The Churches’ understanding of making disciples today, isn’t correct. There is a difference between making converts, and making disciples.
Whenever there takes a conversion place, it’s the churches’ job to take the person in and start teaching them about the Word and equip and enable them as disciples.
Every person will stand responsible before God, so we have to be wise in making disciples.
All Shepherds of the Church will be held accountable for everyone under their leadership. This isn’t a task to take lightly and is the reason why the leadership should make sure to have a good system and structure in place which will be able to take care of the members. a System and structure which will effectively equip and enable each one.
1 Corinthians 11: 1 1 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
- As Apostle Paul said this to those under his care, each Pastor or Apostle, or whoever is the main leader of the church, should be able to say this to those under their care.
Unfortunately, many people have experienced hurt from spiritual leaders when they were supposed to receive the opposite. We all see that some church leaders abuse their position and authority.
But on the other hand, some people are so broken, anything any preacher or leader says can offend them. So, we all really need the Holy Spirit to help us.
Every person should decide for themselves which leader and church they find OK to learn from. Just as we have the freedom to see different personal trainers, and get to decide which one is best for us.
Although, the church shouldn’t aim to lure followers. Followers should not be a priority. If the church is just looking for the numbers, there’s a problem. Every church leader should be able to ask themselves “can I take care of all these people?”, “Did I disciple them?”, “Did I do my job?”.
People think sometimes it’s OK if they avoid church for a while, because they work very hard in their life, etc. But in all we do we show God where our heart is towards Him. Will we honor His desire to continue to assemble with the brethren?
God will always be looking for our commitment.