The reasons matter…

When your new focus on discipleship is really just another strategy to grow your church, well, as Scripture says, “Jesus wept.”

It isn’t that churches shouldn’t care about discipleship. They should.

It isn’t that churches shouldn’t invest time and energy toward intentional formation. Again, they should.

It is no exaggeration that many churches suffer from a lack of focus and prioritization toward this most central task of calling and equipping change agents, ambassadors of love, for the world. Fixing broken systems is not a bad thing.

But, IMHO, you have to do it for the right reasons.

Getting serious about discipleship because you are worried about the future of the church. Not a good reason.

Getting serious about discipleship because you are worried about the future of the world. Now that is getting closer…

#endrant

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Patrick Scriven

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I'm a husband who married well, a father of three amazing girls, and a seminary educated lay person working professionally in the church.