The 2013 Pastors’ Forum in Kansas City brought together pastors and church leaders from across the area in pursuit of creating a culture of disciple-making.
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“What is Discipleship?” Five leaders tackle this question, sharing what works for them, what’s still developing and where they’re still seeking insight. Each segment is about 12 minutes, and includes audience Q&A at the end.
Segment 1 | Mike Bickley, Olathe Bible Church (handout)
Momentum + multiplication + management = a movement
Segment 2 | Troy Campbell, New Life Church
Three stories about what discipleship looks like
Segment 3 | Jeremy Shuler, Birchwood Church
Communion, community and mission in a downsized church
Segment 4 | Glenn Kahler, The Gathering Network
Reproducible discipleship; the “up,” the “in” and the “out”
Segment 5 | Dale Losch, Crossworld
Sharing life informally with disciples on both sides of the cross
Meet the panelists
Mike Bickley, Lead Pastor of Olathe Bible Church | watch
As lead pastor, Mike focuses on vision casting, preaching, and developing the next generation of leaders for the church. Mike has had an energetic partner in ministry for 26 years in his wife Elizabeth, and together they have five children.
On making disciples: “I believe in reproducing disciples who will make disciples and multiplying disciple-making communities. I see discipleship as a process of providing intentional development with loving accountability so that a person far from God becomes a follower of Christ and then makes disciples themselves.”
Troy Campbell, Pastor of New Life Bible Church | watch
Troy served as an assistant pastor for six years overseeing discipleship ministries, and for the past six years as the lead pastor of a church plant in downtown Kansas City. He has been married for 13 years to Leigh-Ann and together they have five children, including one adopted and one foster child.
On making disciples: “Discipleship is Christianity. It has been expected from the beginning that Christians are disciple-makers. God has called all believers to prioritize opportunities to build relationships with people who are far from Christ, live out our faith and then grow together in our faith by sharing our lives and the gospel (1 Thessalonians 2:8).”
Jeremy Shuler, Senior Pastor of Birchwood Church | watch
Jeremy moved to the Kansas City area with his family in 2006 to teach at a Christian high school. They quickly joined and began volunteering in various roles at Birchwood Church. He became the senior pastor in 2010.
On making disciples: “Birchwood seeks discipleship that exists within relationship, both within the congregation and in our local community, but longs for relationships that promote redemption, reconciliation, recovery, and encouragement in the gospel.”
Glenn Kahler, Lead Pastor of the Gathering Network | watch
Glenn has worked with young adults for 30 years. In 2009 he planted a college/young adult ministry called The Gathering Network, built on discipleship and developing missional communities among the “next generation.” Glenn has been married for 33 years to Nancy, with two married daughters and one granddaughter.
On making disciples: “A disciple is someone who seeks to live like Jesus, love like Jesus and leave behind what Jesus left behind — disciples who make disciples who live and love like Jesus. Discipleship is a life-transferring, life-transforming process.”
Dale Losch, President of Crossworld | watch
Dale served with Crossworld in France for nine years before becoming president in 2009. Dale and his wife, Jerusha, have four children.
On making disciples: “Jesus spoke of a better way. Unleash the explosive power of real disciple-making and the untapped potential of all believers and all professions. Offer life as it was meant to be by multiplying disciple-makers in the world’s least-reached marketplaces.”