Wrestling with questions like, “Are we really making disciples?” Or maybe, “Where are the mature disciples?” I want to suggest that while those are valid questions, they might not be the most helpful questions. In addition, asking the right questions is essential if you want to discover discover the best solutions.
W. Edwards Deming said, “If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing.” Albert Einstein said, “If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.”
The questions you ask determine whether you arrive at the discovery you seek. The questions you ask determine whether you arrive at the best solution.
6 essential questions about making disciples and small group ministry
- What is a disciple? This is a foundational question. The answer to this question will inform what your next questions should be. I find two Dallas Willard quotes helpful on this. First, “As a disciple I am learning from Jesus to live my life as he would live my life if he were I.” Not a bad definition. And second,…