Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Friendship evangelism

When we talk to our young people about evangelism what we usually talk about can be referred to as friendship evangelism.

The trouble is if our friendships only stay at friendships then we have failed.
Jesus didn’t say, Therefore go and make friends
He said Therefore go and make disciples

This reminds me of a story I’ve heard.
There were two men, John and Jack, they were best mates.
They were both the same age, they grow up together, played sport together, went to the same schools, got married around the same time and had kids the same age.
The thing is that John was a Christian and Jack wasn’t.
John was always looking for an opportunity to talk to Jack about Jesus, but it just never happened.
When they were both very old Jack was in hospital close to death, John went in to visit hoping he could tell him about Jesus before Jack died.
John said to jack, “There is something that is very important to me that I have been meaning to tell you my whole life.”

Jack replied, “If it was that important to you, you would have told me ages ago.”

Monday, August 22, 2016

It will rub off

There is a temptation at our youth groups just to “do life”.
And doing life does make disciples, when we share the gospel.

We can think that discipleship will rub off.
It will happen almost accidentally.
That if a person can stay in our programs long enough God will save them.

For many of us we still pray that God would change people, we just secretly hope he doesn’t use us.

One of the deficiency’s in this model is that our non-Christian youth think that being a Christian is about being a good person.
We need to tell them the reason we are living the way we are.
It’s the response to a right relationship with Jesus. Not the way to try and earn a right relationship with Jesus.

We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. 1 Thessalonians 2:8

Monday, August 08, 2016

Myths of Discipleship - Discipleship is for hard core Christians

As leaders we identify young people in our children’s and youth ministry and we want to invest in them.

When we catch up with them we call it discipleship (and it is!).

The trouble is, that in some people’s eyes that person is a disciple and they are a Christian.

They see a disciple as, someone who is really committed to making disciples or as a person who might go to Bible college and become a minister or missionary.

The problem is that suggests that there are two levels of Christians.
There are Christians and there are disciples.

Christians are your average person who trust in Jesus’ death and resurrection and the disciple is a super charged version.

We need to be reinforcing to our people if you are a Christian, you are a disciple and a disciple maker.

Monday, July 25, 2016


During my time in Tasmania I have seen some encouraging changes.
One change is that discipleship is on the agenda.

People talk about it.
They want to know how to do it better.
It’s the purpose of everything they do in children's, youth and families ministry.

When I say discipleship, what do you think of?

The thing I have noticed now is, that people often mean different things when they say it.

When I say discipleship or disciple making what I'm saying is, telling people to follow Jesus, "go and make disciples" Mt 28:19 and how to follow Jesus "teaching them to obey everything I have taught" Mt 28:20

Discipleship/ disciple making is both evangelism, reaching out and nurture, building up.

It don’t think you can separate the two, they are both discipleship.

We need to be doing both to be making disciples.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Leader vs. Helper

I've done parent teacher help in my son's class.
Listen to books being read, pack away school gear and watch painting, aka make sure students don't have a paint fight.

It can feel like all you are doing is taking up space in a class room.
It can feel like the role of a helper in our children's and youth ministry.

Sometimes if we need more leaders at our programs we make announcements for more helpers.

The trouble we then get is when our helpers stand to the side and don’t engage with our leaders or young people.

We see them as leader, but they see themselves as helpers and act accordingly.

We might even want them to take a step up, but they say, "I'm only a helper".

This cultural change could grow your leadership.