Are you standing in the middle?

by Teri Ussery on February 21, 2024 in Blog

You may be wondering -- the middle of what?

As one who is called to be a disciple-maker, God always challenges me to be in the middle relationally. He has placed people along my journey who are a little further down the road than me. I find these friends to be great encouragers and people who help me grow in my journey with the Lord.

Then He has put young adults in my path who haven't walked as long or far as I have. I know the Holy Spirit's urging when He tells me to spend time pouring into their journey. While receiving encouragement might be easy for us, sometimes being the disciple-maker can feel overwhelming.

So here are some suggestions as you journey in the middle and disciple the next generation of Christ-followers.

  • Discipleship takes time. Be willing to invest your time over a cup of coffee or lunch.
  • Discipleship requires listening. As you build a relationship, it is important to get to know one another. Remember that you have two ears and one mouth. That's a good reminder to listen twice as much as you speak.
  • Discipleship is led by the Lord. You don't have answers to the needs of another. Only God knows what they need. Spend time listening to Him and trust His answers in the life of another.
  • Discipleship is fun! A relationship means that you enjoy your time together. It isn't about teaching or training. It is about relating. Is there learning that happens? Of course! But the best lessons are learned in the context of a relationship. Just doing life together.

Missional discipleship is a lifestyle, not a program. So when you think of being a disciple-maker for the next generation, consider the relationships God wants to build in your life, and let Him lead you on the journey.


Written by Teri Ussery, WMU of TexasAdults and Young Adults Strategist

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