Sparking a Discipleship Movement

I’m pleased to lead off the new C.S. Lewis Institute blog. In this space you will find thoughts on discipleship from a variety of writers associated with the Institute as well as occasional guest bloggers offering their commentary.

 

  • One of the areas I will be writing about is our desire to help spark a discipleship movement across this nation and beyond.

 

If we survey the state of the church in America today, it is clear that there is a real discipleship deficit. We see mountains of evidence that believers are living lives largely indistinguishable from non-believers. If we want to avoid going the way of Europe, it is imperative that pastors and ministry leaders work together to lead people to a full understanding of what it means to be a disciple of Christ.

 

While evangelism is a core mission of the church, discipleship should go hand in glove with evangelism. People are hungry for the transforming power of the Gospel, and yet we see so many churchgoers living lives of despair and doubt. A great deal of focus has been put on “getting people to the door of the church,” but not enough done to help them grow to spiritual maturity once they are in. That’s why we need a discipleship movement.
I’m pleased to lead off the new C.S. Lewis Institute blog. In this space you will find thoughts on discipleship from a variety of writers associated with the Institute as well as occasional guest bloggers offering their commentary.

 

What kind of movement will this be?


  • A movement to restore the central focus of the church and individual believers on becoming Christlike
  • A movement to raise awareness of this problem, create a sense of urgency to address it, and the motivation to see it through
  • A movement to inspire churches and provide them with effective resources to address this problem.
  • A movement to raise up new leaders who will take this focus to the next generation
  • A movement that – should the Holy Spirit command it – can restore strength and vitality to the church in America.

 

In the coming months, we will be discussing projects, resources and new ideas to make this movement a reality. But some things are crystal clear to me:

 

We need disciples who will model what it looks like to live as authentic followers of Jesus Christ .

 

We need disciples who will bear much fruit – the bible talks about those who will return a crop a hundred fold.

 

We need disciples who can provide great teaching and great leadership in our churches, our families, our government and businesses.

 

We’re a small ministry, but we have a big heart for discipleship. We’re calling this movement “The Decade of Discipleship.” We believe there needs to be a minimum of ten years for a specific focus on discipleship, where the seeds will be planted that will grow for many decades to come.

 

This is just a taste of what we will be bringing you through this blog and through our other resources. Please pray for this effort and please let us know if you want to participate in a greater way with this movement.

 

Kerry Knott
President

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3 Responses to Sparking a Discipleship Movement

  1. Kristianne says:

    I believe your ministry is exactly what the church has been lacking. So often outreach, evangelism, liturgy, youth, fellowship, are well served… but discipleship is sadly lacking.

  2. Dave Brown says:

    Kerry, glad you’re doing this. CSLI has much to say and contribute to making disciples, one area the church is in dire straits, especially among men. Last year I wrote a piece for New Man Magazine that caused quite a stir across the country – some thought it was spot on and others didn’t take to what I said about the state of discipleship among men and the tepid role of pastors.

    http://www.wacmm.org/New-Man-Mag-Aug-2010.html

  3. Pam says:

    Well said! Discipleship is very much needed. The public schools are making disciples five to six days a week—and they’ve successfully created a secular and skeptical society. How much more can the Spirit of God do if we ask Him!

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