Our Goal is Disciples
The number one commission of the church is to make disciples. By following the example of Jesus and the men whom He discipled, we should expect to have the same kinds of results.
The contemporary church growth model seems to be focused on growing the church through drawing crowds, and hopefully out of the crowds who attend some of the crowd will become committed disciples. This seems to be contrary to the model Jesus used in his ministry where he hand selected twelve men, invested three years of His life in them, then left, putting them in charge of spreading His message. His final command to them, was to make more disciples, “teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you…” With this make disciples initiative given, these twelve men, grew the church to where in only 300 years, Christianity had spread all over the known world and had become the official “religion” for the entire Roman Empire.
The objective of the church could be best summarized by Paul’s statement to Timothy in II Timothy 2:2, “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
Making disciples is ultimately about making disciple-makers. Training a believer so he can train others. If we can be faithful to the Great Commission, we must stay focused on making disciples, and not just making crowds or even making spiritual babies whom never really mature beyond spiritual infancy.
The Steward’s Way will take both your youngest believers as well as you most mature church leaders and stretch them further than they have ever been stretched in their walk with the Lord. The Steward’s Way is a life transforming discipleship initiative that will have such far reaching impact in your church that eventually as more and more of your members get engaged in the training, the entire culture of your church is going to be impacted and transformed.