BY STEVE DUNN
Kingdom-focused churches are made up of disciples, not members. Membership focuses on organization and in our culture people are conditioned to think that membership has privileges. Disciples are on mission with Jesus and understand that gain your life you must lose it. Discipleship is about calling and obedience. We are called to be a part of the continuing body of Christ and live by the purpose of making more and better disciples. Discipleship is about serving, not being served.
This is a critical distinction because far too often churches that think member also think maintenance. Churches that think disciple think of mission. Membership seeks to preserve what we possess. Discipleship thinks of investing in what we can become.
So the question is, “What is a disciple?”
Here is a simple, straightforward definition of disciple:
A disciple is a person not a program.
A disciple is not a consumer of spiritual services, a disciple is a servant of the Kingdom of God–a giver, not a taker.
What would happen if your church actually took seriously being authentic disciples of Jesus Christ instead of church members?
(C) 2013 by Stephen L Dunn