active, and now there’s talk about merging.”
Congregations are looking for innovative ways to be faithful to God that will energize their ministry. Those congregations that seem to be weathering the storm have engaged in a discipleship model of ministry. A discipleship model of ministry is focused on Christ’s mission of reconciliation to unite all people to God and to one another. Without discipleship training Christ’s mission is too often limited to the confines of the congregation and does not relate sufficiently to one’s daily life, let alone to one’s encounter with the world. The Seven Habits of Jesus serves as a discipleship training resource through which the followers of Jesus may experience the benefits of living each day with him. When discipleship training occurs within a congregation, the mission and ministry of that congregation are given new impetus toward Christ’s mission of reconciliation, that it may be experienced around the world today in an unprecedented manner!