• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

More on Core Skills

We all recognize that evangelism is an integral part of church planting.  But does it stand alone?  Or is it the first step towards discipling people to become committed followers of Jesus who will in turn make other disciples?  We call this reproduction and multiplication.  One focus of this on-line core skills module (Evangelism: Abundantly Sowing the Seed) is to think and do evangelism with the end in mind, that is, to share the Gospel in such a way that churches multiply. CS-masthead-logo

The course speaks to our motivation for sharing Christ (something we admit we all wrestle with at times) and exploring how we evangelize in a way that sows the seeds of multiplication.  Other topics include: the role of prayer in sharing our faith, evangelism as a means of ‘discipling the lost’ and what it means to find a person of peace.

Another topic looks at contextualization in the book of Acts and what the Scriptures teach us about contextualizing the unchanging message of the gospel today.  We also look at how ‘spiritual conversations’ can be used when interacting with neighbors and others, as a bridge to sharing Jesus with them.  Contextualization looks very different in our many ministry settings.

Trained WT facilitators will be leading this initiative.  I will be encouraging all Area Directors to send dates and sign-up information to field directors and all field workers for offering the module in 2013.

3 Responses

  1. When I study our Lord’s command to His disciples and I believe also to His followers today as recorded in Matthew 28: 18 – 20 in which He outlines in capsule form His mandate for His church the core skill is disciple-making. This makes evangelism and church-planting along with teaching obedience to God’s word to be integral parts of disciple-making. Why do I say this?

    In this mandate our Lord makes an announcement (“all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me”), issues a command (“therefore go and make disciples of all peoples”), and then makes a promise (“surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age”). The basis of this mandate is the lordship of Christ: “all authority” over spiritual/demonic powers, and also over all earthly human authorities, including governments. His promise to be present until the end of the age assures cross-cultural disciple makers that they will have His supernatural enabling and guidance.

    The goal of this evangelistic mandate is found in the command to “make disciples of all nations” (peoples, Greek: ethne). The command is buttressed by three present participles: “ going, baptizing, teaching.” These participles not only define the task but also show its scope and primary functions. As we go (“in going”) we are to win people to Christ — this is evangelization. “In baptizing” we are to unite believers together in covenant relationship with one another under the headship of Christ — this is starting churches. And “in teaching” we are to give the whole Word to the whole person, within the total socio-cultural context of the congregation being formed. Biblical disciple making therefore includes evangelizing, forming congregations, and teaching people to obey the whole counsel of God. The ultimate goal of missions is the glory of God in His Church, made up of saints from every tribe, tongue, people and nation.

    Think about the implications of viewing disciple-making as the core ministry skill. Think about viewing it this way as related to strategy and means to be used as we face the challenges of different cultural contexts in a changing world..

    • This is good. Looking at our work from the ‘disciple making’ mindset is similar to looking at ‘leader development’ as a leader’s primary focus or function. But under that main set are a number of subsets which include a number of core skills that need to learned if a discipler or leader are to accomplish or carry out the larger task. These core skills would include both character and competencies.

      • I agree totally. As our Lord pointed out in His mandate evangelism, uniting believers together for worship, fellowship and service, and teaching the Word are the major subsets of both doing and being.

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