Mission and discipleship
Former WCC (World Council of Churches) director of the Commission World Mission and Evangelism Jooseop Keum wrote in 2016. ‘It is time to question ourselves as ecumenical mission leaders and workers: ‘Are we true disciples of the gospel?’ In my view, this question is more important than any other academic missiological discourse in todays context. It is not a matter of numbers or resources. It is the quality of discipleship that will prove decisive. It is time for the issues of authentic discipleship to be given priority attention in ecumenical missiology.’
These words seem pertinent to us in the English context too given how divided we can seem at the moment. To that end, CTE are gathering national churches, theological colleges, Christian charities and youth agencies in March 2020 to tackle the question of missionary disciple making and ask how we can work together in creating authentic disciples. For more information, or to register interest in joining us click here.
Whilst working close together is a priority, we at CTE recognise that throughout the UK there are a plethora of great discipleship material being produced by all sorts of organisations for all sorts of contexts.
Here are a few of the resources we are finding useful:
The Anglican Communion, whilst a bit bigger than England(!) has taken the idea of intentional discipleship quite seriously and this link provides an overview of resources which can be useful in all sorts of settings from working with children to adults. Find out more about this here.
World Vision have some excellent materials for family discipleship based on Matthew 25. The Matthew 25 Challenge is a week-long disciple-making experience for your congregation – where for one week your church will focus on Matthew 25: 35-40 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in…”
Gary Gibbs and the Team at Elim have created an excellent intro for discipleship that may be useful for new Christians. Titled The Walk, the booklet is available here.
Jooseop Keum, ‘Conclusion: Prospects for Ecumenical Missiology’ in Kenneth. R. Ross, Jooseop Keum, Kyraki Avtzi, Roderick. R. Hewitt (eds) Ecumenical Missiology: Changing Landscapes and New Conceptions of Mission(Oxford: Regnum, 2016) p. 568.