As I shared last week from David Worcester’s article, “5 Practices of A Life-Long Learner,” we can choose to just go through life, or grow through life. Personally, I believe that merely going through life shows that we don’t care about it; we’re just here, doing whatever it is we do for no particular reason. But if we choose to grow through life, I think it could prove to be so much more meaningful. That’s something we as Christians, especially those of us who are in the mission field, should start putting into practice if we haven’t been doing so already. After all, growing in our personal relationship with Christ should be our first and foremost life goal. So, how can we learn to start growing through life instead of just going through it? Well for starters, here is what David Worcester recommends, using the L.E.A.R.N. tool he designed for us.
The first practice he gives us in this set of tools is to listen to wise people. Worcester tells us that we should take care to listen to people we aspire to be like. In this case, listening to audiobooks or sermons by reputable, theologically accurate pastors and teachers is a good start (I personally recommend David Platt, John Piper, and Dr. David Jeremiah, just to name a few). The Berean Jews in Acts 17:11 are an example of how good listeners become good life-long learners. “They received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” The aspect of listening and putting it into practice is important because it will not do us any good if we don’t take care to study and cross-examine what we’re taught for the sake of accuracy and understanding.
The second practice Worcester applies to these tools is to evaluate experiences. In other words, an experience itself might be good, but for us to take away valuable lessons, it helps for us to pause and reflect on what was learned from the experience.
Asking questions is the third, and probably one of the most helpful and applicable practices in this set of tools, in my opinion. Although it's probably one of my weakest points in learning too, ironically enough but don’t ask why (pun intended) because I don’t think I can give a valid enough reason. Worcester notes, “Your growth is largely determined by the quality of questions you ask and the wisdom of those you ask. If you ask the right people the right questions, you tend to get the right answers.” Jesus was a prime example of one who asks questions for the sake of learning and understanding, as seen in Luke 2:46-47 when his parents find him in the synagogue among the religious leaders.
Next, we should practice reading good books. But not just any good books (because romance novels and science-fiction won’t do). Like listening to wise people, we need to take care when choosing what information we want to consume. Being an avid reader myself, here’s something that I found helpful from Worcester when I need something good to read. “The most important thing about a book is not what it teaches you, but what it stimulates in you.” Information is great but it’s even better when the information stirs up conviction or motivation to put it into action and make a change.
An example of a good book is one that I read early last summer called Tactics by Greg Koukl. One thing it teaches us is how we as Christians can make friendly conversation with non-Christians by simply asking them questions about why they believe what they believe. And if they’re open, we can even ask them if they would like to know why we believe what we believe (something our CoMission staff does on a regular basis with students at USFSP). Talk about taking the practice of asking questions to a whole other level!
Finally, the last practice Worcester gives us in the L.E.A.R.N. tool is to never stop learning. “As long as your mind is working, every day can have the adventure of learning something new!” Remember how I mentioned last week at the beginning of my blog post that there are two things I believe can never be perfected (life and medicine)? Well, I don’t think those could be any closer to the truth, especially when it comes to life itself. If we choose to keep learning for the sake of growing, especially in our walk with Christ, life is chock full of adventure and meaning.
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The fear of the LORD is the
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But fools despise wisdom and
We’ve all heard the popular saying, “practice makes perfect.” While this might be true in many aspects of life, there are two things I firmly believe can never be perfected, no matter how much we practice. One is medicine. Why do you think doctors call their places of business practices? Someone can practice medicine for 30+ years and become very knowledgeable in the subject but never perfect it because they’re always learning something new about it.
The second thing I believe can be practiced but never perfected is life in and of itself. Like medicine, life always presents us with something new to learn. We learn how to determine between right and wrong; healthy and toxic. We learn how to behave when encountering different situations. Learning is a never-ending cycle in life. But what’s more, we need to apply what we learn and allow ourselves to grow.
I recently read an article from Campus Ministry Today titled, “5 Practices of a Life-Long Learner” written by David Worcester of Compass Church in San Diego, California. He referenced an old metaphorical saying that basically means “Teach someone and they will learn something, but teach them to learn and they will learn for a lifetime.” But we already spend our whole lives learning so why or how does this matter? Here’s what I think Worcester is getting at: how we learn is what makes the difference, especially when it comes to living in a way that reflects Christ to those around us. Even more so for those of us who work in college ministry because if we’re not willing to learn, how can we expect our students to learn?
