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Two Articles: Discipleship and Story

June 29, 2007 just put out two articles of interest: “Rethinking Discipleship: A Framework for Discipleship in Church Planting” and “Is the Bible Just A Story?” The first article has some helpful suggestions for approaching evangelism and discipleship, in particular is the Allen Taha’s use of Discipleship in the Moment (DIM). He writes:

In this current gathering phase of the church plant, I have rethought discipleship and developed a strategy of gospel-discipleship that emphasizes the Scripture, prayer, and kingdom. This new approach arose in part because of the importance that each interaction I have with someone is a discipling experience. I call this “discipling in the moment” or DIM for short. Discipling in the moment is a way of discipling without a program that sees Christians and non-Christians brought closer to their Savior over the course of the conversation or interaction.

Whether you are a church planter or not, this article is helpful. The other article is a reprint of one of my blog entries, which explores how we read and appropriate the Bible, often in unbiblical ways, just to stroke our moral ego, pacify our psyche, or entertain our children. With the Bible-as-Story being popular terminology, I thought it would be a good idea to show a few ways how it isn’t a story.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 29, 2007 9:19 am

    I like the mentality of (DIM). More freedom, less programmatic structure and it avoids a heirarchy of discipleship. Yet, how do you facilitate this in the local church without some form of leadership development and discipleship strategy? I’m in process right now of thinking through these issues as I have a few guys (and a few couples with my wife) that I’m investing into and challenging them to do the same. Do you think discipleship needs a structure or program in order for the church to move together in its mission?

  2. June 29, 2007 9:40 am

    Absolutely. Neil Cole, author of Organic Church/discipleship even advocates a structure but emphasizes an immediate step into church planting and disciplemaking for the new believer. Though, i have concerns about his consequent ecclesiology, I do think we tend to incubate and indoctrinate disciples too much, at least in our circles.

  3. sam permalink
    June 30, 2007 2:41 am

    i should read lyotard’s argument against the metanarrative.

    in the vein of donald miller, aren’t stories the only currency we have in a postmodern world that’s abandoned truth? even a large grouping of “unrelated” stories may tell a compelling story (or few). even if you reject the metanarrative, the small stories taken together should produce the same result.

    of course, outside postmodernism in the real world, the Bible is truth :)

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