Matthew 28:16-20 is more commonly known as “The Great Commission”. In that passage, Jesus tells us that there are three very important components to this commission. He tells us to focus on three things: “teach”, “baptize” and “make disciples”. What many people do not know is that of those three commands, in the original language of the New Testament, only “make disciples” is in the imperative mood. It is clear that Jesus wanted that particular admonition to stand out. It’s not that the other two are not important…they are. The very fact that Jesus uttered these words in the first place makes them important. But it is obvious that the command to “make disciples”, written grammatically different than the others, is to catch our attention.
Here at Growth Project, the entire focus of all that we do is to make disciples. Throughout Christendom, churches and para-church organizations have done a relatively good job of leading people to Christ. We have done a less good job of making disciples. There are pockets of success out there, but the reality is that theologically speaking, the vast majority of Believers in this country today are a mile wide and an inch deep. They do not know what they believe…or why it’s true. This has contributed, to a large extent, to the reason that so many younger Believers now hold cultural and social views that mirror the secular world and directly contradict Biblical truth.
All of this despite the rapid rise of megachurches. According to Christianity Today, “There are as many megachurches today in the greater Nashville area as there were in the entire country in 1960”. Yet, despite the plethora of megachurches who baptize regularly and add congregants by the hundreds (or even thousands) nationwide, church attendance has been in decline for decades. People seem to be entering the front door of the church through (hopefully) effective evangelism…and then leaving through the church’s back door due to a lack of growth.
That is why everything we will do here at Growth Project is poured through the filter of discipleship. How do we know Him better…and how is what we are doing helping us reach that goal? Those are the questions we have to answer before we make any decision and initiate any program. Simply put: We are here to know Him…and to make Him known…by rooting all that we do in His Word. Please explore the website to see how we think God is going to use us (and many others) to carry out this ambitious plan.