By Joel Comiskey
Every few years I get my eyes checked. Normally, the eye doctor recommends a new pair of glasses–ones that are specifically fitted to help me see better. The doctor compares my faulty vision to 2020 vision–the ability to see all the lines of letters from 20 feet away.
How is your eyesight for the year 2020? If you’re going to have 2020 vision in the year 2020, you need to start with the why. That is, why are you doing what you’re doing? Why are you leading a cell or pastoring a church?
Some churches simply want to have more people attending. They feel the denominational pressure to grow. Building goals consume other churches. Some churches started well but have lost sight of the goal and have let their ministry stagnate. They need a checkup and a new pair of glasses for 2020.
So what is the best vision to have in 2020?
Jesus tells us in Matthew 28:18-20. He commands his own disciples to make more and better disciples. Notice how Jesus talks about more disciples in verse 19 as he tells his disciples to “go” and “baptize.” Then in verse 20 he instructs them to make better disciples by teaching them to observe all things he commanded them.
The correct vision for 2020 is fulfilling the great commission through making more and better disciples. I believe the cell-based church is best suited to make more and better disciples through cell, celebration, coaching, and equipping.
Better disciples. What are you doing in 2020 to make better disciples? Are you helping your members grow spiritually, take a day off, and improve their marriages? How can you improve your coaching of leaders?
More disciples. What about more disciples? Are you encouraging them to enter the discipleship equipping and multiply cells?
Jesus has all authority over the world and his church (Matthew 28:18). He’s given us marching orders to make more and better disciples. For the month of January, we’ll talk about making more and better disciples. Experienced pastors and leaders will post twenty blogs on this topic. If you’d like to receive these blogs in your emails, please click here:
- January 05-11: Back to the great commission of making disciples who make disciples. We will talk about the importance of reiterating this truth continually.
- January 12-18: making better disciples. Coaching is critical for making better disciples. Practicing the spiritual disciplines is also essential (day off, healthy marriages, etc.)
- January 19-25: More disciples. We will talk about how we can produce more disciples in the cell, equipping, and celebration.
- January 26 to February 01: multiplying disciples. Jesus desires that we fill the earth with disciples. How can we practically do this in our churches?
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