What Is Missional Discipleship?

Alan Hirsch describes what is missional discipleship.

In the video clip above he says, “What I’ve been asked to do is to talk about a missional understanding of discipleship and I thought that was a little odd at first. I mean, the fact that we have to put qualifications on the word discipleship means that we’ve probably gone very far from what an understanding of what the bible means by discipleship—it should be a stand alone term…It’s kind of weird we have to qualify it with adjectives…

After 2000 years practice of all kinds of things in the church, of all the traditions we do, all the rituals and all the stuff, the stuff we remember is often reasonably insignificant stuff, of all that stuff we forget the most fundamental of things: the thing called discipleship, which means formation in Christ.  I find that really weird and probably somewhat unfaithful.”



About The Author

Alan Hirsch

Founding Director of Forge Mission Training Network. Alan is also part of the leadership team of Christian Associates, a missional church planting agency with focus on Western Europe. Known for his innovative approach to mission, Alan is a teacher and key mission strategist for churches across the western world. His popular book with Michael Frost The Shaping of Things to Come is widely considered to be a seminal text on mission. Alan’s recent book The Forgotten Ways, has quickly become a key reference for missional thinking, particularly as it relates to movements. His recent books include ReJesus, Right Here Right Now, On The Verge and his newest book called The Permanent Revolution. His experience in leadership includes leading a local church movement among the marginalized as well as heading up the Mission and Revitalization work of his denomination. Alan is and adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary and lectures frequently throughout Australia, Europe, and the U.S.

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