Worcester mentions that in order for us to learn, we need to be willing to make some changes in our everyday lives and routines; break some old habits and replace them with new ones that will help us grow. We need to choose between either just going through life or growing through life. “Growth almost always happens outside your comfort zone, it very rarely happens by accident, and usually costs you something.” To expand on his question for us, what are we willing to give up so we can grow up as disciples and disciple makers? Naturally, the answer will be different for everyone based on different lifestyles.
The second half of Worcester’s article presents us with a tool that he came up with to help teach us how to learn to grow. And what better method than an acronym called L.E.A.R.N.? The action steps, or practices, he gives us to utilize are the following:
Listen to wise people; Evaluate experiences; Ask questions; Read good books; Never stop learning.
For the sake of time, I'm going to wait and share more detail on each of these practices next week. In the meantime, the article is linked for your reading pleasure if you so choose.
Until then, I leave you with 1 Timothy 4:7-8
"...Exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that is now and of that which is to come."
It's so hard to believe that another semester at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg has come and gone, let alone the whole 2020-2021 school year. Although COVID-19 has made things difficult, there are still so many things to be celebrated, including CoMission's USFSP graduating seniors. The week before spring break, we had what we called a Send Party, which not only celebrates the end of a semester but the sending out and commissioning of our graduating seniors as they finish school and prepare for the next chapter in their lives. Naturally, our hope is that these graduates will be able to take the gospel and become effective disciple makers wherever the Lord calls them. This week's content features a short testimony of one of our graduating seniors, Ashley Cyrus, who was also one of CoMission's prominent student leaders. Here's her story.
(Side note: Ashley and one of our CoMission staff, Jordan, knew each other long before USFSP but had lost touch until a few years ago. Now that's what I call a divine encounter!)
I transferred to USFSP in the spring of 2019. During this semester, I was very lonely, knowing basically no one and had no community to be a part of. I thought "this is how my next two years of college will be." However, God answered my prayers and on the first day of the fall 2019 semester, I re-met Jordan. She brought me into CoMission and within the first week, I was serving with different events and getting to know everyone involved in CoMission. Looking back at my first semester, I learned that God was showing me how important community is and how much we need to be involved with other believers to be able to grow in our faith. I also learned that we need to have a support team that will go into the lost world and hear other people's stories; but most importantly, share God's story with others.
I want to encourage students to cherish this community and family that we are a part of. Also, do not be afraid to take as many opportunities as you can to hear other people's stories and share God's story with them because this is a crucial step in growing this family and community. I know many people say this, but these years really do fly by. Take these experiences as learning opportunities to lay the foundation of being able to share God's story with other people in the future. Whether you feel called to be a missionary or go into the workforce, we are all called to tell others about Christ if we believe in Him. What good is it if we just keep this good news to ourselves?
As I transition into a non-student/support role, I also want to encourage the non-students to pray, get to know our students and be there for them. One thing that really stuck out to me when I first came into this community was all the support and love I felt from all generations of people. I could really tell that they cared and wanted to get to know me and support me as I went through college. Let's continue to be a family on mission together that supports, loves and welcomes new people into this family.
Well everyone, as life would have it, last week was spring break at USFSP but I personally did everything except take some time off for a break. Except from the blog of course, on account of writing my newsletter. Since that has been completed now, I can get back to the blog business by wrapping up my series on the traits of a thriving church community.
The fifth necessary trait needed for a thriving community is the ability to process conflict. Now, if any of you are like me, you probably try to avoid conflict as much as possible. Don’t speak your mind or give your opinion because you might offend someone. If your friend asks for your opinion on her outfit, tell her she looks great. And whatever you do, don’t tell her that shirt or dress makes her look fat because you might never hear from her again. Okay, that might be a little rash but now let’s consider something a little more serious.
