Yesterday I briefly explained the historical meaning of the word disciple and listed six conclusions we can draw from the historical similarities. Today I want to draw some implications for modern Christian discipleship.
At the heart of what it means to be a disciple is the idea of apprenticeship. In my post A MORE EFFECTIVE WAY TO MAKE DISCIPLES? I wrote:
In the church we have primarily depended on teaching and preaching to transform lives. But experience shows that these are just about the most ineffective ways to bring about real change in attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Research repeatedly shows that supplementing the teaching process with coaching/mentoring results in much better outcomes. For example, a study by Joyce and Showers in 1995 about teacher training revealed that “when coaching accompanies training, teachers transfer 80-90 percent of what they learn into the classroom, compared to only 5-10 percent with training alone.”
Traditional teaching in a classroom, when done well, can be great at Continue Reading…