God’s call on my life is, in part, to help invigorate and motivate the Body of Christ in its mission to teach, lead, and make disciples of all nations. This web site is a part of that call. How it will look as it progresses is going to be part of the adventure for me. I believe that when you start making disciples, you can’t help but expand the Kingdom of God. We, the Body of Christ, at least in America, are doing a poor job of it, and because of that failure, the Kingdom we occupy is anemic in many places. One area that is critical in this endeavor is discipling our youth. I know of one church where the participation of children is so low that children’s’ classes in Sunday school and Bible Study are almost non-existent. There are simply no children coming – or more accurately – no parents coming with their children. Now, I realize I see this through the eyes of a drug generation. You know…our parents “drug” us to Sunday school and “drug” us to church. But much of the current generation has not been “drug”, compelled, or even enticed to participate in the church activities. This exposure to the things of Christ is crucial, especially for the young. Many studies show that if a child does not make a decision for Christ before he or she is 12 yrs old, the likelihood of their making that decision later in life diminishes significantly. The rate of discipleship replacement goes down just as drastically. Many churches I have visited seem to have the same problem. The congregation is aging and there are no young disciples in the pipeline. We spend a lot of time worrying about the bills, the church budget, and the various special events, but we have lost focus on what is really one of only three specific missions we have as the Body of Christ:
1) Love God
2) Love our Neighbors
3) Make Disciples – and this must include our youth
In many nations throughout the world, the movement of the Kingdom is turning the nation completely around. The emphasis and effort on discipleship, prayer and love have brought fresh vitality, and draw hosts of young people into the Kingdom and to the Church. America is not without its own witness to the drawing power of love and discipleship on the young. “The Ramp” (http://theramp.org/), run by Karen Wheaton Ministries, and “Abba’s House” (http://www.ronphillips.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=134223), Pastored by Ron Phillips, are great examples of love and discipleship. The day we focus on these things (Love of God, Love of Neighbors, and Making Disciples), and make them the priority of our Christian walk and our local churches, is the day we begin overcoming the agenda of the kingdom of darkness, expanding the Kingdom of God, and showing the world what Heaven on Earth really means. A key to getting movement in the discipleship mission of the church is……………………(More to follow).