Author: David Ludwig

Have You Scheduled Your Annual Spiritual Health Assessment?

By David Ludwig, Associate Healthy Churches Team Leader When was the last time you had a spiritual health assessment?  The idea of taking a spiritual health assessment might seem strange to you, but I believe it’s just as important, if not more important, than an annual physical exam. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t hear about someone who has been diagnosed with cancer or another type of physical disease, and it was through recognizing that something didn’t seem quite right and getting a checkup that they learned what they needed to do next. The same is true spiritually. None of...

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Live like Jesus!

By David Ludwig, Associate Healthy Churches Team Leader       During Jesus’ last days on earth he gave a final command to his disciples: “Go and make disciples, and teach them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)  What does that look like in the 21st Century? What are we teaching those whom we reach? The Bible gives a clear picture of how a believer should live, and it’s important that we follow this example. People are watching to see if our life looks like what we say that we believe. People have rejected the church for many reasons. Maybe they had a bad experience or wrongly perceive what it means to be a Christian. Sadly, because of that, some have written the church off forever. Yet, whether they receive the Good News or not, we are called to continue to live as an example of the gospel to them, in hopes that our lives will be seen as an example of Christ. This should be a constant reminder for us, that whether we realize it or not, people are watching, and the old saying still stands true, “We might be the only Jesus that some people ever see!” So, how do we live in a way that the world will see Jesus? The Bible defines how we should live our lives. In fact, Jesus himself said: A new commandment I give to you, that...

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Plan to Make Disciples

By David A. Ludwig, Associate Healthy Churches Team Leader What is your plan for making disciples? Do you have one? The reason I ask is because as I lead churches through church health assessments across the BRN, the one challenge that continually comes up is, “Our church does not have a clearly-defined discipleship process for moving a person from salvation to spiritual growth to significant ministry.” Why is that important? In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus commanded the disciples to go and make disciples, and that same command applies to the church today. Yet, most believers and churches are not doing it. Why are we not making disciples? I believe part of it is because we have never been discipled ourselves; therefore we are not sure how to disciple someone else. This is why I am convinced there needs to be a plan for making disciple-makers. I remember hearing this quote, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” There are a lot of implications to that statement that we already experience in life, such as developing a savings plan, a fitness plan, a vacation plan, and even a retirement plan. Yet, for some reason we don’t equate the need to plan with disciple making. I hope you’ve heard my conviction as to why I believe this is important, and maybe some of you are saying “YES, we need a plan”, but you aren’t sure where to start. Here is one solution...

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