Presently, we seem to hope that discussing or lecturing about discipleship will eventually lead into an actual lifestyle transformation. What if we Flipped Discipleship and, when we were present with young people, were only planning and doing discipleship-y things with them? Even more importantly, what if we were equipping more adults to serve young people in similar ways?
We teach discipleship in such a way that is seems like an incorporated thing when it really comes down to the individual working on behalf of the church. Discipleship is not so much about the needs of the church as it is about the individual response to the call of the Spirit in their use of their own unique gifts and abilities.
We teach discipleship in such a way that is seems that we are the source of all the knowledge in how to get discipleship just right. Discipleship is much, much more messier that we would choose with the potential for failure, the need for shaking dust off our feet, and the demand for persistence in going to the next town after rejection – – all of which are invaluable learning experiences for a disciple.
We teach discipleship in such a way that it seems like it all depends on the teaching and not the Spirit. Discipleship seems to be more about coaching, cajoling, cheering, and mentoring not unlike how Paul worked with Timothy.
Ain general, our present operations of youth ministry seem to work out of a classroom-ish model. It might be time to flip the templates and operate differently.
Please comment if you can provide us either with more questions about how and why we do what we do… or if you have examples of what flipped discipleship might look like.