Category Archives: Equipping

Can We Start A Discipling Movement In Churches of Christ?

[As soon as I posted this I realized I was off on the wrong foot. If it is a movement, we won’t start it but we would have to embrace it. And I believe God is moving us in the direction of discipleship and discipling in line with the Great Commission (which Barna tells us half of Christians don’t even know what that term means!).]

Something has to change. I heard this all week at Pepperdine. I have heard it in countless conversations since then on the phone and through private messages and emails. Many of our churches are floundering, directionless, and in need of purpose.

Something has to change. We can’t keep going on like we have in the past. First, our purpose has to change. It used to be our purpose was to correct people to our way of church. We largely gave up on that effort and people care far less about that than they used to anyway. But we never replaced that purpose with anything viable. We lost our purpose but continued our forms without the same convictions we had in the past.

We are clearly in decline as a whole. I hope we can turn that around.

To be perfectly clear there are many organizations affiliated with Churches of Christ that are working on discipleship. Many, many, many. They are doing great work. The resources exist.

How do we get this to translate to the church where you worship? How do we get a movement wide revival among autonomous churches that never played well together in the first place?

I believe the answer is prayer.

Revival always starts with prayer.

If you don’t know the right direction, pray.

If you are tired of the way things have been, pray.

If you see unhealthy systems all around you, pray.

If you long for a better tomorrow, pray.

If you want to know what to do differently but can’t put your finger on it, pray.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. ” – James 1:5-8

I cannot tell you God will answer your prayer with one word – Discipleship. But I can tell you that if we aren’t making disciples, we aren’t doing what Jesus said to do and I believe this is at the root of our problem.

I believe we are ready for a movement that is infused with grace and the Holy Spirit. I believe we are primed to take this Bible that has been so precious to us and teach it to those who have never heard. The fields could never be more ripe for the harvest than they are right now. We just have to pay attention and be faithful.

What it Takes to get on the path toward meaningful outreach

I just posted this over at Wineskins and invite you to give it a read. I think we have some real issues to overcome here and am confident we will get over this, Resurrecting Evangelism…Calling a Kingdom of Priests. Let me know what you think and pass it along if you think it is helpful!

Red Letters Over Black Letters…But They are all Inspired

Our movement loves information…we teach until we are blue in the face. Information is king…if you know the right things and believe all the right things then all is well. What you do with that information is inconsequential…just make sure you have the right belief system and we’ll leave you alone. We love the redContinue Reading

Spiritual Growth Workshop 2014

Every other year there is an outstanding workshop held in Orlando called the Spiritual Growth Workshop. The leadership of this event made a fantastic decision this year that I hope sets the tone for many years to come…first is the theme…”Equip”. In order to really emphasize the theme and execute on it well they haveContinue Reading

SWOT Analysis: A Helpful Tool for Understanding Organizations

In preparation for teaching at the Pepperdine Lectures in May Charles Kiser introduced Eric Brown and I to SWOT Analysis. I have been a fan ever since. Here is a diagram that will help you wrap your mind around it. This framework helps you identify what internal and external resources and liabilities and organization. ThisContinue Reading

Q & A on “Church Steps” Outreach

I asked my friend Philip Cunningham for some feedback and what questions he had so far about our “Church Steps” Outreach we have started at Northwest. Here are Philip’s questions and my answers: Philip: What is the age range of your outreach group?  Also- the median age? Our ministry is representative of the congregation. TheContinue Reading

Church Steps Outreach Material Updated

I just updated the “Church Steps” outreach material page on the blog Church Steps Outreach One of the biggest questions people have when faced with blazing a trail into a new (or old but forgotten) arena is what can this look like? If you can help people see what something can look like you removeContinue Reading

Two Free Resources From Mike Breen & 3DM

Free additional chapters to Building a Discipling Culture Fivefold Gifts Survey

Spiritual Transformation: More Information is Not the Answer

The Jews had the Law for 1300 years before Christ came. There were all kinds of details in the Law about how to live, what to do in various situations, and how to maintain holiness and deal with sin. As we know today, the Law was not sufficient. What did God do in its place?Continue Reading

Was This Written in 1962 or 2012?

“The thoughtful Christian will admit that in these days the church is not leading the number of people to Christ that it should…Is there a cause for this failure? Can we find a [solution]? Surely there must be both…The failure is due to a lack of effort after any method. The solution must be foundContinue Reading

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