Suppose your best buddy---who claims to be a Christian---started sleeping with his girlfriend and moved in with her. He asks you not to judge him but as a brother in Christ, you’re responsible for holding him accountable and reminding him what scripture says. You’re afraid he’ll get offended and break off the friendship because you don’t support him so you don’t say anything. Or maybe you simply tell him that you may not agree with his actions but you still love and care for him. Better to avoid the conflict and just keep living as if the issue wasn’t a problem, right? Wrong. Believe it or not, “we do our communities a disservice if we treat conflict itself as the problem instead of using it as a springboard toward further growth and development of our mission and identity.” (Rowe & Jones) If we truly love our friends, we’ll tell them the truth and work through the conflict in a manner of love and respect; a manner that honors Christ, no matter how uncomfortable it gets. Even though conflict in and of itself may not feel like thriving, the community as a whole will ultimately thrive as an end result of having worked through it in a healthy way.
Finally, the sixth and last trait of a thriving community is one that none of us would even come close to considering as a vital point. Suffering. How in the world can suffering result in thriving? Well, to be honest, it just depends on how we view suffering and how we respond to it. “To take suffering seriously as part of the pattern of a thriving community helps us see that Christian communities constantly run the risk of being an offense to the world. And at the same time, some suffering---the kind that seems senseless---can help us learn to hope in the end, in the resurrection. Living through suffering reminds the world of both its brokenness and its hope.” (Rowe & Jones)
As seen in the book of Acts, the church community endures suffering on several occasions but that doesn’t stop them from trusting in God’s deliverance. An example of this is seen in chapter 12 when King Herod kills James, the brother of John. He then imprisons Peter “but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church” (vs. 5) and an angel of the Lord breaks off his chains and leads him out (see verses 7-9).
Last month, I was going through some suffering--- albeit significantly less intense compared to what the church in Acts was going through---and came across Psalm 138:8, which I memorized. “The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” Dr. David Jeremiah’s footnote for this verse in my study Bible talks about how the Lord uses our struggles to help us grow and mature in our faith; He renews us in the midst of our struggles. Like processing conflict, suffering may not seem like thriving at first, but the end result will bring the church community to an ultimate place of thriving when we place our hope and trust in God during our trials and tribulations.
What do you think about when you hear the word, “thriving”? Financial comfort and having a job that you love? An exciting social life? Living in a safe neighborhood? What about just spending some quality time alone and/or being in the presence of God? While these are all good things for us as individuals, the authors of Thriving Communities talk about how we as the church body are called to go beyond our comforts by helping those who are less fortunate, namely providing for the weak. “To thrive as a community necessitates that we provide for the weak and downtrodden, not as a kind of add-on to the central mission of the church, but as something integral to its identity. Making room for the weak members of the community is at the very core of what it means to be a foretaste of the coming kingdom of God.” (Rowe & Jones)
Examples of the church providing for the weak can be found all throughout the book of Acts. Selling one’s goods and giving the money to those in need is one that shows up several different times. Once in chapter two, verses 44-45 and another time in chapter four, verses 34-35. Another example of the church providing for those in need can be found in chapter 11, verses 27-30 when the “mission” church of Antioch sends relief through Saul and Barnabas to the “home” church in Jerusalem during a famine. As clearly seen, providing for the weak surely makes for a thriving church community.
The fourth trait that identifies a thriving church community is articulacy of belief. Now, to help us understand what this means, Miriam Webster defines the word, “articulate” as being able to “express oneself readily, clearly, and effectively.” We as Christians need to be able to clearly communicate the why for our beliefs so other people around us might be able to understand the reason for how and why we live the way we do. However, Rowe and Jones assure us that possessing this type of articulacy does not mean we have to also be well educated or have a high IQ. As a matter of fact, two of Jesus’s followers, Peter and John, were known as “uneducated, common men” but that didn’t stop them from sharing what they knew and understood to be true of Christ (see Acts 4:13). After all, He was the one who taught them everything they knew (at least as far as the Gospel is concerned)! Isn’t it comforting to know that we don’t have to have a college degree, or even a high school diploma, to share the Gospel of Christ? As long as we know and understand the Gospel well, we’re set.
