The Exponential Conference just announced its catchy new theme for 2013: Disciple/Shift. I love the topics they’ve listed, and find them quite applicable to churches. If you have attempted to make a “disciple-shift” in your church, you know this is a difficult, humbling but worthwhile endeavor! Take a moment and share what you have learned about these shifts…
Shift 1: From Reaching to Making. We need to shift to a clear definition of “disciple,” and then ask if our church is making that kind of person. It’s not enough to reach people if we are not making biblical disciples.
Shift 2: From Teaching to Modeling. Discipleship begins with pastors and church leaders shifting their view of discipleship from classes toward a discipleship lifestyle. As leaders, we must intentionally model what it looks like to follow Jesus and lead others to do the same.
Shift 3: From Attending to Participating. Discipleship cannot simply be a program or a ministry we offer and people attend. We have to shift discipleship back to the center of our churches, making it the purpose of everything we do and let people know that discipleship is dependent on participating in the endless process of following Christ.
Shift 4: From Connecting to Transforming. Beyond just classes and sermons, discipleship must be based on friendship and time together. To cultivate the kind of disciples Jesus did, we have to shift our paradigm from activity and surface connections to deep, accountable relationships.
Shift 5: From Attracting to Deploying. Jesus was much more concerned with the 12 men He invested in than the thousands He taught. Shifting our scorecard from how many people we gather to how many disciples we deploy is essential.
Take a moment and share how you are leading your church or organization through these shifts.