What’s Missing in Discipleship?

Over the past few years I’ve become increasingly alarmed at the actions of Christians as they engage with various cultural and political issues. Social media has revealed that too many of us lack concern for truth, treat others unbiblically or believe arrogantly that we have a monopoly on biblical truth. Fear seems to be motivating too many of us to act in ways unbecoming to Christians, especially to our brothers and sisters who disagree on non-essential beliefs or political answers to the country’s problems. Hopefully you don’t spend much time on Twitter, which seems to reveal the worst of us.

I’ve certainly been guilty of labelling people without understanding, arrogantly thinking my tribe has the right answers and acting out of fear, so I’m grateful to God for working in my life to change so many attitudes. I’m asking him to continue to point out what’s really in my heart.

I believe we are witnessing the fruit of a crisis of discipleship. Something has gone wrong when Christians act just like the world and look for safety and belonging in the culture itself.

I’m in the midst of doing some interviews with women from various backgrounds and experiences who likely have different perspectives of what we’re missing in our discipleship: a theologian, a leader involved in spiritual formation and direction, a woman who has written and taught curriculum in a mega-church and a missionary who works with other cultures.

But I want to know what you would say. What is missing in what we teach/stress or in our methods that is allowing us as Christians to ignore so much of what the Bible says?

Kay is a life-long Texan whose favorites are Tex-Mex, books that feed her soul or make her think, good movies and travel to new places. Her great joy is to serve God by teaching the Bible and developing women as servant-leaders. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Beyond Ordinary Women Ministries, which provides free videos, podcasts and articles as well as low-cost Bible studies to prepare Christian women for leadership. (beyondordinarywomen.org) Kay spent ten years leading women’s ministries on church staffs, most recently at Northwest Bible Church in Dallas. Kay is the author of From Ordinary Woman to Spiritual Leader: Grow your Influence, a practical guide to help Christian women influence others by applying foundational leadership skills to their lives and ministries, and a number of Bible studies for women, some are available at bible.org and the newer ones are found at beyondordinarywomen.org. Kay earned an M.A.C.E. from Dallas Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Effective Ministries to Women. Kay’s family includes a husband, two grown children, one son-in-law, two hysterical granddaughters and a Goldendoodle.

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