Replicate-Roundup-v3.1-300x143As we find articles and resources that talk about Disciple-Making, we are going to collect them and publish them each Friday.

The role of a ‘declining’ church

The role for today’s ‘declining’ church is to return to that original call to “make disciples” (Matt 28:19), something that LeRoy Eims was calling a “lost art” even back in 1978. Making and becoming disciples: that lifelong process in which our values, priorities, and lifestyle gradually morph into those of Jesus. It’s a transformative journey unequaled by anything else we can market, but something I fear can easily fall by the wayside in the midst of worry over shrinking budgets.

Of course, someone may ask, “What are we to do about those shrinking budgets and emptying pews?” It’s not that this is an unreasonable question. It is indeed a reality many of us are dealing with. It’s just that I think Jesus has already given us an answer: “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matt 6:33).

 

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