The Problem is discipleship or the lack thereof
I am not an expert on discipleship. However, I have attended a lot of churches in my lifetime. And due to my military service, I have had the opportunity to visit a great deal of churches in my adult life. This gave me the opportunity to view the church with a critical eye and at least some degree of God given wisdom. One thing that they all seem to have in common is that their new believers get pursued aggressively and given much attention until they get baptized and join the church. After that, they seem to be placed in the good ole boys, or should I rather say, good ole members club and lost in the crowd. Yet they have never been taught “all that he has commanded us” Matt 28:18-20. This lack of proper discipleship programs in our churches today is so great that over the years, the disease has led to a broken, whipped, and weak American church that sits quietly in the stands and lets the world crumble around it.
We have to turn it around or face judgment
I fear that as the years continue to go by without action, the church will be completely eradicated in America. We, as leaders of the church will have no excuse before Christ as to why his body was removed from the land of freedom he blessed it with so many years earlier. We have failed to maintain it because we failed to care about people enough to make sure we give them the tools they need to grow into mature Christians. We have plenty of mature church members on roll in our churches, but if you tested all these believers I fear you would find far less Spiritually mature Christians as you do mature members.
The Cure for the Disease
There is no quick fix for this pandemic. However, there is still a fix for it. The fix is genuine leaders who genuinely care for people, especially our young people and new believers. We must bring back peer 2 peer accountability groups, one on one coaching between mature believers and new Christians, and we absolutely must go back to the drawing board on the great commission. We need to ensure before we let our hands loose of our new converts and new members that they have all the support and tools they need to mature in the faith as God has ordained it to be. If we do these things we can reestablish the strength of the evangelical church in America and it just might not be too late for America after all. In the next leadership post we will look at those fundamental disciplines of the faith that each new disciple should know in order to mature as a Christian.