Dann Spader is the Founder of Sonlife Ministries and Concentricglobal.org, which is an alliance of organizations in 130 countries committed to “equipping young leaders for movements of multiplication.” He is also the author of 4 Chair Discipling, Walk Like Jesus, and Live Like Jesus. More important than his impressive resume, Dann “walks the talk” in the truest sense of that old phrase. He’s a strategist who’s deep in the trenches of ministry.
Dann, when you hear the word, “disciple” what does that mean to you?
The term disciples (mathetes) is used over 230 times in the Scriptures and primarily means a “learner or follower”. However, many when speaking of disciples, tend to think of a more committed Christian. This is a mistake.
Surrounding Jesus were disciples of all levels of learning and commitment. To me, a disciple is someone at various stages of growth and development and interested in following Christ. They can be a non-Christian “seeker” who is being drawn by the Holy Spirit, a new “believer” who is still a baby Christian and eager to grow, a committed “worker” overflowing with gratitude, or a sent out “missionary” seeking to make other disciples.
A disciple can be at various stages of growth and development. Likewise, discipling (the verb) is the whole process of winning the lost, growing the believers, equipping the workers, and sending out proven multipliers. It is a term that defines the mission of any believer and any Church—and is the greatest of all causes on earth. (Matt 28:16-20).
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