Overcome the Challenge of Discipleship

Start With a Few


With the amount of responsibility placed upon pastors today, it can be easy to believer we don't have the time to commit to life-on-life discipleship. But is this actually true? Pastor Randy Pope does not believe so. Joining Mark Mellinger, he shows how taking the time to engage in discipleship on a personal level will make pastoral leadership more effective. After all, discipleship is leadership development.

Mark Mellinger is the Indiana Public Affairs Director for Bott Radio Network and talk show host for 1090 Today, a radio program that showcases local ministries and encourages Christian living. Randy Pope is the Lead Teacher of Perimeter Church in Duluth, Georgia. 


Has your church succeeded in discipling others? If so, how? If not, why not? What are some of the challenges facing the church's discipleship efforts? What are some of your personal challenges with discipleship?
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Randy noted that one of the primary reasons pastors avoid life-on-life discipleship is because they take on too many responsibilities to fit anything additional into their schedules. Would you say you have a healthy balance to your schedule? If not, what is causing the imbalance? What would need to change for you to make room for intentional discipleship? If you do have a good balance, what time do you dedicate to personal discipleship?
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Rather than setting out to change the world from the start, Randy encouraged going deep with the lives of a few and sending them out to do the same with others. How does this method remove the pressure of having to disciple everyone? How could you incorporate it into what your church is already doing?
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What specific aspect that stood out to you about the way Randy's church approaches discipleship? How could it enhance your the way your church practices discipleship?
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How does Randy's process ultimately contribute to global missions? What could you do to incorporate a focus on global missions in your congregation?
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Often times, we overthink the call of discipleship. Churches today need less programming and more willingness to invest in others to grow them into mature followers of Christ. Anyone can do it, but it does require sacrifice and a prioritized schedule. Consider your workload and look for ways to delegate your non-essential responsibilities to others in order that you might give yourself in obedience to the work of discipleship in your church. 


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