By Mitch Kim

Imagine a busy shoe factory. The workers are toiling. The managers are leading. The finance people have pencils sharp and books in shape. However, no shoes are produced. When asked, the people reply, “Don’t you see how hard we are working?” This would be absurd! Yet if the work of a shoe factory is to make shoes, then the work of a church is to make disciples. Yet often the machinery of the church heats up and gets busy, but we do not make disciples. How are we doing in making disciples?

This is the question that our leadership at Wellspring will explore more fully in a few weeks. Each year the pastoral staff and governing board gather together to discuss questions that set the tone for the coming year. We will take time to evaluate the culture we are building around our core values of Word, Prayer, Community, Diversity, Discipleship and Mission. We are reading a book together, The Trellis and the Vine, to give us a common language around an important mind shift in focusing the work of the church on making disciples. And we will take time to consider how the church might walk with people with pastoral compassion and biblical conviction.

And I want to return us to the question of cultivating healthy disciples of Jesus Christ. When Paul thought about what the goal of his ministry at Thessalonica was, he didn’t think of impressive statistics, but he did want to stand without shame before Christ on the day of judgment. And he said, ‘For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? For you are our glory and joy” (1 Thess 2:19). The maturity of the disciples at Thessalonica would be Paul’s crown, glory, and joy. At Colossae, Paul toiled and struggled that “we may present everyone mature in Christ” (Col 1:28–29). And this is my heart’s desire for Wellspring. When the world sees the church here, I pray and hope that they see the character of Christ shining through our lives. So let us keep our hearts focused on that goal. Please pray toward that end.