Podcast Episode #465
Discipleship is something churches say they do, but also something they don’t always really understand. Today we explain why.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Too many church leaders either don’t under stand discipleship or don’t understand how to make it effective in the local church.
- How we do discipleship is often more confusing that what we do for discipleship.
- Discipleship is an ongoing process, not something that is finished when we complete a study.
- Church membership does not equal discipleship, but church attendance sure does affect it.
- Just because you are going to church, doesn’t mean you are growing at church.
The seven reasons that we discuss today are:
- Lack of clear definition of discipleship
- Failure to see discipleship as a process
- Amount of time invested in the worship services
- The wide-open back door
- Failure to connect groups to discipleship
- Creating the false dichotomy of evangelism and discipleship
- Failure to emphasize daily Bible reading
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