As we come to the end of the Discipleship Essentials book study, I can say it was quite a journey through these key topics of the Christian faith. It has been a good discipline for me to speak on such a broad range of topics, and I’ve tried to complement Ogden in my messages rather than duplicate what he covered.
I’ll take a survey in worship in April to get feedback on this long series. I’m wondering what members of the congregation think about the book and this series, how many people read at least some parts of DE, how many answered at least some of the questions, how many discussed it with anyone, etc. Most importantly, what impressions are they left with about discipleship. I invite anyone who has been following this blog to comment on this.
Chapter 24 brings another challenge to the congregation: to consider the call to disciple others. This is an area that has been lacking in main line churches like Zion’s, but I hope we can continue to develop this ministry. Research by the Barna Group says that churches are most effective when lives are transformed through significant relationships in the congregation that enable people to engage in ministry among themselves. “Sharing the Wealth” explores that kind of ministry.