What Does A Winning Church Look Like?

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What Does A Winning Church Look Like?

More than twenty years ago, a small group of Christians came together in their homes with one lofty goal in mind. They wanted to bring a disciple-making church to a little slice of northern Idaho. At the time, they could never have imagined how the Lord would work through them to grow Real Life Ministries to a congregation of 8,500 plus.

Through the Word of God, the church founders understood that leadership and discipleship are developed from within the church body itself. They recognized that God has placed potential leaders in every church just waiting to grow into messengers that can accurately spread God’s message.

Jesus came not only to die for our sin, but to train His disciples to train others to deliver the gospel message. In the same way, we as Christians have a sacred mission to go and make disciples.

Sharing the news about Jesus is not all there is to discipleship. Teaching people to obey the commands He gave us is equally important.

Too many believers feel that they have nothing more to offer the church than their weekly service attendance. Even if we are able to get new converts to attend service with us, we feel that we are not equipped or qualified to help them (and ourselves) to mature in God’s Word. We leave that responsibility to the pastor.

This view of Christianity is symptomatic of churches that have not properly discipled their attendees. Real discipleship requires real relationship through personal contact. The lack of this relational context in the learning process makes real life change among Christians less common than it should be.

There are many churches in communities today that focus more on the putting on a good show via music, videos, etc. for the weekly service in an effort to wow the audience. Even if the pastor is able to deliver a good preaching sermon, a system to disciple to the people is often overlooked.

As a result, Christians that are blessed with gifts and abilities that the church needs are taking those gifts to the business or sports world. Those churches are not taking the time to train and use these to their full Christian potential.

This is a simple problem to remedy if churches would return to discipleship models found in the New Testament. In so doing, they will find the path to properly understanding and practicing biblical discipleship.

You can read more about this topic in the book Real Life Discipleship by Jim Putman – purchase your copy here.

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