Sometimes I don’t know what to call myself or how to identify my work on campus. In collegiate ministry, we can often become program directors. Success can often be confused with empire-building. It’s empire-building-with-a-purpose, but there is often an overabundance of production and promotion. The invitation most commonly given is to an event.
Jesus invited people in to relationship and then sent them out on mission. His ministry with the masses was a filtering point. Anytime he had a sizable crowd, he said something ridiculous to scare most people away. It always worked too. But the true disciples kept coming back. And he kept discipling them and sending them out on mission.
Jesus’ disciples multiply themselves. That’s the only kind of true fruit we see in the parable of the 4 Soils. The more I think and pray over that, the more I want to work to cut out anything I do that might keep the gospel from multiplying.
If it’s not going to make disciples, we’re not going to do it. –Jeff Sundell quoting Jimmy Scroggins (Family Church, West Palm Beach, FL)
This focus on disciple-making is key. What will help us make disciples? What is preventing us from multiplying ourselves?
Our developing guidelines for our ministry look something like this:
It can be hard to stay focused and keep from becoming a Christian program director. Programs aren’t bad. But programs don’t make disciples; disciples make disciples.