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10 Reasons #6 - “Personal discipleship” (“spiritual parenting”) is not promoted and modeled by the leadership in many churches

August 17 2015 By
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In 1 Peter 5:1-3 leaders are told, ... I exhort the elders among you: Shepherd God’s flock among you, ... not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.

Not just tell people what to do, but rather, show them what to do. Can Christian leaders realistically expect followers to imitate what they themselves are not modeling (by example)?

Most pastors in the Western church are so busy, they don't have time to devote to giving individual attention to new believers. And yet the Word says to be examples. What is the typical pastor being an example of? Many times it's an issue of logistics.

We believe an answer is for pastors and leaders to train “faithful” believers in the church body, who in turn can disciple (spiritually mentor) newer believers. In many churches, discipleship has come to mean “the presentation of biblical truth.” Thus many leaders perceive that their responsibility is to present biblical truth, with the expectation that it is then the responsibility of each believer to allow the Holy Spirit to apply those truths to their own lives. However, since most newer believers are unfamiliar with the Holy Spirit, they need someone to personally help them to understand how to cooperate with Him in their personal spiritual development.

We are aware that many pastors and leaders need assistance in training disciplers, and one of the ministry areas of DTI is to provide discipleship materials, conferences and other assistance in training.

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