I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in Her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday, I share the heart behind one of the resources our team has developed and give an opportunity for you to register to win a free copy of the resource. This week’s resource is Be A Man by John Paul Basham. John Paul wrote this blog.
One of the greatest principles of leadership is replication. The greatest leaders are creators of leaders. When we hold tightly every task, and micromanage every process, we bottleneck our potential and limit our impact. Conversely, when we entrust work and responsibilities to others whom we have spent time developing, our potential for output, creativity, and innovation increase exponentially.
While church leaders often transfer these principles into staff development, they simultaneously struggle to apply them to an intentional discipleship strategy aimed at helping church members grow in Christ. The immediate needs of the local church are often placed ahead of the needs of the global church. When this happens, we find ourselves in the same place as the micro-managing business leader—trying to do all of the work and lead out in every initiative. When we do this, we limit church members to the role of attender and receiver. We allow manmade complexity to obscure the simplicity of God’s call on our lives.
In Matthew 28:19-20 we see the command to go and make disciples of all the nations, teaching them to observe everything that Christ taught them. We don’t see instructions here on how to program this, or track numbers on how many have been discipled. The command is simple: go make disciples. For many years I’ve had a burden for the discipleship of the young men in our congregations. It seems as though the church has given its young men a collective pass when it comes to truly embracing their faith and living a life disciplined and dedicated to the Lord. We don’t expect much from young men and as a result, we don’t see much from them either.
My challenge to you today is to refuse this long-standing trend and begin chasing after the young men in your midst. Without guidance they are left to ride aimlessly on the waves of the inborn wild that God has placed inside of them. With instruction from the Word of God, this same nature can be what propels them to bravely shape the culture around them. We have teenage boys in all of our churches that are brimming with potential and passion and needing someone to lead and challenge them. It’s time for you to step up to the plate and take on this call for discipleship.
Be A Man, was written as a tool to help pastors and leaders disciple teenage boys. I have identified seven areas that I believe are key to the strategic discipleship of young men and have gathered men of great wisdom to help you plant these truths deep into the hearts of young men. In this study they will learn the importance of biblical manhood, theology, spiritual disciplines, personal holiness, mission, leadership, and disciple-making. Now I want you to hear my heart in this. My hope is not merely that young men would find value in each of these pursuits, but that in the midst of these pursuits, they would find the surpassing value of Christ. My prayer is that we would raise a generation of men who make the same declaration that John Bunyan made, “Now, Lord, give me Christ upon any terms, whatsoever he cost; for I am a dead man, a damned man, a castaway, if I have not Christ.”
Today I am giving away 5 free copies of Be A Man to one winner.
Register here or in the form below by 11:59pm CT tonight, Wednesday, October 12th, 2016. We will email the winner on Thursday, October 13.