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Life on Life Discipleship

I wanted to share with you some thoughts that we have been pulling together on discipleship at our church. Matt Brinkley, our Next Generation Pastor, and I pulled this together. Most of the wording was pulled from one of his published books (so if you don't mind giving Matt Brinkley attribution to anything you might quote).

We are trying to jump-start and press through the fabric of our church, life on life discipleship. We don't want it to be a program that is contrived and rigid. We want it to bubble up from the grassroots and grow and flourish throughout the body of the church. And yet, even though we want it to be organic, we still have to lay down some intentional pathways. Needless to say, we are trying to strike a balance between both the "intentional" and the "organic". This PowerPoint presentation is not something we would lay out for the entire church, but rather a collection of some of our thoughts, understandings, assumptions and values concerning discipleship.

I would love to get your comments on the content (not the aesthetic look of the presentation :-) )


I don't have many comment other than I hate the use of "matrix", and that I think you should start seed groups - ones pioneered by your leadership/staff - if you want a grassroots efforts. Work out the kinks there, create buzz, generate the buy-in, and then let it go "grass roots" and you'll really see it grow.

Chris Meirose
Because I said so blog | First Congegational Church of Waseca, MN

Hi Bill. Longtime reader, firsttime commenter.

I'd be extremely cautious with using the word "stealth." It has no positive meanings, AFAIK (the only listed synonym according to WordNet is "stealing"), and gives the idea that this is something you're doing to manipulate people, not to give them something that is specifically for and about them that just happens to be well-planned.

Also, I think you're going to lose people by putting so very very much text on slides 8-16. Those points need to be made, but not written in teeny type on the presentation.

Amazing concept, though, and I can't wait to see how it goes. Thank you so much for sharing your process with us!

John Wesley was doing this back in the 18th century with his "classes". If I remember my studies, they were very into this kind of relationship.

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