A blog post from 2011 resurfaced yesterday titled;
It referenced another blog post from 2011 titled;
I would suggest reading those two articles before continuing further.
A few sentences struck me in these pieces:
“Small groups are things that trick us into believing we’re serious about making disciples. The problem is 90 percent of small groups never produce one single disciple. Ever.” ~ A Nationally Recognized Pastor
“Groups don’t make disciples; disciples make disciples. It is my contention that for far too long we have placed the burden of sanctification on group meetings that were never meant to transform a soul, but to give transformed souls a place to join and interact in a healthy manner. Your church is only as good as her disciples.” ~ Neil Cole
“Well-intentioned Christians, armed with the latest insights in organizational theory, let their pragmatic and utilitarian hearts delude them into thinking they could organize, measure, and control the mystical working of the Holy Spirit in community in order to consistently reproduce disciples in other contexts.” ~ Brian Jones
While these posts are nearly 3 years old today, I believe they are just as timely and appropriate as when they were first written. I also believe that they were surface scratchers. If we took the basic premise and widened its scope for today, then I suspect it might sound something like this:
“Any church group anywhere, any intentional collective gathering of God’s people, and any ecclesiastical community of any sort that’s not making disciples, is “not working.”
If we’re not going to chart the church’s mission by disciples being made, then by what other criterion?
Is that too reductionistic, or is it right?