When Jesus came to the first disciples, he didn’t say, “I’ll show you how to become a great church member.”  He didn’t say, “I’ll show you how to create the best church programs.”  He said, “Follow me, and I’ll make you fishers of men” (Mark 1:17).  His simple plan for discipleship was come, be changed, go tell somebody else.  That’s it!  And like those disciples, we have one job to do:  make disciples. I must admit that for years I preached the great commission, but it never really hit me until recently that I have one job to do:  “Go, and make disciples!”  That’s it!  I thought my job as minister was to start good programs, run the church office, plan fellowships, all the usual church stuff!  It’s not my intent to say those things are bad, but that’s not the call. Jesus discipled, not through programs, but through one-on-one relationships with very small groups of people.  He would preach openly, then take the disciples aside privately and discuss what he had just preached.  Jesus appointed the Twelve “to be with him” (Mark 3:14-15).  He said at his arrest, “Every day I was with you” (Mark 14:49). So, why are churches dying? (According to some of the research I’ve read, for the last 10 years we’ve been losing 200 people a week; every other week, a church closes its doors forever). Why are churches dying? We have gotten off point.  We have forgotten that we have one job to do, and that is to make disciples.  We have lost sight of the mission! When Jesus came, people were tired.  Religion had grown routine and burdensome.  People were longing for freshness, for a time of pure religion.  The old system was spiritless, lifeless, dead!  And one day Jesus came along and called a group of fishermen to a new purpose:  to proclaim the good news of God.  “The time has come.  The kingdom of God has come near” (Mark 1:14-15). Jesus doesn’t step on their dreams, he just calls them to so much more.  So here’s the question:  if we stripped all of the programming away and returned to our call, could we possibly experience more?  Could our churches starting growing again? Making disciples is our only business.  We have no other business but that!  Everyone needs a Timothy (someone you’re discipling), and everyone needs a Paul (someone discipling you). Thankfully, some of our churches are figuring that out.  Those who are experiencing new growth are rediscovering ways to make disciples AND disciplemakers.  What to know more?  Message us at dbminsitrycoach.com and we’ll discuss how.  I’d love to share with you personally the transforming power of discipleship groups.