Making disciples is tied to being a disciple.

Missional Challenge:

In a recent conversation with a local church leader, he shared with me his greatest joy in ministry and also his greatest frustration. They were interrelated.

His joy was related to the impact that he was having in the lives of high school students. And yet he confessed to me, “I don’t know how to make disciples.”

Read those words again: “I don’t know how to make disciples.”

This is the main thing that Jesus focused on before heading to the cross as the payment for sin. He focused on making disciples. And not only that, He sent His disciples to go make disciples.

Something is wrong in our churches when leaders are faced with this reality – “I don’t know how to make disciples.”

This is one of the largest problems in the modern church. We are experts at getting people in the doors, but not how to turn them into disciple-making believers.

Missional Challenge:

What do most churches measure?

- Offerings
- Attendance

In fact, every week success is often gauged by how many people show up and how much they give.

I know many pastors who feel better on Monday because of these two numbers. When I was a pastor, I often counted how many people showed up at every event I attended. I was addicted to increasing numbers. Counting for me became an obsession. I loved to count heads and often was irritated when the total attendance of our Sunday services wasn’t tallied because someone forgot to count. I falsely linked my worth as a pastor to attendance as if I was responsible for everyone who showed up. That was totally ridiculous.

Discipleship isn’t how most churches want to measure success because it takes time. It’s a “crock pot” instead of a microwave.

While Making Disciples

Robby Gallaty —  September 4, 2014

The Upstream Collective:

What does this have to do with discipleship and the sending church? Before disciple-making ever crosses cultures, it begins by instructing believers with an appropriate posture toward Christ and his church. Like Paul, sent ones have the capacity to be “a dynamic and exemplary force” in encouraging their sending churches on mission. Instead, many hold the basic assumption that the church alone sends love, prayer, and resources. It’s the job of the sending church to cast and cultivate a vision for reciprocation—and even initiation—from their sent ones.

This is why David is perfect for the IMB.

Joe Carter

Platt will be taking over as president of the SBC’s largest initiative. The IMB is the missionary sending agency of the SBC that operates in almost every nation on the globe, except the United States and Canada. The IMB, which has an annual budget of $299 million, supports 4,810 personnel in the mission field and 28,008 churches. In 2013 the agency planted 6,192 new churches across the globe.

Hearing the news of Platt’s appointment, Russell Moore, the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission president, tweeted that he was “radically happy” by the appointment. “I have been praying for a long, long time that he would be elected,” Moore wrote on his website. “Our IMB president must be one who can drive our missions focus in a new way for a new era.”

“The news of David Platt’s election to the presidency of the IMB is one of great joy,” says Harry L. Reeder III, a TGC Council member and senior pastor at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. “I and Briarwood Presbyterian not only rejoice but anticipate the Lord’s blessing upon David’s heart for the Great Commission which would allow him with his leadership abilities to not only maintain the commitment of our brothers and sisters in the SBC to stay the course in World Missions but ascend to the next level of effectiveness for our Lord’s glory and the expansion of our Savior’s Kingdom.”

David has made a huge impact in my life. He’s sold out to engaging the unreached and discipleship. I cannot think of a better person for this job.