“Everyone in the community, and not just the scholars or intellectuals, must learn to speak about why the community exists. This part of a leader’s work, then: to transmit this information to the group, helping them to know why the institution exists and enabling them also to impart that belief to others.” (Rowe & Jones)
To close out this week’s post, I impart to you Proverbs 1:7.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of
But fools despise wisdom and
Well, I don't know about everyone else but I just can't wrap my head around the fact that we are already in the month of April. Our USFSP students will be going on spring break in two weeks then the remainder of the semester will be completed online. This means that some of the students won’t be returning to campus until fall but our hope is to stay connected with them as best as possible so they don’t lose the integration they’ve established in our community. That being said, I think this introduction is a good segue into this week’s topic, the official first part of looking into the imperative features of a healthy and thriving church community.
The first trait that a church community needs to thrive is a solid network of individuals and even other churches. Now, this purpose of networking is not for the sake of building up one’s own power or influence, which is how this resource can oftentimes be used. On the contrary, C. Kavin Rowe and L. Gregory Jones mention in their book, Thriving Communities, how “The early churches maintained a remarkable level of interconnection, something that helped them form a common identity and purpose, even across ethnic and geographical borders.” Meaningful and intentional relationships that are established between churches are meant to encourage and build each other up in the body of Christ. Acts 9:31 gives an example of what the authors of Thriving Communities refer to. “Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.”
Next, the second feature that is needed for a church community to thrive is visibility, meaning we need to live out our faith for everyone to see and know about. We are not called to keep our faith to ourselves as some might think. In fact, the early Christians believed that “to be “Christian” was by its nature a public confession and identity, so much so that the term “Christian” was applied first by outsiders to individuals belonging to a group that had a distinct, public identity….To the early Christians, being the church meant being a witness in the presence of and for the good of those around them.” (Rowe & Jones) Where is that kind of zeal now in the 21st century? It undoubtedly still exists among the unashamed faithful few, but how many people do we know claim to be Christians yet their actions contradict? Then again, there are even some Christians who even tend to be “overzealous” so to speak, and forget that it’s not their place to do the judging when someone commits an immoral sin. But that’s all for a later (and potentially more in-depth) discussion. The point of this matter is that we as the body of Christ are called to put our faith on public display so others can come to a saving knowledge of Him through the way we represent Him in our everyday lives. A prime example of publicly living out one’s faith for others to see, and even hear, is the story of Paul and Silas when they were in prison. “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them….immediately, all the doors were opened and and everyone’s chains were loosed.” (Acts 16:25-26) Even in the midst of trial, these two men openly expressed their faith in God and their actions resulted in the salvation of the jailer.
As providence would have it, I believe I’ve maxed out my time and space on this week’s discussion. While my writing space is technically unlimited (as far as I’m aware), I understand that not everyone has enough time to read long, in-depth posts so I’ll wrap this up momentarily. Trust me, I’m doing my best to keep these blogs as short, simple and succinct as possible. Next week, I’ll pick back up with the third and fourth features and we’ll see what happens from there. In the meantime, my prayer for all of us going into the next week (as Easter Sunday is in a few days), that God will give us the power of His Spirit to openly express the hope and joy we have in His Son who conquered sin and death for all eternity. Have a blessed weekend!
According to the famous words from Walt Disney’s Lilo & Stitch, “Ohana means family. Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” If there is one thing that I have learned over the last four and a half years while being involved with CoMission, it’s the importance of family and not just the biological kind. As a matter of fact, the particular kind of family I’m referring to in this context is specifically the church body.
Another term that is also widely used, in various forms of neighborhoods or groups of people, is the word, “community.” The Miriam Webster Dictionary defines community as “a unified body of individuals: such as….a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society.” In this case, a community of Christians---or better yet, a church family---is a group of people that shares one main characteristic: belief in the Lord Jesus Christ who loves us so much that He was born of a virgin, lived a human (albeit perfect) life on earth, died on a cross to pay the penalty for our sins, resurrected three days later, and ascended into heaven with God our heavenly Father, leaving the gift of His Spirit to dwell with us and in us.
Over the next several weeks, I will go into detail about what a healthy and thriving church community looks like according to the scriptures in the book of Acts. I will also be drawing from six points that were mentioned in the first chapter of a book titled Thriving Communities: The Pattern of Church Life Then and Now by C. Kavin Rowe and L. Gregory Jones.
