This is the third post in a seven part series on going slow in order to go fast.
In our hurry to go and make disciples, we run the risk of failing to recognize local Christians who already have access to the people we are trying to reach.1
Many of these people are better positioned to make disciples of their neighborhoods and cities than we ever will be. However, that does not necessarily mean that they are better equipped.
Here are some questions I ask when recruiting local Christians to advance urban disciple making movements:
- Are their spiritual gifts and passions focused on the lost?
- Do they express their faith outside the four walls of their church?
- Do they have a reputation among the lost as helpful, hopeful people?
- Does their work and lifestyle bring them into regular contact with the lost?
Sometimes recruiting and training slows me down, but then I remember: you have to go slow, if you want to go fast!
- What do you risk losing by equipping local Christians to reach the lost?
- What might you gain?
- What will you do?
Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!
1 Note: there is an important distinction between local Christians who have access to the lost and people of peace through whom the Gospel spreads. But more on that in another post!