Please pray for the students, faculty and me as we will be meeting this week to discuss establishing our student group as an officially recognized group on campus. Also pray for students who are missionally minded to be drawn to our group. Pray for those divine appointments! School starts in about a month. We have a lot to prepare! God bless!
As many of you know navpress is focused on publishing resources that are aimed at discipleship and seeing people's lives transformed.
what is discipleship? how are you involved in the process of discipleship? how does your church help you in your journey to become a disciple of jesus? we'd love to hear from you! about 10 months ago
Todd JerdonHonestly, I don't think many church understand or even practice discipleship. Many churches have leaders in positions that "hold" onto their position and are fearful of losing status, power or something they love. But this should not be! Ministry is intended to be given away. I worked in youth ministry for a few years and am now going on staff with IVCF, mainly because they are passionate about discipleship too.
There are many aspects of discipleship but I will try to be brief.
In 2Tim2 Paul tells Timothy "And the things you have heard me say in the presense of many witnesses "entrust to reliable men" who will also be qualified to teach others." Many times churches just find warm and somewhat willing people to teach or be in leadership. This is not discipleship. Discipleship is intentional/nonintentional relationship with others, teaching them, encouraging them, building them up through the word, prayer and fellowship in the church. Intentional in mentor disciple relationship like Paul and Timothy. Non-intentional by the way we live our lives and people learn and are drawn to Christ through our example of Truth and Grace.
In Matthew 28, Jesus commissions all believers to go and make disciples, baptizing them and teaching them everything He has commanded his disciples. Loving God and Loving others the chief commands. But the power in it all is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through him we have new life, eternal life and are no longer children of wrath, but children of light.
Disciples should and must follow the example of Christ, the one they are following. Endure hardship, preach the word, encourage, rebuke and train others in righteousness (2 Tim 3,4).
Overall, discipleship ministries like Nav, IV and CCfC need to partner with churches to teach them how to disciple. We are the body of Christ and need to look beyong our denominational differences to reach this ever darkening world with the light of Christ!
I love Nav Press, Life Change Series. It is one of the best resources out there for study and discipleship and small groups. The Word and depth is lacking in so many other studies.
All glory to Jesus Christ and God our Father and the Holy Spirit! about 7 months ago
MIriam Nice post, Todd. You explain the need people have for discipleship well.
As you say, I am not sure that the majority of churches "get it," because I look around and see so many lost people, and even when I talk to people IN the church they are often oblivious of the possibility of a deep, intimate relationship with Jesus Himself.
Everything they know and talk about seems to related to church rules, doctrines, and activities. No direct communication with God, no close relationship with Jesus, no everyday guidance from the Holy Spirit.
Somehow it seems people can be shortchanged in the church, and how much more, people outside the church. about 6 months ago
Kevin I truly agree. Of all the bible study groups in church rarely is the term Disciple taught or mentioned. Like you said, people in the church don't want to be equal, teachers want to stay above, so they hold their position and wouldn't teach another to be his or her equivalent so they too can teach. What Disciples do, and how they live is truly different from how others who attend church, hear whats being taught, memorize it and then go about their secular lives as if that is enough. Disciples are "doers of the word" thats why I love the verse stated in James 1:22 "do not merely listen to the word and deceive yourselves, do what it says."
DISCIPLESHIP is truly lacking and heavily needed in this world. Thank you Todd for your post. 22 hours ago Todd Jerdon Thank you MIriam& Kevin for your responses.
I had forgotten about this post. Since the last post, God has given me greater opportunity to disciple college students where we can put into practice the words of Jesus, "Go and make disciples of all nations.. Matthew 28:18.
I'm wondering... "What if..." as disciples of Jesus, we cleared our schedules at churches and in our families and "devoted" ourselves to the reading and study of scripture, to prayer and to fellowship. (Acts 2:42-48) Not programed meetings or big events... but just coming together daily in love for God and for others. Does someone have a need? Then we assist them. Is someone low in spirit? Then lift them up...Isaiah 58. Would we not see such a move of God's Spirit?
"What if..." we were honest and transparent with God and other believers and confessed, "Hey friend I don't have it all together and I am a slave to_________, let's pray and ask the Lord Jesus to help us in our time of need and I'll do the same for you. "What if.." we confessed our sins and called on the name of Jesus? He's the one who sent his Spirit to do his work. Yet we (the church) tend to act as if it all depends on us.
