I am saddened to report that as I work with churches across the United States today, I see a discipleship taught in which there is no expectation that disciples take time regularly to minister to anyone else. Fully three-fourths of the Christians in the churches I have worked with don't have any time in their lives to minister to anyone outside their own congregations.Sine goes on to give his diagnosis of the church's discipleship strategy:
Most Christians still don't seem to understand that God can actually use their lives to change the world around them. And no one is teaching them a discipleship in which they are challenged to change their priorities to free up one evening a week to evangelize international students or work with the homeless. In fact, you can be a spiritual leader in any evangelical church in this country and never minister to anyone outside the church building.
I am convinced the problem is created in large part by evangelicals who teach that discipleship has to do just with spiritual areas of life. Virtually every book I have read and every forum I have attended teaches a compartmentalized view of discipleship that helps us with our devotions and disposition but has nothing to say about the "non-spiritual" part of our lives. In those other areas having to do with setting priorities, choosing occupations, buying houses, etc., the culture calls the tune and we dance.