Do you remember when the term “discipleship” seemed to go out of style a few years ago? Eventually, it was replaced with words like “mentoring” and “coaching”, which had broader appeal outside of Christian circles. But it’s a word I remain fond of, probably because a form of it is used in one of my favorite scripture passages.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” ~Matthew 28:19-20
Our Lord spoke these words before He departed, and they are as significant today as they were then. And if you know about the early Church, you know that those who acted on those words changed the course of history, taking the discipleship mandate to dark places and defiant cultures, even if it meant making the ultimate sacrifice.
How did they accomplish so much in so little time?
Being led by the Holy Spirit, the disciples followed Christ’s model. They were with Him as He went out on His mission, spreading His message, teaching the multitudes, entering areas where He was not popular, and conversing with those who others shunned. He did not shy away from confronting cultural and religious error. Instead, Jesus used those moments as teaching moments.
He also used the means available to Him, and He spoke into the culture of the time.
If you are in a position to teach, to train, to make disciples (this includes pastors and parents), I encourage you to be informed about the digital media trends your family or flock are facing. It’s a quickly changing landscape, and leaders must lead in this area.
Not only should you learn about the digital age, I encourage you to engage in it, and that includes social media. Sure, it has brought new challenges, but it also presents new opportunities. Pastor, get on Facebook. Set up Twitter. You might not have millennials come shake your hand after service, but you might find them commenting on (and sharing) your posts, creating a connection through a medium that’s very natural for them.
And don’t neglect discussing the pitfalls of this vast vault of information and communication. Discipleship is not just learning about the Christian faith. It is also living it. And that includes online.
To assist you, we offer a free resource that not only provides the background on the digital revolution, it also gives an overview of the latest trends, the advantages and disadvantages by age group (it’s eye-opening), plus other vital data you can use to inform and educate those you disciple.
Parents, I believe this content is a must for you, too.
And please share it with others. Together, we can fulfill our vision to change the culture for Christ, one heart at a time.
Franklin Santagate is the Executive Vice President of Marketing for Pure Flix, and works with denominations, ministries, and organizations by finding common vision, assets, resources and influence. From that position, we create initiatives we can do together that we cannot do apart, reaching our mutual objectives and expanding the Kingdom of God. To discover more or to become a Pure Flix Global Strategic Alliance partner go to http://pureflixalliance.com/join/.
To contact Franklin for speaking opportunities at churches and special events, email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.