Staff thoughts: Disciple-making in 2017by Chad Austin, BSCNC Communications
We asked several BSCNC staff members the following question: “How does the new year bring new opportunities for disciple-making?” Here are a few of their responses. Share them on social media and add your own comments and ideas.
“The beginning of a new year always offers a fresh perspective. It’s the start of a new beginning and usually accompanies a sense of excitement and enthusiasm about what the year will hold. This is a great time to assess potential disciple-making opportunities and make a plan to engage these opportunities.”
— Crystal Horton, health screening ministry coordinator, N.C. Baptist Men/Baptists on Mission
“New Year’s provides easy avenues to connect with people from work, your neighborhood, or other natural networks. Start conversations about New Year’s resolutions and listen to hear how the Father might be working in the hearts of your new friends. Schedule a time to have them over for dinner with your family and be bold in sharing with them about how they might experience the ultimate reset, rebirth and renewal in Christ. Help them understand the cost of following Christ and call them to repentance and faith.”
— Zac Lyons, senior consultant, Great Commission Partnerships
“The new year is a great time to resolve to have family worship at least once a week. This can be as simple as a Scripture reading or Bible story, prayer and a faith-based question to facilitate conversation. Add a song or simple game to make this time a lasting memory for your children and your family.”
— Cheryl Markland, senior consultant, Childhood Evangelism and Discipleship
“The new year is always a great opportunity for a fresh start. Each year, 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Why? Because they want a fresh start at something. As believers, we too can start our New Year out with a fresh start. But not with a New Year’s resolution, but with greater dependence upon God and intentionality.
Disciple-making isn’t something you just say you’re going try and do; it’s something that you have to be intentional about. This means that you will have to depend on God. As you grow in your dependence on God, I believe that it will lead you to a life of intentional disciple-making. So this year, I encourage you toward greater dependence on God, that you might be an effective disciple-maker.”
— Darrick Smith, senior consultant, Collegiate Partnerships