Discipleship Defined

Worship leadership must be discipled. But to do this, those who disciple worship leaders need to understand:

1) The role of discipleship in life and ministry

2) The cognitive understanding of the basic ingredients of discipleship.

If worship is central to all of life because God is supreme, then it clearly follows that discipling those who lead Christ’s body into worship should be strategic and a high priority. But, it seems evident that few worship leaders are ever intentionally discipled.

Discipleship is the process of investing your life in the lives of others on God’s behalf. This definition specifically comes out of two key New Testament passages related to the term disciple; one spoken by Jesus and the other written by the apostle Paul. In Matthew 28:18–20 (ESV) we read, And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

Then, in 2 Timothy 2:1-3 (ESV), the Apostle Paul articulates the mandate for discipleship in a clear, authoritative manner: You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

In these verses we see that Jesus called people to follow him, to obey him, and to reproduce others who would do the same. And the disciples responded to this call by indeed following. This is the same response we must have today.