In response to this, it would be advisable to start more organically. Moving forward, a small team of people who are dedicated to becoming missional disciples would be the best next step. As the authors of Building a Discipling Culture note “If you make disciples, you always get the church. But if you make a church, you rarely get disciples.” These authors seem to critique the original focus of the missional team. Once again, here are the author’s insights.
If you set out to build the church, there is no guarantee you will make disciples. It is far more likely that you will create consumers who depend on the spiritual services that religious professionals provide.
The format that these authors use is called a huddle. And the foundation of the huddle is invitation and challenge. The idea is that people are invited into a deeper level of discipleship, but this discipleship comes with a price. The invitation is one of being invited into a relationship where you have access to the person’s personal life, and hence the safety, love, and encouragement that resides there. It is an insider’s look into someone’s life. There is also the challenge aspect. The challenge nature of disciple is one of challenging the individual to live into his or her true identity in Christ. It seems in the present culture, people enjoy low challenge Christianity. But Christ challenged his disciples to grow in spiritual maturity.
The authors note three different ways that people learn discipleship. 1. Classroom/lecture. 2. Apprenticeship. 3. Immersion. One of the failings of the missional team was that we did not spent much time in apprenticeship or immersion. We spent the majority of time dealing with education. Moving forward, I would invite the team members into a deeper relationship with me, and spend the majority of the years inviting the team a long with me on various missional projects, and immersing them into a missional walk with God. Instead of moving into the presence of the congregation, the team would be the only ones that experienced missional living. This might have helped create stronger sustainability within the team.
This style of training happens through a huddle. A huddle is a group of four to ten people you feel God has called you to specifically invest in, and you will meet with them regularly to intentionally disciple them in a group setting. Some of the wisdom that is given by the authors is to first create a language that will create a culture. This was done somewhat in the missional team. At first, there was some resistance to using missional terminology like incarnational or missional, but it was explained that new words will create a new reality. The authors also ascribe to this idea. The authors provide a format for the new language which is connected to the use of shapes in explaining theological and discipling content. The shapes are helpful in helping people to understand the spiritual practices and patterns of daily living for Christ. Moving forward, I would use this model in discipling people and myself.
Moving forward, I would use this one text to accomplish this goal. Instead of reading, picking and choosing various books, and mostly becoming overwhelmed with materials and ideas from all the different authors on missional theology and transformation, this time I would use just “Building a Discipling Culture” only.
 Mike Breen and Steve Cockram, Building a Discipling Culture (Pawleys Island: 3 Dimension Ministries, 2011): Kindle Electronic Edition: Chapter 1, location 97.
 Ibid 550.
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- Review of “Introducing the Missional Church”
- Missional Team Update
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