Thank you for joining me in our focus on discipleship. I wish I could tell you that I had this mapped out precisely but I don’t. I don’t because I don’t think you can do that with any level of precision. Trips can be planned with some precision. Expeditions cannot.
Expeditions are different because their purpose is not about just getting there. Their purpose is to explore. The growth occurs along the way. Discipleship is a journey rather than just a destination. It is both but you shortchange it if you only focus on getting there. Half the fun of the trip is the drive and where you stop along the way. There are parts of this that we will figure this out as we go as we journey together.
That means I need your help.
I am asking for your participation. I need to hear your thoughts. I need dialog rather than monologue. Discipleship is not a voice shouting in the wind. It is koinonia, which is often thought of as “fellowship” but is really more like “partnership.” Will you partner with me in this conversation so we can learn and grow from each other and learn how to BOTH be discilpes of Jesus AND disciple others along the way?
This is vital to the future of our churches. Let me just state my intention clearly. My goal is to start a discipleship movement. A movement isn’t one guy hacking away at a keyboard. No. This involves me discipling people local to me and you discipling people local to you. This will heal our churches. More debates won’t heal them. More study on the same old topics won’t heal them. Learning to follow Jesus together will.
This is going to take a while. This is what makes it valuable. I am not going to give you a 13 week study guide to fit into your quarterly class curriculum at church so I can sell you something and monetize your adult ed program. This will take more than a class and more than a quarterly curriculum. It will take more than a sermon series. We are going to be at this for a while. So we might as well introduce ourselves in the comments.
There is no way to expedite an expedition because you don’t want to. You want to be together. You enjoy the conversation. You enjoy the learning process of bouncing ideas off each other and trying new things with each other…troubleshooting and discovering…accomplishing and even resting in sync with other people who are trying to accomplish the same things.
It took Jesus three years to ready his disciples for his absence and I suspect this journey will take that long or longer. So buckle in. Take the lid off your resistance to comment and let us hear from you as we go on this Discipleship Expedition together.
The next post will give some specifics but for now I want to ask you to prayerfully consider your participation in this. I will share with you one of my goals – to change our church culture from “church culture” to “discipleship culture” in one generation. That means I need church leaders on board and I need church-goers on board. I need anyone who has a desire to learn to be a better disciple and/or wants to learn to better disciple others on this expedition. When you see the value in this invite members of your church to subscribe to the email list to get the posts and explore this together. You can subscribe at the top of the right sidebar.
So here we go…let me hear from you in the comments. Tell us why you are here. Tell us your experience (or lack of it) with discipleship in the past. Tell us your dreams and goals. Let’s do this, together.