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CFOR 101 (Fa '16) T26 - 10 Barriers to Disciple Making
Transcript of CFOR 101 (Fa '16) T26 - 10 Barriers to Disciple Making
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
What are the top three obstacles that are holding your church back from making disciples?
1. Lack of Vision
- vision answers the "what" question
4. Lack of Leadership-intentional Leader Training
- common need: we need more leaders
2. Lack of Outreach and Passion
Passion without outreach is bogus and outreach without passion will quickly die.
3. Congregations Not Willing to Change
- is your (church's) weekly schedule the same as it was 10 years ago?
Sources and Image Credit
Adopted from a conference Aubrey Malphurs led based on his book, Strategic Disciple Making; retrieved November 28, 2016; http://28nineteen.com/?p=567
5. Lack of Prayer
- is prayer meeting a prayer meeting or an organ recital?
6. Lack of Unity
- our own preferences and selfish desires break unity
7. Congregation gets “too comfortable”
- they become satisfied with what has been
8. Congregation has lost its mission
- focus on spiritual changes first (heart), not on structural changes (by-laws)
9. Resistant Power Structures
- who has the power to make decisions and changes in your church?
- e.g., what do we envision for each member to become in Christ?
- vision begins with the mission
- without the mission, vision is vague and without vision the
mission will not be accomplished.
- vision gives the body of Christ a focused target: make disciples!
"Vision is the art of seeing things invisible." (Jonathan Swift)
- without guests (new people) churches will plateau and die
- does your church budget resources for ministry outside the four walls?
- engaging your community is key to connect with people
- service projects (random acts of kindness)
- don't forget what the "fields" look like (John 4:35)
- creative outreach ideas - become passionate about sharing Jesus
- making changes to be more effective for the kingdom of God
- Jesus is looking for fruit (e.g., John 15:8)
- the message never changes, but the methods are always changing
- to be more effective for the kingdom requires change
- an investment of your time in "leader development" will pay huge dividends
- "one on one" allows you the time to really impact someone
- "leadership is the key to success in any organization." (John C. Maxwell)
- the larger your leadership base the more ministry is being accomplished in
- discipleship is about growing people in their walk with Christ
- on what does the church depend? (own methods and own
resources or the power of God)
If we are going to make disciples the church must return to a passion for prayer.
"I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach." (C. Spurgeon)
"God's child can conquer everything by prayer." (Andrew Murray)
"Pray, and let God worry." (Martin Luther)
"If you don't spend much time with Him, you can't be much like Him."
(R. A. Torrey)
- unity reflects a church's true health
- unity happens when we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us and through us
- Psalms 133:1; Romans 15:5-6; Ephesians 4:3; Colossians 3:14; John 17:23
- a church's unity reflects the unity of the trinity
- mature Christians (disciples) can experience unity without uniformity
- learn to disagree agreeably
10. Church unwilling to adapt to a changing culture
- obstacle #9 and #10 are related
- they fail to see what could be
- happens when a church has lost vision and purpose
- being satisfied in our walk with the Lord can cause us to be flat
- Christianity is radical, life changing, and constantly challenging
- someone must challenge the status quo, cast the vision, and launch new
plans to reach and disciple new people
- if we pray, God will move us out of our comfort zones
- people must develop a passion for who Jesus is and His mission for their lives
- we easily forget that faith is the indispensable, foundational, principle for
- a clearer understanding of the leadership of the Holy Spirit
- a renewed passion for Jesus
The most important thing that leaders can do is to . . .
- lead their people to a renewed focus on the cross,
- a renewed commitment to the mission of his church
- some decisions should rest with church leaders and key teams or
committees and some with the entire congregation
- there must be some accountability and trust on all sides
- churches need to be open to change in methodology and structure
(if changes enhance the kingdom)
- we do not compromise to the culture but we need to understand the
culture in order to engage the culture with the gospel
- we are in the world but not of it, and so we must seek the Lord and
discover new, innovative ways of reaching this culture