“One of the most important conclusions we’ve drawn from our study of comeback churches is that they first had a spiritual experience that redirected and reenergized their lives, beginning with their leader. This spiritual experience gave them a vision of what could – and surely would – be. The vision provided a compelling focus, helping them develop practical and powerful plans. Spiritual empowerment from their ongoing time with God allowed them to persevere in implementing their plans. God was at work in their church! They had an unwavering sense that what God had called them to do would be accomplished (Philippians 1:6). As people saw the leader’s passion and spiritual fervor, they began to want that in their lives. They sought opportunities to serve, to grow, and to share with others. The church changed from the inside out. And when it did, the community took notice that something special was happening.” (Comeback Churches, Ed Stetzer, Mike Dodson, pp.15-16).
The fundamental goal and activity of the church should be to – teach and train every believer to become a ‘disciple making disciple’.
Biblically and theologically, if we’re to become effective at ‘growing the church’, at strategically achieving ‘true gospel growth’ (both numerically and spiritually), then we’re to implement the scriptures call to build churches where making ‘disciple making disciples’ is our – ‘core vision’, and where challenging every believer to that task becomes our – ‘call to action’.
What’s needed in churches today to achieve that kind of vision is a culture change, a return to the practice of daily and mutual discipleship and disciple making. Such a culture change will require a redirection in the order of our priorities, renewed focus in our lives, and greater gospel intentionality in our ministries.
If the goal is to ‘make disciples’, and more importantly, to make disciples who make disciples (disciple-making disciples) the question is – what processes, activities or ministries must be put in place to most effectively achieve that goal?
We want you to be active participants in hearing from God through the bible. Bring your bibles to church on Sunday mornings, and engage the readings with us. A bible that gathers dust doesn’t help anyone. So B.Y.O.B(ible), and let’s get this God party started.