We talk a lot about disciple making at Grace Polaris Church, and it’s represented in our mission: “to honor God by multiplying devoted followers of Jesus.” Disciple making is a calling and command for all followers of Jesus, but if we’re honest it also feels a bit like a burden. We have so many challenging things going on in our lives already, so adding the extremely difficult task of making disciples can feel overwhelming. How can we do this and make it enjoyable?
I want to share two stories today of disciple making made fun:
Golfing with a Purpose
Three young men had been involved in a Grace Group together for about a year when they realized they talked about golf a lot. They all loved playing golf, watching golf, and analyzing golf. Golf was a passion.
After realizing this pattern among the group members, one of the guys decided that they should get involved in a golf league together. What better way to spend time together, pursue a passion, and be witnesses for Jesus? They jumped right into an established league but found that they had a difficult time building meaningful relationships with others outside their group. So, a new idea came about.
They decided that they would form their own league that would include equal numbers of believing and non-believing friends. Currently, there are 12 guys in the league, and every week these men from Grace have an opportunity to build relationships and serve as ambassadors for Christ while pursuing a hobby they’re passionate about. What an awesome way to make disciple making fun!
Celebrating with Friends of All Stripes
New Year’s Day is a holiday that few people celebrate in any meaningful way. Many men — myself included — enjoy sitting on the couch and watching all the great college football games, rarely leaving their homes. However, most offices close on New Year Day, so people are free for connecting.
One family from Grace decided that they were going to take advantage. They began a New Year’s Day pancake celebration open house that would run for several hours. They wanted to open up their home to friends, family, acquaintances, and basically anyone who was willing to come. This open house allowed relationships to develop and deepen in a casual and fun environment while work colleagues, church friends, neighbors, and family members were all rubbing shoulders. Pancakes for Jesus…sounds like a fun way to make disciples to me!
These are just two examples of which I’ve been made aware where people are creatively using their gifts, interests, and passions to be witnesses for Christ and to be active in making disciples. Perhaps this has stirred one or two ideas in your mind about how you could intentionally create environments to build relationships with people who are far from Christ, all while doing something you love.
How will you make disciple making fun? Leave a comment to share your ideas!
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Dustin Speaks is Grace’s Mobilization & College Pastor. He and his wife, Lauren, arrived in Columbus in the fall of 2012, after several initial ministry experiences. Dustin previously served as an associate pastor in South Dakota and as a missionary to university students in Berlin, Germany. Dustin studied history at Ohio University, where he met Lauren and was involved in campus ministry with Cru. After graduation, Dustin went to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Chicago) to complete a degree in Intercultural Studies. He enjoys playing nearly all ball sports: basketball, golf, and soccer are his favorites. Dustin and Lauren have three young children.