A Plan for Discipleship

by Dr. Tom Wood

The purpose and plan of discipleship in many churches is unclear, unfocused, and unreliable. Programming will change constantly and the themes we emphasize vary wildly. It leaves people confused or exhausted, and leadership flabbergasted. What we propose is not complicated, but it does require the hard work of clarity, discipline, and consistency.

But first, let’s go back to basics and re-imagine discipleship by asking three simple questions adapted from the book, Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek. The questions are WHY, HOW, and WHAT.

  • WHY do we disciple? Creates clarity.
  • HOW do we disciple? Creates change.
  • WHAT are the ways we disciple? Creates consistency.

How can you get started with creating a purpose and plan for discipleship? It starts with having a person that can help guide you along the way. But not just any guide! A Gospel Coach that is trained with a gospel lens.

Paul May is a pastor/church planter in metro Washington D.C. Here’s what Paul said recently about having a Gospel Coach:

“My coaches didn’t just give me advice, but came alongside me as older brothers. They walked with me through hard conflict and painful losses, and celebrated with me at personal successes and when we saw God do big things. While I’ve been blessed by many godly pastors generous with their prayer, friendship, and counsel, I’ve found that having someone walk with me and remind me of the gospel continually is what has kept me married and in ministry, and I’m convinced it’s had a significant role in the fruit produced in our first and now second church plant.

“The main content of CMM coaching is how to apply the gospel to the heart of the planter. So being coached was the beginning of a journey for me of learning the A-Z part of the gospel and applying to my life in ways I didn't know I needed. Kind of like when you buy a new vacuum and you realize how much the old one sucked--or didn’t, rather. My wife and I have learned that we need these kinds of relationships in our lives continually, and it’s opened new pathways of conversation in our marriage, with our children, and with those we disciple. Gospel Coaching has helped me grow more and more towards being the spiritual leader I’m called to be, both of my household and over the household of God."

Remember, you don’t have to be alone in ministry. At CMM, we believe every pastor, church planter, ministry leader, and missionary is created to thrive in ministry. Click here to download your FREE eBook “Gospel Centered Discipleship” today!

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Donald Behrens - February 19th, 2020 at 1:38pm

I LIVE IN AN ASTANTAN LIVING--- IVE BEEN A CHRISTIAN FOR MANY YEARS AND THERE SEVERAL MEN AND WOMEN HERE NEED HELP IN THERE WALK WITH LORD, CAN YOU HELP? YES THEY ARE 65 AND UP.