To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions

Accountable, Covenant Discipleship. Are these Scary Words?!!!!

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 by Pastor Wes


Sunday we saw that prayer and fasting are the keys that IGNITE revival but that, historically and Biblically, ACCOUNTABLE, COVENANT DISCIPLESHIP is the key to FUELING and Sustaining Revival and Spiritual Awakening.   These can be scary words for some of us.   As I referenced in the article by Mike Satjura, “What Veterans Miss Most is What Most Civilians Fear, ” most Americans are fearful to commit to a group of people who truly get to know them below the surface, who will count on them as spiritual brothers and sisters, and who will “check-up” on them.

I understand that there have been some abuses of accountable discipleship in the recent past.  The Shepherding Movement of the 1970s placed too much authority in the small-group leaders to hear from God for the group and to discern God’s will and direction for individuals.  The leaders of that movement publically acknowledged their error and repented.

So how can we find emotionally, socially, and spiritually healthy ways to engage in accountable, covenant, discipleship in the 21st century in the River Valley?   That is what we are going to explore this Sunday.  I am so excited.  I really feel that we are on the cusp of something really important that the LORD is wanting to do with us.  This is a critical step.  I believe it will be worth the risks and the effort.  I believe you will be blessed tremendously as you risk engaging in accountable, covenant discipleship.

Pastor Bryan Tabakian, Leanna and Max Garrett, and Becki Kneeland are helping me with this.  We will make suggestions about what this might look like, but each group/class/ministry will agree upon their own covenant.  Each individual will determine that for which he or she wants to be held accountable.  We’ll talk about this more on Sunday morning in worship.  Sunday at 12:30, we ask all current leaders of life-groups/classes/ministries  and those who are praying about becoming leaders to join us for lunch where we will share more concretely about this and how you can incorporate this into your life and the life of your groups.  Please RSVP to or or 479-474-6424 if you will be able to join us!  

God has important ministry for you!    Let us be ALL IN in 2016!  Excited for what God has ahead!

P.S. We will have children’s ministry for your kids so please let us know those numbers for planning. We hope to get us out as close to 1:30 p.m. as possible.


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