See… Follow… Be With… Remain

Part of the mission of Servant Network is to facilitate the planting of community centered churches in the facilities that are retained.  As we contemplate walking with lay ministers in this endeavor, we are thinking about the process of training, helping, resourcing, etc.  Stay tuned for more on Master’s Fellowship, but for now… help us think more clearly about our task.

In his excellent book “Jesus Christ, Disciplemaker”, Bill Hull discusses 4 progressive steps to following Jesus…

Come and See
Come and Follow Me
Come and Be with Me
… Remain in Me

How might you differentiate these steps?  Is there a process that can lead others through the conduit of discipleship? How can we invite those we know to take the first, or next, step?

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About Gary Coiro

Nonprofit & Church Leader Nonprofit Leader and Consultant since 2004, following 15 years as a pastor. Competencies include board development, fundraising, staff development and management, strategic planning, church work, Bible teaching, and capital campaigns. Currently consulting and serving on the Church Ministries Management Team for a large multi-cultural evangelical church.
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One Response to See… Follow… Be With… Remain

  1. pmershon says:

    As I think about the mission of Servant Network, it seems there a couple of critical objectives:

    1) Making the training accessible and relevant – people today are busy and want to do things that either help them achieve a goal they have already established. To enter a lay church planting ministry may require people to go through a paradigm shift They may think only seminary-trained pastors could be ministers and wonder if they qualify. They may question how they can fit this training into their lives.

    2) There are many sources of information available today – paid and free- but it seems few of them really bring about transformation. My understanding is that Servant Network seeks to do this in the context of community. I think that is critical. To create community-based churches, we should train people to live in Christian community while engaged in the broader community.

    Praying God’s blessing on your work!

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