Micah Fries, former Director of LifeWay Research, describes at the 2016 BACE Conference, the second of eleven practices or trends in discipleship. He calls this Discipleship Trend: Principle-Driven Disciplemaking. For a long time Southern Baptists did not embrace this practice because churches embraced a more methodological approach to discipleship that promoted consistency from church to church.
Micah Fries, former Director of LifeWay Research, describes at the 2016 BACE Conference, the first of eleven practices or trends in discipleship. He calls this first Discipleship Trend: Behavior-Focused. Because the church has defined discipleship solely as a “get smarter equals get better” approach, the gathering of knowledge has taken precedence over actual life-change. The Behavior-Focused approach could help churches that are
– By George Steere Yes, the title of this blog post most likely got your attention. We, as church leaders, place so much emphasis on the value of Bible study groups, as we should; yet we still face the challenge to understand why so many groups have become stagnant and don’t seem to be producing much spiritual fruit. My
How many Christians have grown spiritually over the past year? How would you answer that question for yourself? How has the shift from discipleship being the primary front door to the church to worship becoming the front door affected the focus on spiritual maturity by the church as a whole and by individual believers? Micah
-By Josh Hunt Boredom is like anthrax. It can kill … Dull, insipid sermons and lessons (italics added) not only cause drooping eyes and nodding heads, they also destroy life and hope. What greater damage can we do to people’s faith than to make them feel like God and Jesus and the Bible are as boring as