The EQUIPPING MYTH: Teaching = Training
What is a skill that you have become proficient in? Golf? Guitar? Cooking?
How did you learn that skill? Who helped you along the way? What resources or tools helped you the most?
You learned your skill through a combination of consuming content, helpful resources, coaching, receiving feedback, and lots of practice.
With every other skill in life, we know that we need much more than information. For transformation, we have to put that information into practice and we need a guide to help hold us accountable and give us feedback. Though we understand how training works in every other area of our life, we don’t apply it to disciple-making.
The church has made the assumption that all teaching equals training and then has wondered why its people aren’t equipped. Its training is the equivalent of training to be a tennis player by only watching videos and talking with your friends about it. If you were to assess the church’s equipping environments, you would find that there are very few spaces where disciple-making skills are modeled, practiced, and evaluated. Additionally, there are rarely places where people are held accountable to making disciples.
The result is that our people are educated beyond our obedience. Our people have plenty of knowledge, but our church doesn’t have enough leaders. The staff is frustrated because they keep telling their people to make disciples while the congregation feels defeated because they simply don’t know how.
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If our Dream Disciple includes both disciple-making character and competencies, we need a Discipleship Pathway that helps develop people to become this. We must develop a strategy that positions the church as a training center. It must both inspire people with the why of disciple-making and equip them practically for the how of disciple-making. Our strategy should include opportunities for people to practice and receive feedback on disciple-making skills like interpreting Scripture, sharing your faith, discipling other believers, and more. Closed, high-accountable groups like Discipleship Groups are great environments for busting the Equipping Myth.
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