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The Insufficiency of Small Groups of Discipleship


I continue to be grateful for the kind team at The Gospel Coalition.  They recently posted an article I wrote called “The Insufficiency of Small Groups for Discipleship“.  Below is an excerpt:

In my limited experience, I have found few pastors and church leaders satisfied with their discipleship efforts. Almost every evangelical church in America would say it wants to make disciples of Jesus and has a strategy in place for how that will be accomplished. Whether through small groups, discipleship classes, or solely the corporate Sunday gathering, churches are legitimately trying to make disciples. And yet many churches are far from satisfied at their efforts.

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If you’ve been around this blog for awhile, you’ll recognize most of the content, but it’s packaged in a concise, yet extended form.  A special thanks goes to John Starke for editing it!

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2009 Top Posts – Ethereal Thought Train

I’ve pretty much let Ethereal Thought Train go stale in the last two months, but I figured to close out 2009 I’d throw out your favorite posts of the year.  Without further adieu, here they are:

  1. The 5 Big Issues in Campus Ministry | Missiology 1
  2. Summary of College Ministry | Gentrified
  3. Discipleship and Ministry
  4. College Ministers and Adoption
  5. Being a Pastor – Fun Sunday Questions

Hopefully you’ll enjoy some old reading while I prepare some new material for 2010!


Something Smells… and Hyperlinks


This blog is getting pretty stale…I guess I should try to pick up the pace.  In all honesty, I’m not sure I’ve had many thoughts worth posting as of late, and I’m also running thin on time.  Here’s a few links I’ve been enjoying as of late to keep you occupied in the meantime:

And finally, make sure you register for Verge 2010: The DNA of Gospel Movements hosted by The Austin Stone on February 4th through 6th in Austin.  Hope to see you there!

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A Gospel-Centered Reader | Timmy Brister

I stumbled across this resource a couple of weeks ago, but neglected to post it…the link below is an excellent compilation of Gospel-centered resources from Timmy Brister.  Give it a look!

A Gospel-Centered Reader

Timmy also just posted a links to Soma Community’s resources of “Living Inside the Gospel Story” here.  I’m planning on doing some survey of the material this week, but let me know your thoughts!

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College Ministry Links

There were two great posts about college ministry today that I wanted to point out to you:

  1. 6 Essentials of College Ministry from The Resurgence – this is some great practical wisdom for particular issues we face on college campuses.
  2. College Ministry Poles: Cooperation vs. Independence by Benson Hines – an excellent post on interaction with other campus ministries, and the variety of views between two ends of a spectrum.

For the record, I agree with all 6 elements posted at The Resurgence, and have personally faced each situation to which they speak.  With respect to Benson’s post, I fall on the full collaboration of ministries (with a few caveats…primarily ministry methodology and gospel centrality).

I’d love to hear your thoughts on either post!