The Unstuck Group recently conducted a small research project to identify the top five most common “core issues” of churches that go through our StratOp process. One of these common recurring issues is Spiritual Formation. We are noticing that churches are having difficulty creating a solid and simple discipleship strategy to help regular attenders, as well as newcomers, understand how to take next steps in their walk with Christ. Last week I connected with Mark Morgan to talk about why many churches seem to be stuck in this particular area. Below are some interview highlights:
- We tend to mistake activity for productivity. Success is sometimes being measured by the number of people involved in activities rather than real spiritual growth.
- Many churches are struggling with spiritual formation because they do not have a clear definition of what discipleship really is.
- Churches have to determine what they believe it looks like to be a fully devoted follower of Christ and how mature disciples “do the work of the ministry” in their church and their community.
- Leadership teams should get in the habit of asking “what should be stopped because it is not contributing to spiritual formation?”
- Discipleship should be highly relational. And it’s not just teaching, but rather, it is helping people put into practice the things they have learned.
- Ministry shouldn’t belong to the staff; it should belong to the people of the church.
- Churches can provide opportunities for spiritual formation but ultimately, individuals have to take responsibility.
Starting this fall, Mark and I will be facilitating a coaching network called Reaching 2,000 and Beyond that will help leaders develop strategies to tackle the unique challenges found in larger churches. Spiritual formation/discipleship is one topic we will cover, along with leadership development, staffing, communications, and establishing healthy growth engines. That network is nearly full! Learn about all of our coaching networks by clicking the button below.