How was your week?
Ours included a seedy hotel, taxidermied wildlife, squid-throwing, mosquito bites, baseball bats and watermelons, body humor, zip-lines, climbing walls, a slip-n-slide slingshot, and the presidential election for the Mythical Creatures Association.
The Rodlis went to Wild Week Camp!
Jesse was the speaker, and the rest of us were invited to come along. Our 11-year-old participated as a camper, while the seven-year-old and I ran amok on the campground, basically doing whatever we wanted.
Aside from being a whole lot of fun, the camp is designed to provide a safe environment for both churched and non-churched teens to explore major life questions and the fundamentals of the Christian faith. Because of this, the speaking portions of the “club” sessions are evangelism / discipleship oriented. And I have to say, Jesse did a fantastic job, as usual.
Listening to him talk the kids through the process of learning about God through creation and reality, wrestling with the problem of sin and evil, reckoning with our need to seek God, rejoicing in his heart for us, and weighing what it means to forsake the world and follow Christ, I realized how far I’ve moved away from a view that evangelism and discipleship are separate and distinct from one another.
The model I was initiated into as a new Christian was a two-step evangelism/conversion-followed-by-discipleship model. But, if a person doesn’t have a good understanding of the significance and the cost of a decision to live for Jesus, are they really “converted” in the first place?
Doesn’t discipleship have to occur in order to bring a person to a place where they have a grasp of the gospel and are ready to make a commitment to God? And shouldn’t discipleship continue unbroken from that point forward?
I see it as more of a single process with milestones along the way, not isolated events that happen to belong to the same faith system.
While you think about, here are some pictures of our week: