Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here… Our DOING for Jesus must be sustained by a life of BEING with Jesus.
Most of us would agree that if we skim on our inner life, our outer life and ministry will suffer. This is the importance of our commitment to personal spiritual growth.
The Barna Report, “The State of Discipleship” (2015), commissioned by the Navigators discovered how pastors and church leaders are thinking about discipleship. Here are some of their findings:
The following shares those discipleship practices viewed as most essential by local churches:
A few months back I received the following “discipleship truisms” from Pastor Peter Scazzero of Emotional Healthy Spirituality. I thought his pithy and memorable statements were helpful:
1. It is not possible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.
2. Jesus may be in your heart but grandpa is in your bones.
3. We cannot give what we do not possess.
4. What I do matters. Who I am matters much more.
5. Limits are often God’s gifts in disguise.
6. As goes the leader, so goes the church.
7. For an expectation to be valid, it must be conscious, realistic, spoken, and
8. If you skim on your inner work, your outer work will suffer as well.
9. You can’t separate knowing God from knowing yourself.
10. We cannot change what we are unaware of.
11. Loss marks the place where self-knowledge and powerful transformation happen – if we say yes to God.
12. Our doing for Jesus must be sustained by a life of being with Jesus.
13. We are not leaders who are married. We lead out of our marriages.
14. Our shadows undermine the best of who we are unless we face them.
15. Without silence and solitude it is almost impossible to grow in the spiritual life.
16. The degree to which we grieve our losses is the degree to which we are
17. God speaks in the sound of sheer silence.
18. The truth sets us free, but it first makes us miserable (Sandra Wilson).
19. When we fail to practice Sabbath, we do violence to ourselves.
20. Sometimes you have to disrupt false peace to have true peace.
21. The body is a major, not a minor prophet.
22. We speak respectfully, honestly, clearly, and in a timely way, in the new family of Jesus.
23. We have to go backwards in order to go forward.
24. Discipleship is the putting off the sinful patterns of your family of origin, and culture, and learning to live in the new family of Jesus.
25. When you are not in reality, you are not in spirituality.
Have a blessed week,