The Great Commission was not just given to twelve first-century people, professional clergy, and exceptionally gifted laypersons. Every Christian is intended to share the Good News and help mature disciples who respond to God’s call. Crisis of Discipleship clarifies some of the causes of the problem of disciple-making in our culture and suggests a possible strategy to respond. Hopefully, readers will be empowered to understand the crisis of discipleship more profoundly and effectively, share their Christian faith with others, and lead other church members in the way of Christ.
As a friend recently said, “We have lost an entire generation for the Church and are in danger of losing another.” Christians can respond to the challenge to reach the next and lost generations with the Good News of the wisdom and love of God. However, we cannot overcome our discipleship crisis until and unless individual Christians and congregations are motivated to be more authentic disciples of Christ. For this to happen, Christians must take seriously the Great Commandment, the Great Commission, and the importance of discipling new believers.
The book is designed for readers who wish to learn more about the Way of Jesus and how to share that way with others. This book is not a theological treatise. It is a mixture of practical discipleship theory and practice designed to help leaders and others understand barriers our culture places in the path of those who desire to share the Way of Christ in a relationship of wisdom and love with others. On the other hand, Crisis of Discipleship is not a “how-to book.” There are many such books, some of them quite good. Instead, this book looks at the underlying causes of our difficulties and the best general strategy to respond. Each reader and each congregation must choose its particular way of responding to the crisis of discipleship we face.