Picture this. Imagine applying for a job in which you had no experience. The corporation hired you knowing you lacked experience. You attend the new hire orientation where you learn about the vision and mission of the corporation. They also tell you the corporations history and how you’re part of their future. They finally verify all of your information for their records. You go home with a feeling of excitement and nervousness about getting involved the next day. When you arrive to work you are provided with a handbook, given a welcoming reception and then everybody goes their separate ways. What do you do? Is someone going to train you? Where do you go? Are you able to survive?
Now think about this in context of the church. People come to church and give their lives to God. They attend a new members orientation. They are given a bible, greeted by other members and then they are left alone to survive on their own.
For the past few weeks our bible study has been used as the platform to develop our Gospel Outreach Community Church’s “New Disciple Orientation.” Our Director of Christian Education is leading the charge in giving new Christians an environment to gain a better understanding of the decision they made, strengthen the foundation of their knowledge of Christ and give them a peace of mind that they are not on this journey alone.
Churches need to recognize that this is not “every man for themselves”, “survival of the fittest” or “Hunger Games”. This is a journey where mature Christians help new Christians to stand on their own two feet and become mature Christians themselves.
Besides a New Disciples Orientation, what could we do to disciple new Christians on their new journey?
Pastor JB Marshall