by The Howitzer
I think that the church is confused with the goal. How do I know this? Because I am a member of the church. I am not talking about my local body, though we are guilty as well. There is as old discipleship adage that says that Jesus loved the world, He helped many but He trained a few. The hidden implication in the phrase of “He trained a few” is that He trained a few disciplemakers. (emphasis mine). We have embraced a mission of having a salt-and-light approach for ministry. This is intensely Biblical but in my opinion is a statement of how we are to relate to the world not the goal of our ministry efforts. My favorite local Christian radio station has a station jingle that I love that says we should have a “positive difference”. I do not disagree one whit but making a positive difference is the starting point of the mission. The destination is making disciplemakers.
But the church not only stops short from the goal by focusing on making a positive difference but it also stops short by focusing on making disciples verses making disciplemakers. Don’t believe me start asking around about how many disciplemakers are in your church who not in the clergy and you will probably find that the church is full of disciples who don’t have a clue as to how to make a disciple. The harvest is plentiful but the disciplemakers (laborers) are few. Why is that? We have been so busy making disciples that we forgot to make disciplemakers. The funny thing is that an organization that makes disciples has an easy hop to making disciplemakers. We have to make the goal adjustment and then start focusing on it.
Tim Howington. Follower of Jesus. Husband to Terri. Dad to to Josh. Wanna be writer. Bird Watcher. Novice Fly Fisherman. Discipler of Men. Some people call me the Howitzer.