Discipleship: The “Portal” Priority
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, November 10 2003 10:03|
Suppose a man has attended your church for four months. What will he think is the first priority—the organizing idea—of your church?
One week he hears that worship ought to be a priority. The next week he hears that he needs to be a cheerful giver. The following week he hears that committed believers go on mission trips. The week after that he is asked to attend evangelism training. The next week he learns about the compelling needs at the crisis pregnancy center.
Unfortunately, this can be very confusing to the average man in the pew. It can look like an undifferentiated blob….
With so many priorities, is it any wonder some men end up confused? The sheer number of priorities seems so overwhelming! Where does he focus? What’s the starting point? Consider a few more questions...
As you can see, one idea sits squarely in the center of all others. The foundational, focusing priority of a thriving church is discipleship. Sheep cannot do right until they know right. Discipleship is the “portal” priority through which all the other priorities of your church can be achieved. It is the method of Jesus (see Matthew 28:18-20). Organize your church by putting discipleship in the center, and then draw arrows out to each of your other priorities like this....
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For the glory of Christ and no other reason,
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