Monday, December 12, 2011

The Pattern to Universal Discipleship

This past weekend I had the privilege to sit under the teaching of Dr. Thom Wolf, who is the international president and professor of global studies of University Institute, New Delhi, India. The topic of the seminar that I was part of was on the Universal Discipleship Pattern that Dr. Wolf has been presenting since 1994.

I wanted to briefly share some of the highlights from the seminar with you:

He starts by saying, "It is perplexing that Paul and his church-planting team were often only in a city a few weeks, a few months, or at most a few years. How did they do it?"

Q: How did Paul establish leadership?
  • so quickly
  • so solidly
  • so reproducibly that became the basis for the Christian church? 
A: Paul had a pattern, a standard:

  • that could be remembered easily
  • that could be received personally
  • that could be reproduced strategically

We see from Paul that his discipleship pattern was remembered easily, received personally, and reproduced strategically. Now my question is do most of us or our churches disciple in such a way? I would think not or otherwise I believe that we would see a very different result from our discipleship, but instead 80% of my generation leaves the church once getting to college.

So instead of you or your church seeking the next way to do discipleship that may work, try instead to make it quick, solid, and reproducible. Then it will be remembered easily, received personally, and reproduced strategically that may result in more disciples being made and disciples that make disciples.

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