A Mature Disciplemaking Ministry – Luke 6:13-19
Jesus is approximately one year into His 3+ years of public ministry when we read in Luke 6 that He spent the night in prayer. While it is not unusual for Jesus to spend time alone in prayer with His Father, this prayer time preceded a significant shift in His work. From here on He would have a leadership team that would consist of future leaders of the movement He would leave behind. These 12 would now become His top priority in His ministry and we see that He completes this training of the 12 in John 17:1-6. It is these leaders that ensure that spiritual generations of future leaders will emerge after He departs.
Jesus’ ministry as described in this one paragraph illustrates the three audiences found in a mature disciplemaking ministry and the three different functions that are addressed in these audiences.
The first audience is the Core leaders – Luke 6:13-16. These are emerging leaders who will be the ‘golden thread’ for spiritual generations to come. We Train these leaders in vision and skill for spiritual reproduction – helping them move to maturity and ability to reproduce their lives in others.
The second audience is the Large crowd of Disciples – Luke 6:17. These are those we lead to Christ and those believers we find who want to pursue spiritual growth. We Teach these disciples principles about being a Kingdom citizen – helping them know and apply what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
The third audience was the Great number of people attracted to the movement, but lacking any commitment to it – Luke 6:17-19. We seek to Touch them in the name of Jesus. Some we will simply contact – maybe a survey or simply testifying before them; while others we will deeply impact, even winning them to faith in Christ.
Three audiences in a mature disciplemaking ministry – Emerging Leaders, Disciples, and Great numbers of people on the journey. We seek to Train, Teach, and Touch them for the sake of Christ and for His glory.