ASSIMILATION-THE FIRST QUESTION

BY STEVE DUNN

When a new person begins to connect with your church, what is your strategy to help them become a part of the church.  In particular, what is your strategy for effectively assimilate them into the Body of Christ?  A recent survey has revealed that 50% of people who made decisions for Christ five years ago are no longer functioning as disciples.  They may be on your rolls, they may be present in worship; but they are not functioning as disciples of Jesus Christ in their daily lives.

In the ministry that I lead, Bridgebuilders Ministries, we teach a definition of discipleship:

A disciple is a person who lives in daily obedience to the will and purposes of God seeking to bear fruit for the Kingdom.

Too often the goal of a church is on “nickels and noses.”  We are looking for people to help pay for the ministry and fill our pews on Sunday morning.  We like to see them involved in the church’s ministry.

So maybe the first question is: “Are we functioning as disciples of Jesus Christ.?”  Disciples make disciples.  What is our strategy for our existing people to be fully maturing as disciples of Jesus Christ?  And what is our strategy to help new people become a functioning part of that discipleship culture?

PLEASE JOIN THIS DISCUSSION WITH YOUR COMMENTS, THOUGHTS AND STORIES. – SLD

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