There’s something wrong in our churches today with our commitment to discipleship.
Churches are too focused on helping people to live the “Christian life” as if all Jesus expects of His followers is to be good Christians. There is a desperate need in our churches to raise up disciplemakers — to actually train every believer how to make a disciple. In a recent conversation with a local church leader, he shared with me his greatest joy in ministry and also his greatest frustration. They were interrelated. His joy was related to the impact that he was having in the lives of high school students. And yet he confessed to me, “I don’t know how to make disciples.”
Read those words again: “I don’t know how to make disciples.”
This is the main thing that Jesus focused on before heading to the cross as the payment for sin. He focused on making disciples. And not only that, He sent His disciples to go make disciples.
Something is wrong in our churches when leaders are faced with this reality – “I don’t know how to make disciples.”
And believe me, this friend of mine is not the only leader facing this challenge. There are many pastors and elders who have never made a disciple, never trained anyone to make a disciple, and wouldn’t know where to start if they had to make one. How did the church get to this place? We have few disciplemakers leading our churches. They look like good Christians, they just aren’t doing what Jesus said to do: “Go therefore and make disciples.”