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Thinking about discipleship again

Posted by on May 21, 2010 in discipleship, personal | 1 comment

Yesterday, Thursday, I completed a time of formal discipleship with a seminary student. He was required to find a “mentor” for a class called Supervised Field Ministry for the Spring semester so that he could graduate this month. He sent out a few emails, I responded, and we began to meet together several times per week for the last three months.

I don’t think I was exactly what he was expecting. And, this type of formal discipleship is not exactly what I prefer.

The two of us were quite the pair. I’m from the deep south, and he’s from the north. I’ve been a believer for more than 30 years, and he’s been a believer for less than 10 years. He’s single, and I’m married with two children. He’s passionate about evangelism, and I’m just as passionate about relational discipleship. He wants to be a vocational pastor, and I do not want to get paid to pastor.

So, how did two such different people do together? Fine. Very well, actually. No, we don’t see eye to eye on everything, but that’s not what discipleship, love, or unity are about. Instead, we both sought the best for each other. We wanted to help one another grow in maturity in Christ. We found our unity in Christ, not in shared circumstances, situations, or doctrines.

What will happen now? Hopefully, our relationship with continue. I’ve left that ball in his court. I think I have more to learn from him, so I hope we’re able to spend more time together.

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  1. 5-22-2010

    What a great example, for all of us. I have to admit that in my zeal for following after Christ outside of organized religion I find myself with negative attitudes when I shouldn’t. This is a good example of that. As soon as you said that this “disciple” wanted to be a “vocational pastor” my spiritual back went up, and, in your situation, I fear my heart may have been closed to experiencing what you experiencing. Even such a divide as views on church leadership shouldn’t divide us as brothers and sisters, and unfortunately I probably am prone to falling into thought patterns that are similar to what I abhor from that system from whence I came from. I applaud your ability to avoid this pitfall, and I appreciate your post opening up my eyes to this part of me.