How is team Jesus – your church – supposed to be built according to our leader, Himself?
Jesus calls all followers to “make disciples.”
Having consulted and helped hundreds of churches, guess what we have discovered?
- Almost no one uses Jesus’ prescribed plan! (Discipling – one person at a time)
- Most Christians don’t know how to disciple.
- Many pastors don’t know how to disciple!
Think about the metaphor of fishing. Jesus called disciples to be fishers of men and women. That includes you and me!
How do people learn how to fish?
- Go to school?
- Read a book?
- Attend a seminar?
You could learn to fish that way. But very few do!
Most people learn to fish through a relationship.
- My grandmother loved to fish. When I was just barely old enough, she started a fishing discipleship process.
- My grandmother began by saying, “You’re getting to be a big boy, how would you like to come fishing with me?” (“Come follow me.”)
- My heart just about jumped out of my chest!
- My grandmother was one of my favorite people.
- That is the power of relationships!
The leadership square has had a long history.
- Jesus started the concept when he was about 31 years old.
- Most recently, you can read about this in my book Who Broke My Church? 7 Proven Strategies for Renewal and Revival.
- Before that, Mike Breen and Steve Cockram covered it in the book Building a Discipleship Culture.
- Prior to that, in 1999, Ken Blanchard mentioned it in his book Leadership and the One Minute Manager.
- In the year 2000, Paul Hearsey brought it into modern history in his book, Management of Organizational Behavior.
In my next blog post, I will unpack the leadership square.