Last month Deborah and I were in Indonesia, Singapore, and Taiwan teaching Asian pastors, church planters, and missionaries about discipleship and leadership. Same ole boring strokes, again. After our Sunday night session, a young Indonesian leader asked, “how do you define discipleship?” Good question. Here’s my answer, and more.
1. A disciple is a person who follows Jesus.
2. Every Christian should be a disciple.
3. Every disciple should make disciples.
4. Discipleship is the process of helping others follow Jesus.
5. Discipleship is a life-long journey, not a six-week class.
6. Discipleship happens best in community (small groups).
7. Men disciple men; women disciple women.
8. Evangelism and discipleship should not be separated.
10. Jesus wants all nations to be discipled.
Making disciples is the job of every Christian every day.
Cultivating a relational discipleship culture, creating discipleship systems, and over-communicating discipleship principles were the core of my job description for over two decades as the pastor of Victory Manila. And I recommend that all of the above should be in every pastor’s job description.
Discipleship is not supposed to be complicated or confusing. In fact, it is so simple that a fisherman explained it to uneducated fishermen in two words: “Follow me.”
Are you following him? Are you helping others follow him? In other words, are you a disciple, and are you making disciples?
My top 5 recommended books on discipleship:
Making Disciples by Ralph Moore
The Master Plan of Discipleship by Coleman
The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoffer
The Lego Principle by Joey Bonifacio
WikiChurch by Steve Murrell