Developing a clear pathway for discipleship in the church is one of the most strategic projects for helping people grow to maturity in Christ. I am currently meeting with a group of staff members, evaluating how we develop fully devoted followers of Christ, how we develop the kinds of spiritual leaders who will effective shepherd and care for the flock.
Chuck Gaines addressed the issue of discipleship process. He presented ten questions that growing churches ask about their discipleship processes:
- How does our church define discipleship?
- What does a disciple look like?
- Do we have an intentional process of discipleship?
- Does our church know this process?
- How does this process relate to the purpose of the church?
- Has our church prioritized distinct practices that relate to the discipleship process?
- Does our church practice the principle of abandonment based on the idea that activity doesn’t always mean productivity?
- How does our church measure maturity?
- How does our community describe our church?
- Do our church families spend more planned time in a week at church with each other or in the community with non-believers?