Never in a million years did I ever imagine I would be teaching a conference on disciple making in the country of Albania but God did. In fact, I had to look at a map to find out where Albania was located before my trip.
A few days ago I was able to join a team from “New Churches Now” and travel to Albania to teach pastors the principles of disciple making from the life of Christ. It was amazing couple of days. Here are a few reflections I had on my time of training pastors to be disciple makers in Albania.
First, I discovered that churches have similar challenges everywhere. Traveling to Zambia and Albania have helped me to see that people are people everywhere you go. People lose focus on the mission of Jesus just as easily in Albania as they do in Atlanta. We must stay focused on the mission of Christ and not be distracted by things that don’t really matter.
Second, I have realized that we make things harder than they need to be. Jesus changed the world with fishermen. He did not choose the most talented, most gifted, and most educated to change the world. Jesus chose unschooled and ordinary men to change the world. This tells me that Christ’s mission, model, and method are not that complicated. Making disciples that make disciples is really not that hard. It simply requires obedience.
Finally, I have come to the conclusion that people make excuses in every location. It is amazing how many reasons people can find for not making disciples. Excuses transcend cultures! People in Albania are just as good as finding reasons for not making disciples as they are in America. It kind of makes me think the enemy works the same way everywhere!
My conclusion from several days of disciple making in Albania is simple. Stay focused. Stay simple. Stay at it. The world needs people who are committed to the Great Commission.