Commissioned to Feed God’s Sheep

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19, NKJV)

In a scripture known as the Great Commission, Jesus instructed his disciples to go into the world and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:16-20). Making disciples, both then and now, must involve nourishing the people in the myriad ways they need to be fed. In the 21st century, feeding God’s people might involve preparing them to stand strong against the forces of oppression or racism or, equipping them to promote the kind of justice that Jesus taught. Nourishment might include a steady diet of encouragement for the least, the last, and the lost. Caring for God’s people might further involve providing them with places where they can escape the madness going on all around them. Or it might involve simply praying for them. No matter how you fine tune it, God’s people are hungry for spiritual food, and we, as 21st-century disciples and ministerial leaders, are responsible for feeding them. We are called to deliver the good news in novel ways, remaining starkly awake to the reality that one size no longer fits all (if it ever did!).

Altering styles and preferences for worship or expressing spirituality in different ways may be in order. Let’s face it, given the declining attendance in brick-and-mortar mainstream churches, doing church might necessarily entail exploring options through the Internet as a way of influencing the broadest possible audience.

Reed, J. R., & Reed, L. C. (2020). Cyber outreach: How to develop and evaluate your digital ministries. Center Street Publishing: Chicago, IL

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