Learn by Doing

I have a go to response over the years when anyone gives a compliment about my preaching. Essentially it is, go and thank the churches that had to listen to me learning to preach when I was younger. They are the ones who had to endure a young preacher who wasn’t sure when to stop talking or how to end a sermon. One who had not yet heard the rule of beginning with the ending in mind for instance.

We know the phrase, practice makes perfect. It is a tried and true axiom and applies to discipleship. The more we do the things that discipleship calls us to; the better we will get at doing them. No one starts out understanding their Bible flawlessly. I am pretty sure none of us end our days understanding it flawlessly either, but we definitely improve little by little as we do it.

The doing part of discipleship can sometimes be scary for the person who is leading a new disciple. There is concern for all of the ways something could go wrong. Let me free you up a bit of concern. Something is sure to go wrong at some point. Learning well often involves failure. I have never forgotten the advice to “begin with the end in mind,” thanks in large part to the ending of my very first sermon. I made all of the points on my outline and didn’t know what else to say, so I looked at the pastor who had allowed me to preach that Sunday night and said, “that’s all I have.” I didn’t know what to do in that moment, but I made sure I was better prepared the next time because of it.

We should always look for opportunities to let those we disciple have a safe place to fail and learn from those failures. We should look for ways to give those we disciple a place to succeed. Above all, we should look for ways to give them a place to learn as they do.

Dakota Discipleship Podcast Episode 4 – Part 3 of an Interview with Eric and Casey Reimche at New Life on Main

This is part 3 of an interview with Eric and Casey to talk about the impact of small group ministry in the life of New Life on Main during transitions in the church. In this episode we discuss the size of small groups and making a plan for small group ministry. Be sure and subscribe to this blog if you want updates and new episodes when they are published. Comments and discussion are welcome on this post or others here at dakotadiscple.com

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Have You Got a Plan?

There is an old saying, if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. A few years ago in a meeting at a church, I had an interesting experience. We were evaluating an activity that had seemingly gone really well. Much had been accomplished in a short period of time, but then someone asked a question, “what was the goal of this activity?”

Everyone looked around at one another and cited the things that were just accomplished. The follow up question brought a longer pause however. When had we decided this is what we needed to accomplish? At that moment, one of the men in the group had an epiphany.

“We didn’t,” he said, “and we do church this way all the time.” What followed was a great discussion about how we do ministry. So often, rather than create a vision or plan of what we expect from our ministry, we do the things that we know to do or the things that have always been done and then celebrate whatever we accomplish.

I am not saying that nothing good comes of this ever. But the downside to doing ministry this way is this is not something we can replicate or pass on and it can hamper the efforts we make for the Kingdom when we can’t do so.

We should have a plan for making disciples that helps us to continue making disciples for the long term. We have a component in the toolkit that can be accessed online called the discipleship template. It is designed to help you think through a way to define the process your church will use to make disciples. I want to encourage you to take a look at the template and use it as a guideline for creating a plan to make disciples that will make disciples.

Be blessed and go and make disciples.

Dakota Discipleship Podcast Episode 3 – Part 2 of an Interview with Eric and Casey Reimche at New Life on Main

This is part 2 of an interview with Eric and Casey to talk about the impact of small group ministry in the life of New Life on Main during transitions in the church and we had a great conversation. We talk more in this episode about the positive testimony of how small groups impacted New Life on Main during a season of transition in the church. Be sure and subscribe to this blog if you want updates and new episodes when they are published

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Dakota Discipleship Podcast Episode 2 – Interview with Clint Calvert

This is an interview I did with Clint about discipleship. We discuss creating a discipleship culture in the church and more. Feel free to leave comments and discuss more below. May you be blessed and go and make disciples.

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What Are You Going to Be in 2019

Discipleship is a buzzword these days it seems. But what do we mean when we say we are going to BE a disciple of Jesus Christ? What does it mean when we say we are going to make disciples for Jesus Christ?

I keep a quote on the top of my big workflow chart on my office wall:

Culture will eat strategy for breakfast

The quote is usually attributed to Peter Drucker, so I want to give him proper credit here. What does it mean for discipleship though? I would guess that each of you who sees this quote might have your own take on the implications. I would invite you to leave a comment and have a discussion about it at the bottom of this post. Here is my take on this statement.

What we are as a disciple influences the ways we will choose to make disciples. In a church, the culture that we create for discipleship is going to determine the kinds of disciples we make. So, we need to ask a few key questions. What does it mean to BE a disciple? Do we get there by studying the right things and knowing certain answers? Do we get there by doing the right things and exhibiting certain behaviors? Is it really a combination of both of these?

What we will be is determined in large part by whatever foundation we build upon in our lives. We know from Scripture that there is only one foundation we can build upon as disciples: Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11). So, what does that look like in practical terms? Let me suggest that we begin with the basics of dedicating time to reading God’s Word regularly.

Robbie Gallaty posted this to Twitter a few days ago:

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We need to BE people who read God’s Word regularly. The result is we will BE disciples of Jesus Christ as it impacts every area of our walk with Him.

Discipleship Podcast Episode 1

The first episode of our discipleship podcast. This podcast highlights a couple of the tools in our new toolkit. This will be a regular feature. Be blessed and go and make disciples.

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