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Vantage Point


Making Disciples

I was finishing my second year in college headed toward a business career when God redirected my life and called me to full-time ministry.

Since then, I’ve had the privilege of serving local congregations as a pastor, teaching theology in Christian colleges, doing missionary evangelism and, for the last 12-plus years, being involved full time in Christian journalism here at the Pentecostal Evangel.

I’ve enjoyed each of these ministries. After all, there is no better place to be than in the center of God’s will. But I am often asked if I miss pastoring.

My answer is always yes.

There is nothing quite like shepherding a flock. And while the best part of ministry is always seeing new souls born into the kingdom of God, there is something that runs a close second. That’s discipleship — making disciples out of those new converts and seeing older believers continue to grow in the Lord.

A disciple is a follower and a learner. What a wonderful thing it is to see a new believer, excited about his or her new life in Christ, begin to reach and stretch and grow in the Lord. How rewarding to see people who have served the Lord for some time realize that growing in the Lord is something that need never stop. And then see them attain deeper dimensions in Christ.

Yes, there’s nothing quite like being a pastor and seeing your people grow in the Lord.

That’s why I’m excited about the Assemblies of God’s new emphasis on discipleship — the Acts 2 Process highlighted in this issue with an excerpt from Assistant General Superintendent Alton Garrison’s new book, The 360-Degree Disciple. The process as a whole is lively, engaging and flexible.

All of us who call Jesus “Lord” are disciples. And we are called to grow.

Make a pastor happy. Determine to make growing in the Lord your lifelong pursuit.

Ken Horn

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