I came across this blog from The Gospel Coalition entitled Grow a Disciple-Making Culture in Your Church. Below is an excerpt:
“Make disciples” implies intentionality and process. Disciple-making doesn’t just happen because a church exists and people show up. It is a deliberate process. Considering the modifying participles of “going . . . baptizing . . . teaching” help us recognize this process. It must include evangelizing (going to new people and new places), establishing (baptizing new believers and teaching obedience), and equipping (teaching believers to also make disciples). How does your church evangelize, establish, and equip?
This begs the question, do you have a process for evangelizing non-believers, establishing believers in the faith, and equipping leaders?
Unfortunately, in our experience, most sports ministers expect these things to happen by osmosis. There is no plan.
- How are we getting non-believers involved in our ministry? Do we know if they are in our ministry? How do we know?
- Do the Christians in our ministry know that they are supposed to be building relationships with non-believers? Are they actually practicing it? Do they think the mission of our ministry is something else?
- If non-believers in our ministry wanted to take steps to grow in their faith, how do help them do that–short term and long term? How do we assimilate them into our church? How do we develop contexts, short of a worship service, that will help them grow in their faith?