Paul did much the same. When you read through Acts and the epistles Paul penned, you see names, Timothy being primary. 2 Timothy 2:1 – 2 mirrors in Paul’s admonition to his apprentice, not only Christ’s method, but also His command in Matthew 28:18 – 20.
If you look at Acts 11:26, this is reinforced. The disciples were called Christians, not the other way around. The problem may be that we have forgotten what it takes to make a disciple.
In his books Simple Church and Breakout Churches, Thom Ranier shares research that supports this as well. He states that the churches that are doing great, are those who have defined discipleship and have put in place an intentional process for moving people toward discipleship.
To me this is simple. Pastors have to refocus on equipping, making disciples, intentionally developing leaders, rather than what program to run in the next 13 weeks.
The challenge will be that the consumers will rebel.
What do you do with that?