This week, for the sake of time, I will just briefly introduce the six main points that will be covered over the next two weeks. These points that the authors address are as follows: 1. Networks and networking; 2. Visibility; 3. Provision for the weak; 4. Articulacy of belief; 5. Processing conflict; 6. Suffering. As we look more in-depth on how these features are necessary for a church family/community to thrive, my hope is that we will all be able to take away something we can apply to our everyday lives as we strive to be more like Christ’s body, the church. I think Rowe and Jones said it best in the concluding paragraph of this chapter.
“To learn about thriving communities from Acts requires us to nurture an imagination that thinks about a complete pattern for life. It’s not that these six features guarantee that we’ll have a thriving community. These are six strands of a unified community life, and when they are woven together, they help Christian communities to serve their purpose in the world. Taken together, these features are what it means for us to live as communities that are a foretaste of God’s kingdom.”
To close out this week's post, I leave you with a biblical definition of the church community. "Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved." Acts 2: 44-47.
As luck would have it, yesterday was Wednesday and also St. Patrick’s Day. No, I didn’t wear green. Sorry to disappoint. As a matter of fact, I never understood why so many people in the United States observed an Irish holiday which just seemed to commemorate a legendary leprechaun.
Now granted, I’ve known for some time that Saint Patrick was indeed a real person but the worldwide holiday (which supposedly brings good luck to those who wear green on that day) evidently does not honor him for who he really was. With that being said, I’m going to spend a little time today giving a short history lesson. Note, the following information I’ll be providing comes from a book I’ve been reading titled, Faith of Our Fathers: Scenes from Church History. The book is a compilation of short works on various historical topics, written by various authors, regarding the Christian church and I’ll specifically be referencing a chapter about Saint Patrick, written by Christa G. Habbeger.
There are limited resources about the life of Saint Patrick, but I think we can learn a good deal about the “Apostle of Ireland,” through his two writings, Confession and Letter to Coroticus. It is from Confession where we learn that Patrick was born in a town called Banavem of Tabernia, most likely in England which was at the time being gradually released from Roman rule. When Patrick was 16, he recorded an instance when he was taken captive by Irish raiders and enslaved for six years as a tender of sheep. During his enslavement, Patrick records his testimony of conversion to Christianity, becoming a man of fervent prayer. He wrote that God later called him to take the gospel back to his former captors in Ireland, a country that was almost wholly unevangelized in the middle of the fifth century (Habbeger 77).
While there are little to no details about Patrick’s ministry and how long it lasted, we can be encouraged by his recordings about the trials he went through during that time. Like many missionaries, he faced opposition, both from family and friends, and from those he ministered to. “Once, he recorded, ‘I give thanks unto him, who has comforted me on all occasions, so that nothing has hindered me from the accomplishment of that which I had laid down to do, and also of my work, which I had learned from Christ. But rather on account of it, I have felt myself strengthened not a little, and my faith has been proved before God and man.’”(Habbeger 78-9) He even wrote of a situation where “‘minor kings….even desired to kill me, but the time had not come; everything which they found with us they seized at once, and bound myself with fetter; but on the fourteenth day the Lord delivered me out of their power….’” (Habbeger 80)
Patrick also endured homesickness and wrote about his longing to visit loved ones in his homeland but refused to succumb to this desire for the sake of the fruits of his labor, the thousands of souls he baptized during his ministry. In fact, “he had long ago decided that ‘if I went [to Ireland], I should wish to be with them the residue of my life.’” (Habbeger 79) And, like many of Jesus’s disciples, he even lacked education but “Confession and Letter reveal that the source of his learning was the Word of God.” (Habbeger 78)
What inspires me personally about Saint Patrick’s life and ministry was his strong devotion to the work God called him to do, so much so that he was a prime example of literally leaving behind loved ones, as referred to in the scripture, Matthew 10:37-38. His love for the Lord and for spreading the gospel far surmounted the love he had for his biological family, something that I fall so short of every day.
