After someone comes to faith in Christ, what’s the plan? Is it to bring them to the pastor and see what he says to do? Is it to tell them to come to all the things the church is doing and hope they’ll grow?
Dan Garland said that’s exactly what often happens, but it’s not the way it was meant to be.
“I’d say 90 percent of churches don’t have a systematic way to do [discipleship],” said Garland, director of pastoral ministries and church consulting for LifeWay Christian Resources. “Our churches might have a slogan or a mission statement but not a unified pathway to grow people in Christ-likeness.”