“The Missing Link of Discipleship – the often neglected component of compassionate ministry”

Compassionate ministry is an essential component of discipleship development if one takes seriously the example of Jesus in training His disciples. (cf. The Doctrine of Good Works, McCall/Friedeman/Friedeman – BakerAcademic/release Summer-2023) But in the contemporary church, it is a “missing link” for a reason: it isn’t as efficient or as comfortable as the mere sermon or Bible study. Still, if training disciples for culturally-impactful ministry is a goal, then character development through Kingdom-building outreach is a necessary feature for spiritual formation group practices. In the Methodist movement of John Wesley, to name just one example, works of mercy were a non-negotiable dynamic of the disciple-making process and proved essential, according to the founder, for progress in the Wesleyan ordo salutis. Any discipleship program that neglects the critical element of compassionate ministry impedes believers’ imitation of Christ and their Kingdom impact in contributing to positive cultural change.

3 thoughts on ““The Missing Link of Discipleship – the often neglected component of compassionate ministry””

  1. I don’t agree that compassion
    I don’t agree that compassion is neglected today. Maybe my circles of awareness are different than Matt’s which seem to demonstrate this more fully than he admits. What I think is lacking is a more integrated view of discipleship that blends evangelism and social justice/compassion.

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