Jim Petersen begins his book Lifestyle Discipleship (I’m not supposed to be reading this book… I have too many other things to read… sshhh… don’t tell anyone.) with the following:
If you have been around the Christian community at all, you know about discipleship. It is there on the right-hand side of the page of the church bulletin. The discipleship group meets on Thursdays for breakfast at Underwood’s Restaurant. In our bigger churches, we have pastors of discipleship. Our Christian bookstores always have a section reserved for discipleship materials. There you will find everything from a study booklet for new believers to complete courses in discipleship. Many of us have taken the course.
Petersen also states (in all caps), “Thirty years of discipleship programs, and we are not discipled.”
What’s wrong? Why are our discipleship programs not working? What does work? How do we disciple? Who do we disciple? Why do we disciple? Where and when do we disciple?