Discipleship pitfall #3: All heart

Discipleship pitfall #3: All heart

In the last two blog entries, we’ve looked at the pitfall of “all head” and “all hands.” The third discipleship pitfall is “all heart”– focusing on just internal character and heart… the contemplative, emotional retreat– just me and God… drifting. Or, in more...
Discipleship pitfall #2: All hands

Discipleship pitfall #2: All hands

In my last blog entry, we looked at the pitfall of the “all head” approach– trying to educate our way to making disciples. One common alternative to the “all head” approach is the “all hands” approach. Instead of just learning stuff, let’s get out there and do...
Discipleship pitfall #1: All head

Discipleship pitfall #1: All head

When we over-emphasize knowledge in our approach to discipleship, we end up with a classroom approach. Discipleship is a checklist of things to read and know. It’s curriculum-based and doesn’t take into account where God is currently working in the life of an...
What doesn’t work:  a one-size fits all approach

What doesn’t work: a one-size fits all approach

Every person is different and we all reflect God in different ways. So why is our approach to discipleship the same across the board? Look at church discipleship programs: Everyone reads this same book. Everyone takes this same class. Everyone participates in this...
Community transformation

Community transformation

Community transformation is the outwardly visible result of how we live in the world corporately as followers of Jesus. To be engaged in community transformation means that we, as followers of Jesus, are actively contributing to positive change in the broader...
Authentic relationships

Authentic relationships

Authentic relationships are one of the most clear, visible evidences of our relationship with God. Jesus told his disciples we would be known by our love. It’s the most readily recognizable characteristic of a disciple of Jesus. We are called to engage with other...