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.