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Disciple-cultivation

March 14, 2012

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  • “Discipleship” is lifted as our focus and goal, yet most of the recommendations do nothing to help define what we mean by discipleship or how the changes will equip our congregations to create sustainable and effective systems for disciple-cultivation.

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  1. Wesley White permalink

    The strongest evangelistic and discipleship image I know of is Jesus speaking with his disciples in John 13:34-35 – “I give you a new commandment: Love one another. And you’re to love one another the way I have loved you. This is how all will know that you’re my disciples: that you truly love one another.”

    To love one another implies all the support and correction (nurturing/discipling) that can be given, one to another. It is explicitly tied to the main attractant of others to learn of G*D’s expansive and expanding love through Jesus’ Way.

    Most of the petitions tinker with the surface appearance of piety without connecting that with mercy (Matthew 23:23). A key petition for me desires a constitutional change to add of a code of ethics at every level of the church. This is particularly important for the clergy as a necessary perspective to go along with the professional functions the Book of Discipline tends to focus on.

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