Today, and for the following five Mondays I will be sharing a series of brief videos that explain the Five C’s of a Missional Group. In my opinion, many churches do not have a primary discipleship strategy. The purpose of the Five C’s is to help bring understanding to the church leadership why Sunday School or small groups should be their primary strategy to make disciples.
I am also discovering that discipleship is often a confusing term. For some churches, discipleship is a “class” or a 13 week course that is taken by church members on Sunday or Wednesday nights. For others, discipleship is meant for church members and evangelism is what we “do” to unbelievers. Ouch, that kind of hurt!
The Great Commission, does not differentiate between believers and unbelievers when it comes to making disciples. The starting point is the same; lost people. The end goal is the same; fully devoted followers of Christ. For this reason, any strategy the local church uses for discipleship should include both the extension of the Gospel into the community (commonly called outreach) and the continuing growth of the Gospel in the lives of believers.
Many churches have either abandoned or lessened the vital role of Sunday School or small groups as the church’s primary strategy to make disciples. Although I thoroughly encourage churches to use many strategies to make disciples (block parties, evangelistic events, concerts, social ministries, men’s ministry, women’s ministry, etc.), these strategies should compliment its small group strategy.
One way to help assure that this happens is to request, no make that require, other ministries to share how they intend to involve the people they reach into a Sunday School class or small group. For example, a ministry’s plan to lead its participants to join a Sunday School class should be part of a calender request form. This same strategy should also be used during the annual budgeting process.