evangelism vs. discipleship

First of all, just to get it out there, I absolutely do not believe in the idea that evangelism and discipleship are two ends of a spectrum of ministry and are therefore mutually exclusive. I believe Jesus commissioned us all to go make disciples and you cannot fulfill that without both. I know there were times when Peter preached from the temple steps and times when Paul stayed up all night talking and both of those things are still great, but I feel like we keep banging our heads (in my ministry context anyway) with this idea of trying to determine how to program for an experience that draws newbies but still challenges regulars. Exciting the first time but doesn't get stale. So again, we were talking today trying to decide what kind of experience was appropriate for our very seeker-friendly weekend elementary experience (although we talk about it for students too of course).

So chime in and help us:

  • How much small group is the right amount before it feels like a Bible study? 
  • What kinds of elements get to stay if they really only add to the fun factor and don't add to the message stickiness? 
  • How can we leverage more of the hour to add to the stickiness?
  • What's the fine line between milk and just a bite-sized chunk of steak?
  • How can we teach in ways that are relevant to someone who never heard of Jesus and those who love Him like crazy at the same time?
  • Is there an appropriate way to differentiate instruction in this setting like they do in schools?

Come on. Show me whatcha got.


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