Too many of today's pastors and leaders mistakenly think that thriving programs, lively worship services, and relevant preaching are adequate for developing people into the spiritual dynamos God desires. In many churches, the primary objective of the church---discipleship of people...
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Too many of today's pastors and leaders mistakenly think that thriving programs, lively worship services, and relevant preaching are adequate for developing people into the spiritual dynamos God desires. In many churches, the primary objective of the church---discipleship of people into mature followers of Jesus---has been 'outsourced' to programs and large-scale efforts to train and teach. But is that happening? Are people growing in spiritual depth and missional determination? Twenty-five years ago, the leaders of Randy Pope's rapidly growing church took serious stock of their own spiritual development and realized all of them had benefitted from a personal discipleship relationship that had helped them grow in their faith and discover where God was calling them to service. As a church, they decided to make personal discipleship their do-or-die aim: applying one person's real life to another's to accomplish something far bigger than that single life. Perimeter calls their approach 'life-on-life missional discipleship' and Insourcing tells their story. Randy Pope writes for church leaders who recognize the value of discipleship and need practical ideas for reorienting church ministries around personal discipleship. Readers will be encouraged that a wide scale personal discipleship program is attainable for any church.
RANDY POPE is the senior pastor of Perimeter Church in Duluth, Georgia. Under his leadership Perimeter Church has founded over twenty churches and also provides urban ministry to the under-resourced of Atlanta. Randy is a frequent speaker for Campus Outreach and Campus Crusade for Christ conferences, and served for ten years as chaplain on the ATP Tennis Tour. His commitment to training disciples has led to the founding of Atlanta Seminary and Perimeter Christian Schools. Randy and his wife, Carol, have four children and live in Alpharetta, Georgia. ýc.2006ý