Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | June 7, 2013

Bringing discipleship back to the local church

INsourcingAccording to Chris Ingram, President and Teaching Pastor of Living on the Edge, Christianity is in crisis.  Even the most successful churches and programs are not producing mature followers of Christ who lead others to Christ and make disciples. He maintains that life-on-life missional discipleship is missing.

Perimeter Church, over 25 years ago, discovered their personal, life-on-life missional discipleship approach was responsible for the unique spiritual growth in members of the church.  “INsourcing” tells its story and shows how they learned to bring discipleship back into the life of the church.

Pope and his wife started discipleship groups with a few committed people.  After three years, these committed people started discipleship groups of their own.  This model of discipleship suggests that the leader invite members to the group and facilitates group meetings that embrace five fundamental areas including Truth, Equipping, Accountability, Mission and Supplication.  Small groups last three years at which time those who are ready will lead their own group.

After more than 25 years, Pope’s discipleship model is proven to grow Christians spiritually in the faith and equip them to disciple others.  Using examples of a typical small group meeting throughout the book, it’s easy to see why this model works so well.  Along with the spiritual teaching, a community forms.  This community prays for each other, holds each other accountable and lives life together.  It fosters unity within the church and develops a strong community of believers who love others.

“INsourcing” is a must-have resource for every pastor seeking to increase spiritual growth in his/her church.  It is an invaluable resource for creating small groups in the church community.

Randy Pope is the pastor of Perimeter Church in Atlanta, Georgia.  Perimeter has helped plant 28 churches in the Atlanta area and is a founding partner of Unite, a group of more than 120 churches from different denominations working together to bring kingdom transformation to Atlanta.  Randy has recently established Life-on-Life Ministries, an organization committed to establishing life-on-life missional discipleship in churches worldwide.

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