Is There a Sacred Discipleship Space Problem?

I am attending the Discipleship Track at Exponential in Orlando, Florida. The Forum panel includes some major names in discipleship: Robby Gallaty, Jim Putman, Bobby Harrington, Alex Absolom, Ariyana Rimson, and Bill Hull. Their focus has been walking through discipleship arenas/spaces (from Discipleship That Fits): public, social, personal, transparent, and divine.

Conversation today made me stop to think. Could we be teaching people that all discipleship should be  done at the church? Could we be applying this to personal discipleship as well as our efforts to discipline others? Are we undercutting our Lord’s Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) by focusing more on the place of a church building than upon relationships and “going?”

What might happen if we intentionally decentralize and mobilize disciple-making? Do we need to give our people permission AND an example (with leadership) for this shift to occur?

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