Discipleship: The Neglected Mandate
Why are Christians not more like Christ? This is the crisis at the heart of the church today. The dismal state of discipleship in the church begs us to readdress this issue again. While most churches have programs for this purpose, most pastors fail to see the need for biblical discipleship that transforms the heart and turns ordinary Christians into extraordinary followers of Christ. In this issue you will read compelling essays by Earl Creps, Brett Eastman, Stephen Lim, Greg Ogden, Shane Warren, Michael J. Wilkins, and others.
Charles T. Crabtree
Four important indicators must be carefully considered when assessing the state of discipleship in the church.
The cycle of evangelism and discipleship is an unending process of reaching and retaining people who become citizens of Christ’s eternal kingdom.
A pastor’s role as spiritual leader in the discipleship process is imperative if it is to be effective.
Michael J. Wilkins
Consider these essential features of biblical discipleship that must characterize our attempts to develop a disciple-making ministry.
Flawed ministry paradigms sabotage the church’s efforts at disciple making. Consider this approach that is sure to improve the quality of disciple making in your church.
Here is a simple, reproducible way to grow disciples that will forever change your practice of ministry and leave your church with self-initiating, reproducing disciples of Christ.
Earl G. Creps
Three shifts to re-understand the challenge of discipling those who are navigating the postmodern turn.
What should an effective discipleship ministry look like in the 21st century? There are at least four necessary ingredients needed to create an effective Sunday School or Christian education ministry.
Churches can respond in many ways in today’s culture to make disciples of Christ, but there is one change many are unwilling to make.
Principles that have unlocked amazing growth and community outreach for church after church can happen in your church, too.
New believer disciple making is indispensable if churches are to curb the alarming spiritual death rate among them. Consider these practical steps that will turn decisions into additions and additions into disciplers.
From the General Superintendent
By George O. Wood, General Superintendent
A Life of Service, A Message of Hope, A Season of Change
Let's Talk About Discipleship...Again
Gary R. Allen
Passionate About Discipleship
By L. Alton Garrison
Real Life Preaching
Doug Oss and Mark Batterson
The Greatest Challenges of Pastoral Care
Reaching the Homosexual
Ministry and Medical Ethics
Christina M.H. Powell
History Is His Story
Anselm, Abelard, and the Atonement
William P. Farley
Managing Your Ministry
Organizational Development and the Church
Part One" The Church — A Living System
John Michael Demarco
Q&A for the Pastor’s Wife
Ministry Wives in the Workforce: Balancing Job, Family, and Church Responsibilities
From My Perspective
Lessons From the Bridge
Your Church Should Be Into Sex Education
Richard D. Dobbins
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