It has been a while since I have actually tackled the topic of discipleship on this blog about discipleship. It is that time of the year when I tend to tackle some difficult questions. Fall is generally the time of the year the we ask people to commit to some of the longer term growth opportunities including Pathway to Discipleship options like Disciple Bible Study. If I am counting correctly, this is my ninth year through Fall registration time and I think that it gets harder every year. There is a clearly a culture shift that was well under way when I started and continues to move. People are busier and busier, schedules are crazier and crazier and long-term commitment is harder and harder to come by. The following statement/question is made up but it reflects a bunch of similar questions that I tend to hear.
"I am looking for an in-depth Bible study but I really don't have a lot of time. I need something that meets for under a half-hour and my calender is crazy so I need something that doesn't go more than 3 weeks and I might have to miss some. But I want to go deeper. I don't want another superficial study. Oh, it would be great if there was no homework. Do you have anything like that?"
Of course! We meet for fifteen minutes every third week for three weeks on your schedule and if you can't come, that is fine too! There is no homework but be prepared to go deep!
Now this is hyperbole, but it is not too far off.
Here is where the difficult line of thinking comes in. There is one school of thought that says we need to meet people where they are and offer things that reflect the busy world we live in. There is another school of thought that says that we need to encourage people to push back on the business of their lives, revisit their priorities and make time for what is important. There are other schools of thought that say that the answer is in between and others that say that the answer is both.
What do you think?
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