Dr. John H. Aukerman is one of that rare breed of seminary professors who’s an active practitioner of what he teaches. Professor of Christian education at Anderson University School of Theology, Dr. Aukerman also leads the Logos intergenerational ministry at his local congregation, Maple Grove Church of God. So his discipleship blog deserves careful attention.
“21st Century Discipling” shares advice one might not expect from an academic. Recent posts included:
- Stop Buying Curriculum
- Stop Segregating Your Youth
- Stop Inviting People to Church
Dr. Aukerman’s opinions are worthy of your consideration because they come from the perspective of a small-group leader, teacher, and former pastor–as well as an academic specialist in this field. In a recent post on “A New Definition of Disciple,” he writes:
My reading, my thinking, and my experience lead me to the conclusion that true discipleship is generational. A disciple is someone who disciples someone who disciples someone.
In other words, a true disciple generates more disciples. A Christ follower teaches others to follow Christ. And a disciple who fails to disciple anyone else is…not really a disciple!
This makes intergenerational ministry vital to the work of the church. As Christian educators have said for decades, “Faith is not only taught, it’s caught!” Regular, intentional conversations between older and younger Christians make that a natural outcome. Dr. Aukerman and other practitioners have learned it firsthand.