- What is the gospel?
- What is the mission of the church?
- What is a disciple?
- How are disciples made?
- How does our current approach to making disciples line up with #3 and #4?
- What changes need to be made to reflect better our understanding?
- How will we measure our effectiveness in disciple making?
From Josh Patrick, Lead Minister of the 4th Avenue Church of Christ in Franklin, TN.
I would add at the very top of the list:
What is the state of my relationship with God and how am I being discipled by others?
What is the state of my unseen life, family life, etc.?
We can only be good disciplers when we ourselves are good disciples.
Most churches think “programs”, not “purpose”, and most churches don’t assess their “processes” in the light of “purpose”. When we start getting intentional about linking processes with the purpose (the Great Commission), our churches will do better.