From Spectators to Disciple Makers

I have mentioned before that I, and our Youth Pastor, are a part of an EFCA Transformational Cohort that is all about discipleship. You can learn more about it HERE. The Cohort meets 3 times in one year with a number of coaching calls along the way. The Discipleship Cohort is basically helping us to develop a strategic plan for how we are to go about making disciples here at New Life Church.

The last words of Jesus Christ make it clear what the mission of the church is, make disciples!

Over the past few weeks I was kicking around the idea of teaching a spiritual gifts class. But I had this nagging thought in the back of my head, “what is the connection between spiritual gifts and our mission which is to make disciples who make disciples”?

One of the challenges we all face in leadership is graciously teaching our people that church is much more than attending a worship service on a Sunday morning. As a follower of Jesus Christ we are called out of our comfort zone and given the task of making disciples. Discipleship is the process whereby we go from being a spectator to becoming a disciple maker. Spiritual gifts are given to the church so that we can build up the church and make disciples of Jesus Christ.

So, at this point I have decided to go ahead and teach a class on spiritual gifts but to show specifically how our spiritual gifts help the church to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28).

Because I have failed to find anything that makes the connection between spiritual gifts and the Great Commission in a meaningful way I am creating my own curriculum. Here is a rough draft. Some of you may be thinking that there will need to be a lot more than a class if you want to develop a flourishing culture of discipleship in the church. I agree! Chime in and share your thoughts!

From Spectators to Disciple Makers

Using Our Spiritual Gifts to Fulfill the Great Commission

“But making disciples is far more than a program. It is the mission of our lives. It defines us. A disciple is a disciple maker.”  -Francis Chan, Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples

Week 1-Jan 21

  • Are We Spectators or Disciple Makers?
    • The American church is in consumer mode
    • The remedy to consumerism in the church is the gospel (Matthew 10:37-39; Matthew 16:24-26)
    • What is the mission of New Life Church? (Matthew 28:16-20)
    • What is the connection between spiritual gifts and making disciples? (1 Corinthians 14:12/Ephesians 4:11-16)

Week 2-Jan 28

  • Exploring Spiritual Gifts
    • What are the spiritual gifts? (Romans 12/Ephesians 4/1 Corinthians 12)
    • What does the EFCA believe about “miraculous gifts”?
    • What is the best way to determine and develop your spiritual gifts?
    • Ten important truths about spiritual gifts

Week 3-Feb 4

  • Investing Your Spiritual Gifts and Steps to Take to Make Disciples
    • Being good stewards of the gifts God has given us (Matthew 25:14-30)
    • Different ways spiritual gifts can be used at New Life and in the world
    • Practical steps to take to begin making disciples
    • Pitfalls to be on guard against as we think about spiritual gifts

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