Transformational Discipleship

Our current “western” model of discipleship:

  1. Gather a group of people
  2. Spend weeks with inspiring and informational speakers addressing this group
  3. Administer tests to this group to make sure they are retaining the information
  4. Send them out to impact culture and change the world

This is the model used by not only the vast majority of discipleship and ministry schools, but also church Bible studies, Sunday morning sermons and – interestingly – the public school system. There’s just one major problem with this model:

It doesn’t work!

The failure of this model is probably best exemplified in public schools in the United States where nearly 20% of high school graduates do not possess basic reading skills. But perhaps even more telling is a look around at our culture. Every Sunday hundreds of thousands of Christians gather on Sunday morning to worship the same God and get “equipped” for the week. We gather an army that should be influencing culture, but the morality of our culture continues to decline. This is far from “turning the world upside down” (Acts 17:6) reputation of the disciples less than 30 years after Jesus’ resurrection. Why?

Jesus didn’t use the “western” model

If you contrast the “western” discipleship model with how Jesus made disciples, you find key differences:

  • His was relationship-based – Jesus spent time with those he discipled
  • His allowed for Holy Spirit revelation – Jesus asked questions and let Holy Spirit reveal truth (Matthew 16:13-20)
  • His modeled patterns of behavior – in Jewish culture, the goal was not to know what your rabbi knew, but to be as he was
  • His involved practice, not just teaching (Matthew 10)

It’s time to reclaim the Jesus model of discipleship

We call it “Ignite” and it’s goal is to facilitate transformation, not just impart information. We believe in engaging the whole brain and making room for Holy Spirit to bring revelation that goes far beyond our ability to teach. In addition, we are committed to not just teaching concepts, but creating a safe space and giving lots of opportunity to practice what we learn.

If you are looking for more than just simple teaching and long to impact the world around you, we invite you to join us at one of our workshops, currently running once a month.