Monday, April 20, 2009

Random Thoughts on Discipleship

Just a few random thoughts that are guiding the way I think about discipleship right now. I've probably alluded to them in various posts before, but it's helpful for me to gather them in one place.
  • Discipleship is about the journey more than the destination.
  • Discipleship is more about process than product.
  • Discipleship is more about completing spiritual workouts than completing spiritual worksheets.
  • Discipleship is more about relationships than program.
  • Discipleship is a discovery process.
  • Discipleship always includes relationships.
  • Discipleship includes relational, experiential, intellectual, personal, and incarnational dimensions.
What is discipleship? How do we define it both as a noun and as a verb? How do we describe it? How do we help people become disciples. This is the last command Jesus gave to his followers and history is dependent on it. How can we create programs, structures, and systems that facilitate true discipleship and don't just give us some checklists that make our ministries easy to manage?


At 11:06 AM, Blogger Chris Sullivan said...

Heather, thanks for challenging me in discipleship. I think so few of us were ever really discipled that we hesitate to disciple others. God has really been working the concept of process vs outcome into my life over the last couple months and beating me over the head with it.

At 10:14 PM, Blogger Heather Z said...

Don't get beaten too badly! :) Yeah-- we really need to re-imagine and re-create a culture of discipleship within our churches.


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