The young man was sitting in my office, excitedly detailing his latest idea for mission and ministry. I tried to listen patiently, but this was the third “great idea” he had presented to me in only a few months, none of which had amounted to anything.
We recently hosted a webinar with David Fitch on 5 Ways Church Planting Must Change, but we didn’t get a chance to answer all of the excellent questions.
So we asked David (and Geoff) to answer some of them on video for you!
Whenever someone joins the Gravity Leadership Community, we ask them what their biggest leadership challenge is right now. A few months ago, someone replied that their biggest challenge was the final “leave/launch” part of the discipleship process, where disciples make disciples.
He stated that he had personally discipled several people, but when they were launched to start their own discipleship groups, it just didn’t happen. His disciples didn’t make disciples. The whole thing was still dependent on him.
I was talking with a first-time church planter about how things were going. As we were talking about some of the difficulties he was facing, he blurted out:
I just don’t like the people who are coming to my church! I wouldn’t choose to hang out with these people, and it’s hard to create a community with people you wouldn’t normally hang out with!
When I was a younger Christian, dreaming about the the missionary ministry I felt called to, I would pray the impassioned petition of so many young people, “God, use me!”
When leaders realize that their churches aren’t consistently producing disciples of Jesus, they often begin to search for a new technique they can implement that will solve the problem.
They think that if we could just learn how to do missional communities, or LTGs, or huddles, or triads, or T4T… THEN we’ll be on our way. THEN we’ll be making disciples.