There is a song by the group Leeland. "Love is on the move, revealing heavens truth. Love is on the way and it will find you." What comfort, what hope this would offer a person broken and under the bondage of sin. What relief, what great salvation to know that our God has provided the way, the truth and the life in Jesus Christ - that He pursues us! O the Love of God in Christ Jesus! :) 20 hours ago ·
MIriam Hi Todd, I had forgotten about this post too! I said: "What?! I wrote that?" :-)
One thing I am concerned about is that, in our religiosity, we may not be true disciples of Christ, maybe of someone or something else, but not Christ and at the end He may say "Depart from me. I know you not."
It is vital that we develop a discipleship relationship with God, no matter how great our pastor, or how big and popular our church.
Right? 19 hours ago
Friends and Partners in ministry,
A great deal has been happening since I last wrote to you in June. I’m so excited to share my experiences and future plans with you and I hope that you will join me in prayer on the following items. There is so much more than I can write in an email so hopefully we can catch up sometime soon.
Staff Training – National Chapter Planters Cohort
I attended the Chapter Planters Training from June 30 – July 7th in Madison, WI. I traveled by train and bus and resided at the Best Western on the Park right in front of the State Capital. I loved the train ride and met a most interesting man who was a retired music history professor from UofM. The bus ride was not as good since I get motion sick, but thanks to dramamine I slept most of the way. The materials shared at the training were challenging and resonated with my heart and passion for ministry. I know without a doubt that this is where God has called me! There is much to accomplish as I head into my first year of ministry on campus but I am heading in with passion and optimism in what our Almighty God can accomplish in and through the students, faculty and me.
A friend shared a portion of scripture that has made an impression on me this week. It speaks very relevantly to starting a new ministry or figuratively planting.
“…blessed is the man who’s trust is the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
I love these verses! No fear, no worries and never fail to bear fruit all because our trust is the Lord! Just like a farmer who plants seeds in his field and patiently wait for a harvest, I too pray that the seeds of faith that are sown at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) will bear much fruit, fruit that will last for the kingdom of God. With these thoughts in mind please pray with me.
All summer and for the next month and a half I am asking that we continue to prayer for the WCC campus, 15,000 students and faculty. What is established as the foundational values and vision of this ministry will guide the following generations of students in the way they should go. Prayer and the Word are key to seeking God’s heart. What is God’s heart for this campus and for these people? Some of the core students and I have been walking the campus and praying for God to show us what He is up to. Earnestly seeking God’s heart takes persistence among many distractions. I purposely take myself to a solitary place to talk with God about His heart and mine. Please earnestly pray!
Would you pray for God to grant me clarity for the vision that He has for WCC? It is like a birthing process seeking God for His heart in Word, prayer and learning the needs of students. I want to communicate exactly what God desires for this ministry.
Core of mission minded students
As I have been praying I’ve asked God to specifically grant me divine appointments so that I meet the students He has chosen to help begin this ministry. Jesus did the same by praying for his first disciples as he chose them. God has answered my prayers as I have met a few wonderfully faithful young men of God. Please pray that the Lord will set more of these appointments up for me and the students. Who will be faithful to share the gospel and to live lives above reproach according to the grace God has given them?
Faculty advisor Jon Meyer
Pray for Jon Meyer who is a Philosophy instructor at WCC. He is a recent graduate student from Western Michigan University and he commutes to Ann Arbor every week for his classes while living in Kalamazoo. He is uncertain if he should continue to live in Kzoo or move to the Ann Arbor area. He loves living near home yet the available jobs are here. Pray that he will have discernment and peace as the Lord leads him in this decision. He is a wonderful asset to our ministry.
Officially recognized student organization
Pray for favor with the Director of Student Development and Activities as we seek to become an officially recognized student organization.
Welcome Day outreach and table
Our introduction to the students and faculty will be on Welcome Day sometime in September. This is where all of the student clubs and organizations present themselves to invite and recruit interested students. Pray that we would connect with and build relationships with the students God has in mind.
With the commitments that have been made for financial support I am currently at 95% of a working budget. This is the minimum amount that I need to be on campus. With 2 – 4 more supporters at $30 - $50 per month I could reach 100% of a minimum budget. However my end goal over the next month is to gain additional supporters who would add another $20,000 to reach my ideal budget. This will ensure that I have all the resources I need to continue my ministry on campus.
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