How do we establish and grow the church presence in all spheres of society? How do we play our part in order to see a culture transformed for Christ? The emerging generation is hungry for every-day-of-the-week spirituality that is integrated within all areas of life. They are eager to belong to a community of faith, which shapes their relationships and is seamlessly interwoven with their vocational life 24/7.
New models “where two or three come together” in Christ’s name (Mat 18:20) to encourage and equip each other and to worship the living God are key. This is true whether working among post-modern young people in the West or amidst an unreached people group in the East. We must engage with people in the midst of their day-to-day needs. It’s time to “be fruitful and increase in number” (Gen 1:28)
What does this type of discipleship model look like? How is the process integrated within our current culture? Maybe it starts with an understanding of the societal spheres of our culture. These are also referred to as the mountains or pillars that make up the very foundations our culture. They include family, government, economics/business/science, religion, education, media, arts/sports/entertainment. How do we encourage, empower, and equip the saints for discipleship and reproduction within these spheres of society, where most of us spend the majority of our time Monday thru Saturday. As we penetrate our society, to use our influence in these spheres and “let your light so shine before men” (Mat 5:16), how do we bring the “good news of Jesus” into these types of settings?
When we start to look at discipleship, interwoven with our unique, specific calling, we begin to understand that we are all called to make a kingdom impact. It’s just a matter of where we spend our time and the part we play in God’s story. We begin to understand that it’s not just the responsibility of the people working within the religious sphere. We see the large scope of our mission field and realize that “the harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (Mat 9:37).
As a ministry leader, are you looking at new methods and ways to incorporate more of a holistic discipleship development process within your Church’s spiritual formation? Is your Church looking to create a discipleship people-driven process that can nurture life and help people right where they live, work, and play in the rhythm of their life?
Leadership Communities are a proven process to help church leader teams achieve twice the results in half the time. Peer groups of 10-12 teams are formed to help dream, create and execute ideas into real action and tangible results. Here is a 2-minute introductory video on Leadership Communities.
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