Study: Relationship building good, more discipleship needed

"Fewer than half of churchgoers (48 percent) agree with the statement, 'I intentionally spend time with other believers to help them grow in their faith.' This includes 19 percent who strongly agree. The same number (19 percent) disagree." - BP News

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Bert Perry's picture

Look at these numbers.  Now even if we ignore the reality of people doing discipleship poorly, it looks bleak.  Good companion piece for the one about the death of an American Church.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

MF's picture

Jesus spoke in parables for a reason. Some would argue that it was to confound the elite. Others argue that it was to enlighten the outcast. Either way, the point of a parable is to persuade. In other words, the Church is failing to persuade. Now, persuasion depends on two things, the right message (theology) and the right messenger (ministry). Considering the enormity of the problem, we probably need to change both. Wouldn't you agree?  

TylerR's picture

Editor

MF wrote:

Now, persuasion depends on two things, the right message (theology) and the right messenger (ministry). Considering the enormity of the problem, we probably need to change both.

What do you mean by that?

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

MF's picture

Think of it this way. 

 Matthew 9:16-17

“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”