Your church culture is teaching people how to follow Jesus. What is it teaching them?
"AMERICA'S BEST CHURCHES DON'T HAVE A DISCIPLESHIP PROGRAM OR 'MINISTRY', BUT A DISCIPLE MAKING CULTURE AND IDENTITY." -The State of Discipleship, Barna Group
We are as immersed in culture as a fish is in water. Normally, we are as unaware of our own culture as a fish is of water. When we grasp the power of an intentionally shaped culture we are able to unleash influence with a depth and breadth that sometimes seems too good to be true.
A healthy, disciple making culture impacts individuals within it much like the Kingdom as described in Mark 4:26-28, "Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain-first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come."
Imagine the difference that a disciple making culture could make in your church, men's ministry, or small group. I've been growing intentional disciple making cultures for the past seventeen years. It's a difficult process that's full of barriers and potential land mines. Healthy cultures that produce disciples don't come easy or cheaply, but I've yet to encounter a culture where it couldn't be done.
For many Dayton area churches, I serve as a guide in the process. I know the path. I understand the obstacles and the mile-markers. Navigator Church Ministries has developed a three year (GiDC) process to grow a disciple making culture in your church. Sure, maybe you could read a lot of books and do it yourself, but why learn by trial and error when you could have me, an experienced guide and coach, at your side? As we journey together, stories like the one in this video can be emerging from your church!
Interested? Contact me with a subject title of "Culture Assessment" and we can get started by conducting a culture assessment of your church or group.