"Pastors Shouldn't Make Disciples, Much Less Care for People"

Some quotes today from Bill Easum:

“Christ-centered pastors don’t make disciples, much less take care of people.” 

“Pastors of growing, effective churches would rather equip ten people to make disciples than to make disciples themselves.”

“Disciple-making and caring for people are too important, the task too great, and the personal rewards too bountiful for either to be reserved primarily for just one person in a congregation.” 

Thoughts?

Todd

HT:  Transformativechurch.org

6 Comments

  • Chris October 23, 2013 Reply

    Discipling others IS equipping them to make disciples. What do you call training and equipping for ministry if not making disciples? True, the pastoral ministry also serves to coordinate large numbers (relative term) of disicples as they do Kingdom work together. But it is not possible to effectively train and equip others to make disciples if they have never been discipled. Pastors train and equip, often, by leading by example, and discipling is such area where leading by example is imperative.

  • pietrosquared October 23, 2013 Reply

    Bill Easum is, forgive me, all theory and no practice.

  • Walt October 23, 2013 Reply

    So when does the great commission only fall upon some? I thought we were all commanded to go and make disciples!

  • Casey Sabella October 23, 2013 Reply

    Interesting. I don’t know Bill but I think he is pointing at how pastors spend their time and energy DOING the work of ministry rather than training people. Valid point but probably needs some context.

  • Karl Vaters October 23, 2013 Reply

    “Pastors of growing, effective churches would rather equip ten people to make disciples than to make disciples themselves” sounds great. But just how is the pastor supposed to equip those ten people to become disciple-makers, if not by discipling them?

    “Disciple-making and caring for people are too important, the task too great, and the personal rewards too bountiful for either to be reserved primarily for just one person in a congregation” is also true. But the key word in that phrase is “one”.

    Just because the task shouldn’t be preserved for only one person in a church, doesn’t mean that one person shouldn’t do ANY disciple-making. Making disciples is a command for all believers. Making disciples who make disciples is what pastoring is all about.

    Some churches are large enough for a situation where “Christ-centered pastors don’t make disciples, much less take care of people” to be true. But 80% of the churches on earth have less than 100 people in them. The pastors of those churches who try to follow this advice will end up with unfed members, unfulfilled pastors and unhealthy churches.

  • Leonard October 23, 2013 Reply

    When we knowingly or unknowingly pit evangelism (growing churches) or training leaders against discipleship it reveals a small view of discipleship.

    Making disciples is about evangelizing people, training people, growing people and then those people doing the same.

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