A few weeks ago a young man spoke at our church on his work with the organization Youth with a Mission ( http://www.ywam.org/ ). He spoke in part of his working in the YWAM’s “Discipleship Training School.” I had not heard of this organization before and being a curious person I did some research.
When I looked at the online information about the “Discipleship Training School” part of its structure impressed me ( http://www.ywam.org/dts/ ). In each of the topics covered ( http://www.ywam.org/training/dts-teaching/ ) they address
“concepts to understand and apply,”
“attitudes to nurture,” and
“activities to do.”
I like this approach. Too often in our church teaching I have seen so much emphasis on “concepts” and getting the right concepts, we spend no time speaking of attitudes or if we do we only name the attitude and do not help people find ways to make that attitude active in their lives. Nurturing the attitude and naming ways activities work toward that are forgot or short changed.
What can we do to nurture the Christlike life in ourselves and others?
What can we do at our churches to more intentional in nurturing Christlikeness?