The skills matter. We know it. Anyone who has had the displeasure of sitting through a painful sermon silently begging the preacher to put us all out of our misery and get to the conclusion already, knows it.
It’s not because we don’t love Jesus or the Bible. It’s because we can’t stand to see violence done to either at the hands of one who hasn’t equipped themselves to rightly divide and clearly communicate the message.
The skills matter. Not just in pulpit ministry where exegetics, hermeneutics, and homiletics are at play. They matter in interpersonal discipleship also.
Linear discipleship is one-way. It’s what we are most familiar with. It travels from the speaker to the hearer. Examples include pulpit preaching, radio messages, videos, books, Sunday school teaching, all venues and modalities where the communication is one directional. From the discipler to the disciple.
Interpersonal discipleship, by contrast, is a two-way conversation. It’s a dialogue between two or more people. Questions are asked, thoughts and reflections are shared, and more questions are asked. Discussion takes place. Examples include street evangelism, conversations with co-workers, small group interactions, counseling / therapy sessions, peer lead Bible studies, and social media engagement.
There are a plethora of resources for developing skills for linear communication in discipleship contexts. Scarce are the tools for developing interpersonal discipleship skills.
Discipleship Skills 101 is an endeavor to fill that gap. I invite you to join in the conversation. I’ll be writing articles based out of my experience as an ordained minister with a degree in Biblical Languages and as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with a M.A. in Counseling, engaged in private practice.
Someday I hope to compile the articles into a printed resource that can serve the Kingdom of my King Jesus all over. I hope you’ll use the comment area beneath each article to share your own thoughts on the subjects covered. Together we’ll create something that will really benefit disciplers.
If you have questions or want to talk with me about the project, you can contact me here.
I look forward to reading your comments!
In Christ’s service,
Rev. Josh Spurlock, MA, LPC
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