I just came across this post in my Google alerts on discipleship and thought it was worth a look.
Study: Pastors See Discipleship Progress Despite Lack of Regular …
“While nine out of 10 Protestant pastors believe their congregation is making significant progress in spiritual development, a LifeWay Research study found the …www.lifeway.com/ArticleView?storeId=10054…”
Here is the diagram from the article showing the results:
I think the most interesting comment was that
“The danger is that church leaders may assume progress based on what they want to happen rather than what is actually taking place,” said McConnell.
Is there some danger in assuming what we desire to see happen is the same thing as what we are actually doing? Is it easier in large settings to assume large numbers automatically means discipleship is taking place?