What Discipleship is Not

Discipleship is a word that gets thrown around a lot at church. People have described classes, courses, programs, Bible studies, accountability groups, mission trips and even fellowship as discipleship. Often, people think making disciples is a specific call or spiritual gift, something only meant for the pastors, missionaries and “super-Christians.”

This thinking is wrong.

Discipleship is not an optional course. It is not a twelve-step program. It is not intended for only a select few to carry out. Christ’s mandate to make disciples is meant for every one of His followers.

So then, what is discipleship?