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Author: Craig Etheredge

Common Excuses That Hinder Discipleship in Your Church: Favoritism

Welcome to week five of our series on common excuses that hinder discipleship in your church. In case you’ve missed it, each week, we’ve been breaking down a common excuse that might be hindering your church’s discipleship goals.In week one, we talked about how our schedules are usually the first excuse we fall back on. […]

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Common Excuses That Hinder Discipleship

Common Excuses That Hinder Discipleship in Your Church: Busyness

When I talk to leaders about personally investing in people, I often get a bit of pushback. For some reason, there is a resistance when it comes to personal investment in people. When I first became a pastor, I didn’t know much about how to invest in a man’s life. Most of my training had […]

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Burnout

Do you ever feel overworked as a pastor? Like you’re at the church every moment of every day with a never-ending list of to-dos? Are you spending more time doing church programming instead of time investing in meaningful relationships with others? Does your family have to come up to the church just to see you? […]

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Don’t Just Listen

Listening to God is vital for every believer to have a growing relationship with Him. As important as that is, listening is not enough. God isn’t just looking for listeners; He’s looking for people who listen to His voice and act on what they hear. Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know […]

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Common Excuses That Hinder Discipleship in Your Church: Inexperience

Last week we started a series going through some of the common excuses we hear from pastors about spending their time investing in people personally. It can seem a little odd that this is an area of pushback from pastors, but when we break the excuses down one by one, it starts to make more […]

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Common Excuses That Hinder Discipleship in Your Church: Isn’t Preaching Enough?

Welcome back to our series, Common Excuses That Hinder Discipleship in Your Church. In week one, we talked about how our schedules are our most common excuse that prevents us from taking the time to emotionally invest in others. Week two explored the excuse that says we can’t disciple someone else because we’ve never experienced […]

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Common Excuses That Hinder Discipleship in Your Church: Personality and Passion

Welcome back to our series on common excuses that can hinder discipleship in your church! If you’ve missed it, we’re on week four of our series breaking down some of the most common excuses we hear from church leaders that might actually be hindering your discipleship goals within your church. In part one, we talked […]

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How to Cultivate a Ministry Environment that Makes Disciples

You probably came across discipleFIRST because you were looking for resources to help you shift your ministry’s focus to towards disciple-making. You want to see your church healthy, thriving, and growing, and one of the reasons it’s probably not is because of the culture within your church. The good news is that church culture can […]

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Spiritual Training

On my 39th birthday, my life came full circle. I ran my first marathon in Dallas, Texas. I can remember it like it was yesterday. The race started with the blast of a shotgun held by a man wearing a cowboy hat and riding a horse. The race was on. Tens of thousands of runners […]

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How to Share the Gospel as an Introvert

One comment that we hear frequently is how hard it can be as an introvert to share the Gospel with people in your sphere of influence. Many think that introverts can’t share the Gospel as well as extroverts or that being an introvert excuses you from sharing the Gospel. It’s not to say we aren’t […]

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