(The Principle of Multiplication)
Call a ministry team together
WSP - Prayer Covenant - Breaks bread
Decide on population groups
Adults (men, women, mixed)
Youth – two adults leads triad = five
Who are the potential leaders and triad
members (early adopters)?
Recruitment, training, deploying (Be in or lead a triad yourself)
Follow through – maintaining momentum
between booklets within a group and
sustaining multiplication of new groups.
Launching a Triad-based system of
Just wanted to tell you that I have started several groups
using the Discipleship Essentials books. It took me a while to
decide to pull the trigger on something with such a
commitment attached to it. But I have 3 groups I am leading.
Two have 3 other guys in it (which feels like the perfect size)
and the other has 2. I can't tell you how excited I am about
this and they are. In one of the groups, the guys are almost
giddy with their excitement about this sharing and growth
opportunity. In all of them it appears to be, after 3-6 weeks
(some groups started earlier than others), one of the most
important things I am doing. I am certainly gaining a great
deal from this method of making disciples with a deep
conviction and commitment. And they are very moved by the
experience so far. I am also excited about the possibilities
for the next permutation, when they start to lead others.
Bob Bohl Central Presbyterian Church, Athens, GA
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