Most Christians can probably quote the command of Jesus to go and make disciples of all nations. Yet, how many actually know what it means or how to obey it?
In this episode, Ed Waken, a dad, husband, pastor, and disciplemaker shares his thoughts on how you and I can experience the joy of helping people follow Christ.
Ed is a practitioner. I have known Ed for 7 years and in that time he has become a trusted friend and mentor. Everything you hear in this episode comes straight from Scripture and his experience. You will be blessed if you listen to this episode and you will likely want to listen to it again.
Here are some notes from our conversation:
Q: How would you define disciplemaking?
Nudging people toward Christ. Helping them surrender to Christ and helping Christ be formed in them.
Q: So,if preaching and small groups don’t make disciples, what does?
- Only disciples can make disciples.
- It is difficult. It can be heartbreaking.
- Get heart to heart with people to urge them to pursue Christ.
- In small groups it is important to experience…
- Saturation of the word together
- Authenticity: confessing sins to one another
- Together being sent out into the world to make disciples
- Remember the rewards to come. Seek to hear “well done, good and faithful servant.”
Q: Why is disciplemaking seen as optional?
- Seen as church leaders job
- We have reduced it to being trained to walk people through a curriculum
- We tie discipleship to baptism which is usually reserved for ordained clergy
- Pastors need to do a better job of showing that this is for everyone
- It is everyone’s responsibility to make disciples
- You don’t have to wait to share Jesus
- The Spirit of God intuitively places in us a desire to pass on what we have gained
- Over time we need to rekindle that fire
Q: How do we get started?
- Get desperate.
- Find other people that are desperate.
- Form Life Transformation Groups (for more on LTGs visit
- Gather around the ‘one anothers’ of Scripture
- Focus on multiplication, sending people out
- Realize what the Lord has given you.
- You have everything you need to go and make disciples
- He has given you the desire and the ability to obey him.
- Churches should coax out what is already in the believer!
- Don’t wait until “you are ready.”
- Jesus sent people out “before they were ready.” (ex. Woman at the Well, Gerasenes Demoniac)
- When we will start believing that Jesus has the power to make disciples through us.
Q: We’re busy people. How do we fit this in our schedules?
- Create margins in your life. Create space to spend time with people.
- Find the time even if it is late at night or early in the morning.
- We find time for many things in this life but neglect meeting with other people who need Jesus.
Q: What adjustments should traditional churches make to move toward becoming disciplemaking churches?
- Spend time with people outside your normal spiritual group.
- Incorporate prayer and listening into your hanging out times.
- Ask Jesus to open your eyes to what is really going on around you.
- Develop true community beyond the formalities.
- Ask the Lord to show you who you could be investing your time into to see Christ formed in them.
- Church is a family but we often operate like a school.
To connect with Ed you can follow him on Twitter, @EdWaken or visit his website at www.edwaken.blogspot.com
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