As ministry leaders, we need to teach people to gradually take responsibility for their own spiritual growth and discipleship. It’s true that babies need to be fed. But as they grow, they are able to take on the task of feeding themselves in increasing measure. Most babies at some point will actually start grabbing the spoon in an “I-can-do-it-myself” gesture. In churches, we often think of new believers as babies for much longer than is warranted. We spoon feed them for too long instead of teaching them how to feed themselves.