The Gospel + YOU = Disciples. That’s as basic as it gets. And that’s God’s ultimate plan to bring the whole world into relationship with Himself… always has been and always will be. And by the way, THERE IS NO PLAN B! YOU are it. God’s main strategy is for YOU and ME to make disciples who make disciples for Christ.
Can a worship leader make authentic, transformed disciples just by offering exciting worship to our congregants then delivering a devotional and a quick prayer time in rehearsal? No! How can I be so sure? If offering great programs to draw crowds so someone can speak to them for 30 to 40 minutes once a week was an effective disciple-making process, Jesus would have done it that way.
Oh, make no mistake, Jesus did draw crowds. But He didn’t build His Kingdom on the crowds. He built His Kingdom on the disciples. And He grew His disciples by “doing life with them,” day in and day out, applying the Word of God to their lives in practical ways along the way.
Please understand, I’m not condemning the church or the way we are doing things in church. It’s just that we need to go further in developing intentional relational processes for discipling our worshipers. Like Jesus, go ahead and draw the crowds, but go further to call out and train disciples by doing life with them.
John Pitzer, the director of IT in our office, started 30 years ago meeting with 3 or 4 youth each week whenever and wherever he could get them to meet. They had no lesson plan other than to talk about life and look to the Bible for answers. After a semester, the group would change as some came and others left. Over that 30 year period, John has personally discipled well over 100 young men, many of whom are now pastors, missionaries, and church leaders.
What will a transformed person look like who has been through a process of discipling? The Bible says they will demonstrate “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Furthermore, they will think and act like spiritual parents who are intent on raising up others, rather than acting like self-centered spiritual children (you may know them as church “customers” and “consumers”). How does your own worship team measure up to this scriptural model for transformed disciples?
Would you like to start an intentional relational discipleship process in your ministry or among your friends? What would that process even look like? I have developed a free resource to develop a discipling process in your worship ministry. If you would like to receive a copy of the guidebook to look at and pray about, simply e-mail me by clicking here and ask for the TRIO Guidebook.