Monday, January 26, 2009

Let’s Talk About Making Disciples

Since the launch of Missional Church Center two years ago, one reality that has repeatedly surfaced is the church’s struggle to effectively produce authentic disciples. This central command of the Great Commission poses the greatest challenge to the church.

We have described a missional church as a reproducing community of authentic disciples being equipped as missionaries sent by God, to live and proclaim His Kingdom in their world. Asked to simplify the description, we have repeatedly said it can be reduced to two words: Authentic disciples.

If we can effectively produce authentic disciples, they will be His missionaries; they will live and proclaim His Kingdom in their world. Our challenge is essentially this…to produce authentic disciples. That is the subject of our continued research and the current writing project at Missional Church Center.

In order to assist us in better understanding how churches are making disciples, please take a few minutes and complete our Effective Disciple Making Survey. The compilation of your responses together with those of other colleagues in ministry will help us to better understand what churches are doing, as well as the gaps that remain, in fulfilling this important task.

Please click here to participate in the brief survey.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Here is a concept. A disciple is authentic because she has learned authentic behavior in every "where" that she finds herself in. A disciple becomes authentic by learning to assume behavior that is authentic in every one of her "wheres". Hence to produce authentic disciples, it must be taught for each and every locus, not just at the central accounting.