Missional Discipleship

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : September 21, 2005

In a previous post, I talked about the incarnational practice of mobilizing discipleship. I said:

The Mendicants were [are] very serious about discipleship, but they did it
on their feet.  We need to find intense and rich ways of training
people on their feet.  It may involve some coursework, but coursework
done in a missional way.  But mostly it would involve lots of
one-on-one conversations between "novices" and those who have gone
before them. 

I’m going to develop a concrete example of this over coming months.

Here is the fruit of my thoughts: Continuing in the Way of Jesus: A 45 Week Apprenticeship.  I’ve started the process mentioned in 45 Week Apprenticeship with Josh. Josh and Carmen are a young married couple that live with my wife and I (we’ve got other housemates too). It is still a work in progress…and it expresses the direction I’m beging to encourage more and more at Missio Dei.  If you’ve got time, take a look.  The first 4 pages are the values and beliefs of Missio Dei, so you can skip that stuff if you want to get to the mobilized discipleship stuff.

Basically, Josh has study to do throughout the week.  We have an intentional meeting weekly to talk and touch base.  Josh is also involved in the community life of Missio Dei.  Part of our own project together, that isn’t reflected in the Apprenticeship materials, is that we’re begining to spend time on the West Bank specifically to meet new people and to plant a house church with those new people.  It is definitely an exciting prospect, but will take much more effort and commitment than the attractional approach to church.

I’d appreciate your comments.

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4 Responses to “Missional Discipleship”

  1. Van S on September 21st, 2005 2:48 pm

    By the way, I was inspired by the examples of InnerChange Minneapolis and the Simple Way in Philadelphia. They both influenced my thinking a great deal. Thanks to both communities.

  2. Jeff on September 22nd, 2005 4:17 pm

    I like it a lot, Mark. That’s exciting!

  3. graham on September 26th, 2005 10:10 am

    This is excellent, Mark. Thanks.

    How would you feel about adding this to the resources page on Organic Church (maybe with an explanatory post)?

  4. Van S on September 27th, 2005 1:31 pm

    Sure Graham.

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