My hope and prayer is that we the staff in CoMission would strive to be more like Patrick and other missionaries across the globe today, who love Christ so much more than our friends and family that we would be willing to leave them behind to take the gospel to places where it hasn’t been heard.
“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take up his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 10:37-39
If there is one thing I have learned in the almost 27 years of my life, it's simply this. Time flies whether we're having fun or not. It's already near the middle of the semester at USFSP and spring break will be here before we know it.
Just over the course of the last month, I have seen lots of fruition come out out of new relationships between students and the CoMission staff. John, one of my coworkers has been leading a Bible study every week with a few guys, including one of our student leaders, Lucas, a junior at USFSP. For a while, the study consisted of just the two of them and another student, Sam, who got baptized last fall. Now, there are six guys in the Bible study! Austin and Caleb, both sophomores at USFSP and in the ROTC program, have been in the study now for at least a month and just within the last week, another guy named Ryan started joining in.
Another area where we are starting to see a little bit of fruit is at our weekly campus prayer group on Monday mornings from 10:02 to 11:00. We had two new students join us this week as we interceded for the USFSP campus, the city of St. Petersburg, and a couple of different countries across the globe. So, why do we meet at 10:02 specifically? Well, I have an easy answer to that easy (and very good) question. We base it off of the scripture, Luke 10:2. "Then He said to them, 'The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.'" (NKJV)
Last night, two of our three community groups joined together at the home of a family from our local church, who was graciously willing to host last minute when members from the initial host families fell sick. Now, being a major introvert, large crowds in confined spaces tend to make me anxious (even if I know everyone) and last night was no exception. But despite that, it was still a huge blessing being able to commune with my family as we learned how to pray through the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6. Also, since there are no new students in my specific community group, there were at least three new faces I had not met before, plus another four whom I have met and gotten to know over the last several weeks.
My heart has been so full seeing all of these new students get brought in and connected to our family of missionary servants and prayer for them, whether they're Christian or not, is that they will be able to grow spiritually and see what it's like to live a life totally surrendered to following Christ.
We’ve all heard the popular saying, “reduce, reuse, recycle.” Now don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t consider myself a tree hugger and I’m definitely not going to corner you on the sidewalk with a petition like the Green Peace activists. But I’m sure many of y’all can agree with my preference for clean (and safe) beaches, both for us “smart” humans---who claim our trash just missed the waste basket---and dumb seagulls that don’t know the difference between fish and plastic.
However, there is another type of “recycling” which happens to be strongly discouraged for the sake of a healthy environment, and that’s the environment of disciple-making.
About a week or two ago, I read some articles Paul Worcester wrote about the essentials for healthy discipleship and one of the essentials that stood out to me was reproducibility. As followers of Christ, Worcester cautions us against the complacency of what he calls “dead-end discipleship.” This kind of discipleship is where Christians meet with other Christians to help each other improve their own faith but they don’t break out of their comfort cliques to evangelize and reach non-Christians. Worcester shared a quote from one of his friends who says, “Discipleship without evangelism is not discipleship. It’s actually recycle-ship.” Recycling and reusing the same old Christian relationships can reduce the growth and spread of the gospel, therefore preventing any more people from becoming part of God’s family.
If we as followers of Christ are to maintain a healthy disciple-making environment, we have to go beyond our circle of Christian friends, reach out to non-believers with the gospel and then bring them into the circle for equipping so they can in turn leave the circle to do the same thing. A healthy disciple-making environment is supposed to be reproducible, not recyclable.
To conclude this week’s post, I am going to share some tips that Worcester provided to ensure that our discipleship is reproducing more disciples and not recycling old ones. These are some practices that our CoMission staff apply on a regular basis throughout each semester on the USFSP campus and I think they can be easily applied by anyone anywhere, whether on the college campus or in the workplace.
These are only five of eight pointers that Worcester provided so if you’d like to know what the others are and/or you would like to read more in-depth about the vitality of reproducible discipleship, click here for the full article.
"And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." - 2 Timothy 2:2
I serve with CoMission full-time as the Executive Assistant. My role includes everything from bookkeeping to proofreading and now keeping this blog so you, our family of missionary servants, can stay updated on our latest happenings. Love y'all and hope y'all find this blog informative and encouraging.