Monday, October 17, 2011

Are Our Churches Entertaining or Discipling?

This is a thought provoking video put out by the Foursquare Church that I came across this week on what discipling really looks like in most of our churches. Many churches today are more interested in entertaining people than discipling them. I do not believe that the makers of the video are saying that any of the things listed are inherently bad, but that we should from time to time take a step back and see if our churches are truly focused on making disciples or more on entertaining.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. 

Matthew 28:19-20


  1. This is why I love the teaching ministry at Western Avenue. We may teach well inside our walls, but we take so much outside our walls as well. We are hosting the local CEF chapter that is able to disciple children inside the public schools, and we have seen so many come to Christ and are growing in their faith. But we also go places like South America, Africa and Asia where we are speaking the gospel to people and helping local churches disciple them and carry on the GC. We taught hermeneutics and expositional preaching to 250 pastors in India this past summer with the prayer that their congregations will benefit from a deeper understanding and clearer communication of God's revelation to us as they recognize the call to continue the ministry of the gospel to their neighbors.

  2. Jim, I am glad to know that the church I grew up in still pursuing making disciples over entertainment per se. I always enjoyed the teaching ministry at WABC and believe that many have benefited from that perhaps than even Sunday morning where the potential for entertainment would take place.