Posted on November 30, 2020 8:00 AM by Jason McKinney
If we get discipleship right, we get church planting right.
I like to use a series of diagnostic questions to learn about the state of a church:
- “How do you identify new areas in need of the gospel?”
- “How do you share the gospel reproducibly in the context of that area?”
- “How do you equip new believers to obey Christ and become disciple-makers?”
There are a couple others, but that third question is often a sticking point. Too often, we struggle to express (let alone implement) how we can disciple in such a way as to have healthy disciple-makers.
I can’t identify a command in scripture that says “Go and make churches.” Certainly you get what follows, however: it’s clear that we are to make disciples. Teaching them to obey Jesus’ commands. Entrust such teaching to them that they may teach others also. This generational discipleship has a natural result: new pockets of new believers begin forming. New churches arise, just as we see through-out Acts. Further, existing churches become healthier.
It begins with healthy disciple-making. That’s not a program we can buy and implement. Discipleship is a lifestyle and a priority shift. When we get it right, we’ll see movement.
--Jason McKinney serves as CABA's Church Planting Coaching. He also pastors One Church, Cincinnati.