Christ’s great commission to his followers was to go and make disciples. Discipleship is not simply a programme of the church, it is the reason the church exists. And true holistic discipleship is much more than simply teaching the gospel. Following Jesus’ example the church is called to focus on four values of discipleship.


Jesus called his disciples and had an ongoing relationship with them. They travelled with him, spent time with him and learnt to know him and each other. True discipleship focusses on relationships, through accepting one another, staying in contact with one another and meeting one another regularly.


Jesus focussed on the spiritual growth of his disciples. He worshipped with them, prayed with them, led them in their development of independent faith and challenged their thinking. True discipleship similarly should aim at spiritual growth, through faith development, worship with relevancy and constant challenges to think about and discover more of the faith.


Jesus introduced his disciples to ministry. First sending them out in service for a short while, and later letting them devote their lives to service, mission and training of other disciples. True discipleship should be focussed on mission. Disciples should be constantly involved in serving others, should be mentored and mentoring, and should be equipped to share their faith through mission and service.


Jesus sent his disciples with a commission, but not without the proper equipment. He gave them the power to move mountains and the spirit to comfort them. He frequently prayed for them. True discipleship should empower the disciples. It should focus on training and coaching disciples into leadership, it should encourage ownership of the vision, and most importantly there should be constant prayer for empowerment.

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