Count Your Disciples: The "Are You a Disciple?" Survey
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, July 05 2004 10:52|
The central mission of the church is, “Go and make disciples.” Should we count our disciples? If we are going to be in the disciple-making “business” and attract the resources we need, yes, we probably need to measure our effectiveness. If you wanted to count your disciples, who, or what, would you measure?
(PERSONAL NOTE: As some of you know, I am working on a Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Change. For my dissertation I (tentatively) plan to test the hypothesis that churches which use the “Create, Capture, Sustain” Model will experience a sustainable increase in disciples, especially among men. Since an “increase in disciples” is a main target variable, I need to use a defensible definition of “disciple.”)
THE PRACTICAL IDEA
I would like to suggest 3 conditions that, if met, qualify a person to be counted as a disciple. (All 3 conditions must be present. Further, if these 3 conditions are met, the person cannot disclaim being a disciple. See 1 Corinthians 12:15-16)
So, if you wanted to determine who is a disciple in your church and who is not, you could administer this 3 question survey…
THE BIBLICAL CASE
An historic, orthodox Christian definition of a disciple is an adherent to the person and teaching of Jesus Christ. A more detailed definition could be, “A disciple is called to live in Christ, equipped to live like Christ, and sent to work for Christ.”
The biblical case for this definition can be made by examining Paul’s admonition to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:15-17...
Here’s another way to look at it….
What am I missing? Let’s dialogue. Let me know if you use this survey, and how it works for you. Let me hear your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together in the battle for men's souls,