Genuine Discipleship Empowered by Appectance: a Case Study -- Working with Youth

Petr Cincala, Andrews University

Abstract

We often forget that Jesus defined mission as a process of discipleship and vice versa—discipleship is made real through the process of mission. The means by which young people are discipled is by baptism (acceptance to God’s family) and by learning and following what Jesus taught (Matt 28:18-20). It all starts by simply belonging. In our work with secular youth, we have learned that discipleship begins prior to conversion, not the other way around. Discipleship involves participation in community prior to even beginning the conversion process—participation and experience prior to conversion; and even participation in mission prior to conversion (Stetzer and Putman 2006:102-104).