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Is the church rediscovering the lost art of disciplemaking?

You be the judge. Several big name pastors are now publishing best-selling Christian books on the topic of spiritual multiplication. One of the largest church planting gatherings in the world, Exponential, dedicated its April 2013 meetings to the topic of DiscipleShift. There is an explosion of no-cost or low-cost ebooks out on the the topic.

No doubt about it; suddenly discipleship is hot.

Jesus gave his followers three big imperatives:

1. Love God.

2. Love people.

3. Make disciples of all nations.

Why is the 2,000 year old Master plan finally returning to center stage?

I think there are several reasons for this shift, and I welcome them all. Perhaps that five years after Willow Creek’s Reveal Study, megachurch pastor/authors are realizing that just getting more bodies into seats on Sunday doesn’t change the world. After a glut of “bigger is better” programs in the evangelical church, we are returning to the basic truth that “your church is only as good as your disciples” (Rick Warren video snippet from the Exponential2013 conference in Orlando this week).

At Exponential’s opening session, all 5,000+ attendees were handed a “Scorecard” on the way in. There were two blanks to fill in: weekly attendance and weekly offering. The speaker encouraged us all to acknowledge that though those numbers may be helpful, they are very incomplete measures of the church’s true mission. He invited us to tear up that scorecard and work on a new one this week, one that would reflect life-on-life disciplemaking, wholistic life-change, and sustainable multiplication through multiple generations.

This was music to my ears. I’ve been doing this for the past 30 years in full-time ministry and can testify that intentionally investing in 3 to 12 people each year bears amazing results. Jesus promised that his way would produce 30, 60 and 100-fold results.

How have you experienced the fruit of intentional discipleship or mentoring?

 

Valeree Joy Rillon of Manila, Philippines, constantly radiates joy and inspires others with her passion for life. She serves as a coach with Campus Crusade for Christ. Val explores the heart of student-led movements in this guest post.

Someone asked me to answer the question, “How are you adjusting from staff-led to student-led?” And so I came up with this reflection.

A Confession of A Staff

We don’t just TEACH. We MODEL.

Letting them see how we fall in LOVE with Jesus deeper everyday is the major key than just letting them hear it from us. The vibrancy of our prayer life and our passion to know God more in action are to be evidently lived out. And instead of telling them to read the Bible daily we regularly ask them the question, ‘What is God teaching you this week as you spend time with Him in prayer and in His Word?” This question keeps them properly motivated on what they are doing, why they do things and how they do things.

We are not their BABYSITTERS. We are their CO-LABORERS.

When we treated our disciples like babies, they acted like babies but when we started to treat them as our CO-LABORERS, amazingly they acted even far way better than a staff. We let them plan and execute and on the side, we are there letting them think if their plans are aligned with our movement mission and vision or not.

We don’t COMPROMISE. We CHALLENGE.

We present clear challenge to get clear commitment. We always remind students that we are not raising up members but LEADERS. If we keep on just gathering people who love fellowship then don’t expect to see spiritual multiplication.

As soon as they receive Christ, we ask the questions:

1. How important is the Gospel to you?
2. To whom would you share this?

We are not after COMFORT. We are after EFFECTIVENESS.

Sometimes, we are so comfortable staying on our old ways and it’s so hard for us to think outside the box but we need to. Our old ways have been so good but how can we stick to these ways if they are not as effective as before? Our students know best. This is their generation. Let’s give them the freedom along with our DNA.

We work not on what we WANT to do. We work on what we are CALLED to do.

Often times, it is hard for us to really filter who we want to disciple and train. But to be a good steward of the resources God has given us, we should be wise and strategic in taking every step objectively. Realizing that we were specifically called to raise up movement-builders, being intentional of finding and working with the right people pre-determines the quality of a sustainable movement.

TRUST GOD and TRUST THE STUDENTS.

We need to TRUST God that He has already prepared “harvesters” even in an untapped campus and it’s just for us to intentionally find where they are and are just waiting to be coached. We need to TRUST even a single committed student to OWN the VISION for his/her campus and rallying it to become a reality in his/her own strategies aligned with the principles of how God distinctively called CCC. Students feel how we view them. Honestly, I was so high-controlling before that my disciples viewed my personal strategies as their principles. They were boxed how I do things that they never even reflected on why they are doing what I was doing. But when I learned (and am still learning) to let go and gave them the freedom to strategize how to reach their campus, OWNERSHIP increased and their LEADERSHIP got more empowered. Yes, we would see them failing at times and that’s where genuine fruitful coaching takes place.

BOTTOM LINE?

Success in seeing STUDENT-LED MOVEMENTS is simply taking the initiative to challenge students to build spiritual movements in the power of the HOLY SPIRIT and leaving the results to God! To God be all the glory!

God is at work and He alone is able!
Valeree Joy Rillon

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In this interview, Ken Cochrum talks about the opportunities and barriers facing Virtually-led Movements (VLM) and Cru in leveraging digital strategies for launching spiritual movements.