What does it mean to be a disciple?

What does it mean to be a disciple?

How would you define discipleship? How can you tell if someone is a disciple or not? Too often we make discipleship about knowledge. Discipleship is not about knowledge– it’s about character, behavior, attitudes, a posture of humility and teachability. Knowledge...
Total commitment: being all-in

Total commitment: being all-in

A disciple of Jesus is a reflection of God in the world. When Jesus talked about discipleship, it was an all-in kind of thing. Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother,...
Are you making church disciples or missional disciples?

Are you making church disciples or missional disciples?

In a conversation I had recently with Tad Blackburn, one of the pastors at The Vineyard Church in Long Island NY, he used an interesting phrase: “becoming missional disciples instead of just church disciples.” He used that phrase to describe the change his church is...
How your church can open its doors to the community

How your church can open its doors to the community

Recently a man read the letter below aloud at a friend of mine’s church. I thought it speaks clearly to the way churches can have an impact on those outside their own walls, and asked to reprint it anonymously here. “Although neither I nor my family are members...
Atheist church planting?

Atheist church planting?

Check out this fascinating article on the rise of atheist mega-churches: Atheist ‘Mega-Churches’ Take Root Across US, World Reading this article leads me to many important questions… What are people really looking for? What does the church have to offer?...
The 4 most common barriers to an outward focus

The 4 most common barriers to an outward focus

An outward focus means looking outside the walls of your own church. It means being more concerned about reaching out and meeting the needs of the community around you than you are about the level of comfort inside the church. For most churches, it’s much easier to...