What are some important things to remember as we begin to take seriously this idea of making disciples? First and foremost, let’s take a cue from the apostle Paul regarding what the foundation of disciplemaking is meant to be. 

I recently sat down with Russell Verhey to give my thoughts on being a leader/influencer. I shared three essential disciplines for a leader. Click here to listen or read a summary to find out what they are.

Jesus exposes the tendencies we have to choose a certain set of actions by which we justify ourselves before God, while at the same time, our inner lives, our hearts, are still far from God. For example, is it anger, or a little harmless name-calling? Really, what’s the big deal!?

One of my sons-in-law grew up in a town where he observed religious people acting one way on Sunday mornings, but completely different on Friday nights. If we’re honest, we all have blind spots and we often hold others to a different standard than we hold ourselves. The big difference rests in whether we are humbly open to God’s standards.

There’s a noteworthy element of Jesus’ ministry that we can easily forget: His intended audience. Think about it.  The bulls-eye of His gaze and correction was almost wholly focused on the religious people—those who claimed to know the way, but remained far from the Kingdom.

God has called us to be influencers for the Kingdom in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and communities. We can each attest that it’s not always smooth sailing. When things get rough as followers of Christ, we have access to a precious commodity—hope.

If you want to be a leader and influencer in God’s work around you, consider these thought-provoking statements.

It’s not just pastors, missionaries, and super-Christians with fancy titles who have influence for the Kingdom. It’s everyday people like you and me.

One important role as a Christ-following influencer is to ensure the generation behind us is prepared and developed to follow Christ and help others do the same. In other words, we are to be thinking of “baton passing”! In the business world, it’s called “succession planning.”

When I think back on my life, I think of a particularly defining moment as a Christ-following influencer (a leader in my sphere of influence) that happened when I was in college at TCU.