This past week I attended our Classis meetings as well as a course on Thessalonians through the Center for Excellence in Preaching -- hence, I did not get a blog together. I always appreciate the opportunity to just hang out with my peers, talk a little shop, learn, study and pray together. And our Rocky Mountain Classis is a wonderful classis -- we just enjoy being together and supporting one another in ministry.
Mike Johnson of Ascending Leaders is part of our classis and we spent significant time discussing the great need for churches to have a plan for discipling members toward a deeper active and committed relationship with Jesus Christ. With Mike's presence in our neck of the woods we are fortunate to be reminded frequently of the need to build disciples. But that doesn't mean it's happening.
As part of our agenda I was asked to lead some discussion over our final lunch time meal regarding what churches are doing to build disciples. Of course I was also curious as to what part small groups play in the whole scenario. Through some mediocre response from the round-table discussions we decided that this needs to have a dedicated evening on a future agenda of Classis. I don't encourage a round-table discussion when the agenda is finished and people are eating their lunch before they head home -- understand that our classis spans three states so there are long drives to make and flights to catch. Needless to say, we received enough response to warrant a future intense discussion when people aren't rushing to go home.
Here are the questions raised at our meeting. I'd love to hear your response to the validity of the questions and perhaps any questions you think would be valuable to add.
- What is a disciple? What is a good definition of discipleship? (answers vary a lot here)
- Does your church have a plan for discipleship from cradle to grave? If so, what is it? If not, why not?
- How do small groups play a part in your church's discipleship ministry?
- What areas concerning discipleship would your appreciate resources for and discussion about either in classis, denominationally or via the CRC Network online?
I believe that answering these questions also bridges into identifying and training leaders which is another important discussion to be had.
'til next time