In the opening of chapter 4 Hirsch reminds the reader that “all six elements of mDNA must be present for authentic Apostolic Genius to activate and permeate the life of the Christian communities and movements.” Having said that he goes on to contend that this element (disciple making) is perhaps the most critical element in the mDNA mix.
While there are several themes running through this chapter the one that struck a cord with me was how the biblical emphasis on disciple making runs in stark contrast to the current attractional consumeristic norm of the western church. On page 104 Hirsch quotes Neil Cole as an example of how our emphasis needs to be refocused towards discipleship when Cole, speaking about the focus of CMA, says: “We want to lower the bar of how church is done and raise the bar of what it means to be a disciple.”
Isn’t this just the opposite of how we do things in the West? Think about our attractional/seeker models and ask, have we not raised the bar of how to do church and at the same time lowered the bar in regards to what it means to be a disciple? Read more →