What is a disciple, anyway?

What is a disciple, anyway?

Everyone seems to agree that a disciple is not simply a person who prays the prayer of salvation and then goes to a church service on Sundays, although in actual practice this may be the definition that is most common. Churches may be full of people who have prayed a prayer of salvation, but does that make them disciples? Or is there more to it? How we define a disciple matters. Jesus clearly told His disciples to go out and make more of them, and anyone who desires to share the Gospel needs a starting point. Here is a working...Read more …
4 simple steps to building a small group for the spiritually curious

4 simple steps to building a small group for the spiritually curious

Jesus is our model for creating God-honoring, life-changing community. Yes, he spoke to the masses, but Jesus’ primary ministry here on earth came via an invitation to twelve ordinary Jewish men. As you well know, Jesus invited them into community with him to learn and grow together as they followed him. Rather than mass-producing disciples, Jesus chose to invest deeply in a handful of people, developing committed followers. We’ve identified four simple steps–or stages–that will help you start groups for spiritually curious people, stages that mirror what Jesus did in building his first group of disciples. Preparation Jesus spent focused...Read more …

On the Radio – Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way. Brought to you by Q Place. I’m Jeff Klein. This little book has been around forever: The Master Plan of Evangelism. It’s basically the story of how Jesus built a movement of the Kingdom through twelve ordinary lives. One of the principles He employed was selection. Jesus didn’t put out a general announcement asking who might want to follow him; He didn’t put out a general invite to the crowd. No, Jesus selected those He wanted. He prayed through the night, then went and found them those who God directed Him to, and invited them...Read more …
Why disciple in groups?

Why disciple in groups?

Today, the Western world is increasingly skeptical of institutional Christianity. But an invitation to explore God and the Bible with a few others is a great first step for people who are unlikely to step through the doors of a church. Facilitating these small group communities is an honor and privilege and is also a rich, holistic approach to evangelism that Jesus’ followers of all levels of maturity can participate in. And they have always been part of the church. Small group guru Bill Donahue notes: Small groups were an integral part of the early church structure. They were small enough...Read more …
Ministry got you down? Regain the JOY

Ministry got you down? Regain the JOY

According to EXPASTORS.com: 50% of ministers starting out will not last 5 years. 1 out of every 10 ministers will actually retire as a minister in some form. And 4,000 new churches begin each year while 7,000 churches close. The statistics speak for themselves Working in ministry—as a full-time pastor or a lay minister balancing a job and a church—is challenging. Ex-pastors cite being overworked, feeling underpaid, feeling unprepared, struggling with depression and discouragement, negative family impact, and loneliness among the top reasons for why they left their pulpits. In addition, an overwhelming 90% say that ministry was completely different than what they thought it would be...Read more …
Dividing to Multiply? “It’s like a new birthing!”

Dividing to Multiply? “It’s like a new birthing!”

Seeing our group grow was thrilling, but last fall we found ourselves so large that some of our group members’ houses weren’t big enough and we had to rearrange furniture to get everyone seated. I realized with conviction that when another new person showed interest in joining us, my immediate thought was, We can’t have any more! We had grown close as a group, but comfort in our cocoon is not God’s goal, as much as we enjoy it. After much prayer, right after Thanksgiving I brought our size challenge to the group, asking them to pray over Christmas break and to...Read more …
On the Radio – Walk the Way

On the Radio – Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way, brought to you by Q Place, I’m Jeff Klein. This question has been burning in my mind: When did the first disciples Jesus walked with GET who He was? Was it when they witnessed miracles? Did it happen in the upper room during their last meal with Him? Along the way? Or was it when Peter blurted out, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God” in response to Jesus’ question? There seem to be times they got it. But then what do you do with conversations like the one they had over who...Read more …
Where are you today?

Where are you today?

A couple years ago, my friend Eileen confessed to Jeff and me—over a nice, mellow, comfy Friday night dinner with her and her husband in their dining room—that she was dissatisfied with her job. Eileen was apologetic. With the economy unstable and unpredictable, each one of us was well aware that we were fortunate still to have jobs. Many people we knew had lost theirs, or would head to work wondering if this day would be their last among the ranks of the employed. Eileen was grateful for her paycheck, but restless. “I’m tired of working for a big corporate...Read more …
Intersections

Intersections

Today’s blog is a bit different than usual. As Jeff Klein, our National Church Partnership Director, sat down to begin writing a bit about “Intersections,” he realized that he was pretty much reflecting on many of the same thoughts he’d spoken about in a video some time ago that was produced by Walk the Way before it officially became part of the Q Place family. That’s when Jeff asked me if I thought it would be “cool” to show that instead of having him write it all down. As the On Q Editor, I agreed that, indeed, posting a video blog would be...Read more …
On the Radio – Walk the Way

On the Radio – Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way, brought to you by Q Place, I’m Jeff Klein. Have you seen the new Google Commercial? It begins with this: “A question is the most powerful force in the world.” It continues: “A question can start you on an adventure. A question can spark a connection.” And finally, “A question can change how you see the world.” Have you thought much about the power of questions? Have you thought about their power when it comes to evangelism and disciple making? What if Google’s right? What if right now, at this point in history, questions are more...Read more …