At East North Church we talk a lot about making disciples. We make Disciples in a variety of ways including Sunday Morning service, Missional Community Groups, and in smaller groups of 2 or 3 people intentionally building relationships and pursuing the Gospel. At East North, we call this method Core group.
I was having a conversation with a church planter today about Core Group discipleship and learned that he is having the same struggle that a lot of churches have: Talking a lot about discipleship, but not seeing Core Group style discipleship taking place.
Jesus commanded his disciples to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19&20).
What I have discovered about church members and discipleship is that Church Members Love Discipleship. They Want to make disciples. But many church members, young and old, have never had another Christian intentionally disciple them in Gospel truth. Having never experienced real, relational, Gospel centered discipleship, many faithful Christians do not know where to start.
At East North Church we want to make disciples, we want church members to make disciples. We want to see and encourage other churches to make disciples who are fluent in the truths of the Gospel.
If you want to be a disciple maker and do not know how, then we want to encourage you to find a mentor in the Faith. Talk to your pastor about being disciple. Be honest about not knowing how to make disciples, but pursue a mentor who can and will teach you to teach others about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.