A note from the new Discipleship Minister…
If I had to choose a superpower that would make my life easier, I think it would be to remember everyone’s name.
Starting this new ministry at Northwest, the question I get asked most often is, “What is a Discipleship Minister.” My playful response has been, “I don’t know, you have any suggestions?” When I say that, it’s not completely accurate. There is a story behind why this particular title was chosen. After almost twenty years of youth ministry, I was teaching a parent class about teen discipleship. After class one of the moms came up to me and said, “I wish we did for adults all of the cool stuff we do for our teens. I wish we emphasized adult spiritual formation the way we do with the spiritual development in our youth group.” I went home that night and told my wife, “I know what I want to do when I grow up. I want to be a youth minister for adults.”
That inclination has now transformed into a calling. I have spent the last three years exploring how a church can immerse ourselves deeper in the spiritual development of its members, and how we can become more fully mature followers of Christ. I have also spent a lot of time thinking about how we can better reach out to our community. In other words, we want to be disciples who make disciples. Over the next few months, and hopefully years, we will engage in a conversation about discipleship. I am looking forward to hearing your ideas to how we can approach following Christ at Northwest, and I’m looking forward sharing some of the things I’ve learned. A.W. Tozer says “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” I’m looking forward to exploring what we all think about when we think about God.
So far, this church has been such a blessing. I’ve been at Northwest for a week and a half, and I’ve met so many wonderful people. Folks have been so encouraging, and so welcoming. There are so many people who have let me know that they are praying for me, Dana, and Brendan, as we begin this long transition. There are folks who have helped me move in, made me meals, and reached out in friendship. More than that, so many of you have told me a part of your story, and your heart for God and this church. Be patient with me. Eventually I will remember everyone’s name.