When you consider the Great Commission that Jesus left us, the action that is called for is “make disciples.”

“…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” (Matt. 28:19)

That is the job description of the church and, in fact, of every believer in Jesus Christ. In order to accomplish that, we need to keep a few things in mind. Here is my take on the most important points:

What is a disciple? A disciple of Jesus Christ is a Christ follower who is growing in his/her understanding of the Word of God (head), in his/her life transformation toward righteousness (heart) and his/her active service for the Lord (hands).

Since discipleship growth takes place in these three areas (head, heart and hands), the church ministry must assist in all of these ways. We have a Commission here at Quail called the “Discipleship Commission,” but we can quickly see that the true discipleship process will take more than the programming that is birthed by just this one group. Here is a quick review of a few of the program areas that touch each of these discipleship arenas…

Head

  • Bible Classes, Sunday Mornings (Discipleship Commission)
  • Bible Classes, Prime Time (Discipleship Commission) 
  • Sunday Sermons (Pastor)
  • Discipleship Experience Program (Discipleship Commission)

Heart

  • Worship Experience, Sundays (Worship Arts Commission)
  • Support Groups (Counseling Commission)
  • Life Together Groups (Discipleship Commission)
  • Discipleship Experience Program (Discipleship Commission)

Hands

  • Go projects, local and International (Global Focus Commission)
  • Divine Design Workshop (Equipping and Mobilizing Commission)
  • Design oriented ongoing service mobilization (Equipping and Mobilizing Commission)

I recognize that given enough space and time, I could fit almost all of our Commissions and activities into one of these three categories. However, this list represents what I would call the primary considerations. The Commissions have the responsibility in each area to sponsor excellent programming, deploy gifted people into leadership positions, and train and mobilize new and future leaders for all. If any of this interests you, feel free to contact the church office and we will connect you to the contact person for the specific area of ministry you are interested in.

However, on an individual level, we all need to realize that being and making disciples is not a program, it is a lifestyle. That lifestyle calls for the practice of the basic habits of the Christian faith such as prayer, Bible reading and service.  It calls for a consistent life model that realizes that long-term spiritual growth will come as we practice an “everyday” faith. One author says this, “You can’t micro-wave a disciple, it is a crock pot recipe.” That is the truth. I hope in 2018 that you experience slow, steady growth in each of these three arenas, and that our teams lead with excellence in all.  

His and Yours,

Pastor Marc