Jesus commanded us to “go and make disciples” in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). Unfortunately, surveys by the Barna Group, the Willow Creek Association and others conclude that true disciple-making is at dangerously low levels. Some facts that jump out of the research include the following:

  • Fewer than 10% of believers possess a Biblical worldview as the basis for their decision-making or behavior.
  • The behavior of Christians (divorce, use of pornography, etc.) does not differ significantly from that of non-Christians.
  • Fewer than 10% of Christians feel equipped and are being used by God to introduce people to Christ and disciple them to maturity.
  • Few churches have a well-conceived model of discipleship that they implement, and little is done to effectively motivate and facilitate their congregants’ development as genuine, fervent followers of Christ.
  • Less than three percent of Americans have submitted their lives to God as Lord and are experiencing a profound love for God and people.

Because of this, the majority of Christians believe the following, and churches are beset with problems:

Myth 1

Myth 1: Prayer-Less Relational Faith – I have a relationship with God but only seem to really pray when I am in trouble or need something.  I build relationships with people in my life, but I don’t intercede for them through prayer.

Problem:


Myth 2

Myth 2: Church-Only Faith – Spiritual conversations are appropriate only in the church.  Jesus has called us to share the Gospel, but we avoid Spiritual conversations outside of the church environment because they make us and others uncomfortable.

Problem:


Myth 3

Myth 3: Minimalist Consumer Faith – When I attend worship services, Bible Studies or read Biblical quotes, I am looking for some good advice which I can use to get what I want out of life.

Problem: Biblical truth is often presented in isolated (topical) form without a good understanding of how it fits into the Christian life as a whole, promoting the compartmentalizing of the Christian’s life. Also, there is an assumption that the appropriation of Biblical knowledge by itself will lead to spiritual maturity.


Myth 4

Myth 4: Religious Faith – I believe that faithful Christians go to worship services once in a while and do the best they can to be good people. Jesus is our Savior but doesn’t really require us to relate to Him as the Lord of our lives.

Problem: The church community typically focuses on making converts rather than making disciples.


Myth 5

Myth 5: Independent Faith – My relationship with God is a private matter, including my sins, so I will stay out of your business and I expect you to stay out of mine.

Problem: There is a reluctance by many Christians to enter into Biblically functioning covenant community and make a commitment that they perceive may interfere or limit their lifestyle or plans.


Myth 6

Myth 6: Self-centered Faith – “God helps those who help themselves” (according to Barna Research, the most quoted “Bible” verse in America among adult and teen believers); therefore, we can self-help our way to Christlikeness.

Problem: Most Christians have not been trained in how to submit to God and abide in Christ well enough to know that this quote does not come from the Bible. Because of this, most Christians are living in and through their own guidance and power. As a result, their experience of the abundant life and their witness to the watching world are diminished and they don’t experience the power of the Holy Spirit moving through them.


Myth 7

Myth 7: Mercenary Faith – It is the job of professional clergy to do the work of ministry and the “priesthood of all believers” is not practical or a good thing to encourage at our church.

Problem: To influence many people simultaneously is generally considered the method of choice. Personal one-on-one discipleship appears to be too time-consuming, energy-consuming, and inefficient


Myth 8

Myth 8: Leadership = Respect, Representation and Control – I have been asked to lead because people respect me, trust me to represent them and want me to be in control.

Problem:


Myth 9

Myth 9: Leaders Have Arrived – As a leader, I am able to help others grow even though I am not being mentored, held accountable or intentionally discipled by anyone.

Problem:

Conclusion

The Church as a disciple-making community is broken and in desperate need of renewal. Through the Omega Experience people will be trained, mentored and equipped to address all of these myths and problems and more. This journey is intended to revolutionize a church and take it from good to great by developing it into a Spirit-led, disciple-making community.