Author: David Ludwig

Disciples Grow Best in Community

HARRISBURG – In 2010 LifeWay Research set out to discover what where the essentials in churches that were seeing Spiritual Transformation take place.  One thing that consistently showed up was the importance of living in a healthy Christian community.  Churches that are intentional about seeing people get connected to other believers (LifeWay termed this as relational Intentionality) were also seeing believers maturing and growing in their faith.  A few years later, Ed Stetzer and Eric Geiger co-authored a book that expanded on this called “Transformational Groups”, I highly recommend it. In their book, Geiger and Stetzer write that “Group involvement...

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Priorities as a Follower of Christ

HARRISBURG – Every day, every minute, every second, we make choices, and because we live in a time where there are so many choices, it can be hard at times to decide what’s important and how to best use our time and resources. We all face this challenge, at home, in school, at work, wherever and whoever we are.  That’s why setting priorities is so important. I want to be clear up front, I am not an expert on this topic, in fact, I am a fellow struggler just like many of you.  So, the words that I’m sharing are...

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Five Things Every Disciple Needs To Know

HARRISBURG – If I came to faith in Christ today, what would be the first things you’d want me to know? Don’t worry, this is not a trick question, and there is not just one answer. In fact, if you asked this question in a group of people, you would probably get several different answers. So, I’m going to share my list; here are five things I believe every disciple needs to know: Pray every day: The Bible says that we’re to pray continually (1 Thess. 5:17), which is another way of saying that we need to be in...

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Developing Leaders at All Levels

HARRISBURG – Why is leadership development so important? One reason is because It was important to Jesus, so it should be important to His church and His leaders as well. Jesus modeled it for us. Jesus could have done it all himself, He was God, but instead He called the unqualified, trained them, promised them the power of the Holy Spirit, and empowered them to carry on the mission when He was gone. Jesus had an intentional leadership development plan and a leader succession plan. I want to share three reasons I believe leadership development is important: First, as a...

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Is Disciple-Making A Priority in Your Church?

HARRISBURG – We know the Scriptures tell us that we are to “Go and make disciples”, yet based on the number of declining churches in the United States it seems pretty evident that this is not happening. So, how do you change that? What needs to happen to see disciple-making become a priority in your church? I believe these four things need to happen: Start with Why. The people need to understand “why” making disciples needs to be a priority. The most obvious way to do that is to tell them, but a more effective way is to show them....

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