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Making Disciples. Making the Church.

This week in two separate conversations with two different pastors the book The Trellis and the Vine was mentioned and I felt motivated to give it a read. Yesterday I grabbed it from the library and devouring the text I just finished it.

In the book the authors present a clear call for discipleship and the gospel growth of congregations and believers. It is a solid challenge to our ideas of doing ministry and the “business” models we employ to run a church. The book calls for the realization of pastor as trainer and the raising up of biblical disciples – co-worker in Christ.

Nearly every church I interact with and leaders I talk to mention the importance of making disciples but the actual definition of what that means for each is vastly different. After reading The Trellis and the Vine I want my definition to be one focused on gospel growth, maturity and sending out my “co-workers” to share and live the gospel.

If you are in ministry or have ever mentioned the word discipleship, you should read this book. I plan on reading it again and perhaps routinely as I launch into a life of ministry.

Let us be about making disciples transformed by the gospel and trained to live well in light of the work of Christ.

This week in two separate conversations with two different pastors the book The Trellis and the Vine was mentioned and I felt motivated to give it a read. Yesterday I grabbed it from the library and devouring the text I just finished it.

In the book the authors present a clear call for discipleship and the gospel growth of congregations and believers. It is a solid challenge to our ideas of doing ministry and the “business” models we employ to run a church. The book calls for the realization of pastor as trainer and the raising up of biblical disciples – co-worker in Christ.

Nearly every church I interact with and leaders I talk to mention the importance of making disciples but the actual definition of what that means for each is vastly different. After reading The Trellis and the Vine I want my definition to be one focused on gospel growth, maturity and sending out my “co-workers” to share and live the gospel.

If you are in ministry or have ever mentioned the word discipleship, you should read this book. I plan on reading it again and perhaps routinely as I launch into a life of ministry.

Let us be about making disciples transformed by the gospel and trained to live well in light of the work of Christ.

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