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That’s right! Do not have a heart attack!  I am going to try blogging again this year.  Since my last blog on this site I have thought about many different things that I wanted to blog about but just never got the time or maybe it was the energy to sit down and write. 

But for the past few weeks, God has been talking to me about the need to create a venue by which we can discuss issues, ask questions and maybe even vent attitudes about things that are happening in our ministry and ministry settings. 

Today I wanted to pose to you a question because I know that your responses to this question will be a big help to our Leadership Development Team as the work on developing a Leadership Strategy for our association. 

LDT has been praying, researching and is getting ready to develop a skeletal outline of how a church can develop both disciples and future church leaders. So in spite of some pressing issues that I want to talk about I have chosen this as our first topic.

 Here is the point of discussion for us: “What are the convictions and what are the competencies of a mature disciple?”

Let me get us started.

Conviction #1

  • The church is commissioned by Christ to make disciples.
    • Matthew 28:18-20 (RSV) And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”

Competency #1

  • A disciple needs to be able to present the Gospel in a clear and compelling way.
    • 1 Peter 3:15 (NLT)Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if you are asked about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.

I think that these are two very important items to start our discussion with.  Jesus has called and commanded us to make disciples of all nations.  This is not just making converts but it is our responsibility to take these new believers and mature them into gospel believing and gospel sharing followers of Christ.  There is no exception to this command.  We have been mandated to “Go” and to “make disciples”.  It is a true statement that “disciples are made not born”.  It takes work to be a disciple and it takes workers to make disciples.  God has called us to be and do both of these.

The making of disciples requires that we have the competencies required to live out and share the gospel message.  This message not only needs to be shared but it must be shared in a way that people can see it in us and understand it is for them as well.

So let’s start this blog thread.  What convictions do you see are needed?  And what competencies must a disciple master in order to be a mature follower of Christ?

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