It’s Not What You Know…

Red and White target with three arrowTodd Henry’s Accidental Creative podcast hit me with a simple one liner, that brought a few things into focus for me last night.

A simple line, that he probably didn’t think a whole lot about, tied together some of my recent thinking on disciple making:

It’s not what you know, it’s what you do that matters.

Way back in the day, during my undergrad career, we learned that there were five purposes of the local church: Worship, Instruction, Fellowship, Edification, Service. The WIFES model is imperfect, as all models are, but I have found it to be a helpful tool when it comes to balancing the ministries of a local church. Ask yourself, what percentage you your ministries address each of those areas?

What many churches find, is that the majority of their time, talents, and treasure are invested in Instruction.

Instruction is hugely important, but we need to keep in mind that our faith is about more than knowing the right things, it is about putting that faith into action (I believe James has something to say about that). This is why, when I help church leaders develop a Definition of a Discipled Person, we focus on attitudes, behaviors, and actions to describe what we are looking to build into the lives of the congregations we lead.

What are YOU attempting to build into YOUR congregation?


About the Author: Matt Steen

I love Jesus, Theresa (my wife), the Redskins & Capitals, and am currently living in Waco, Texas where I am studying the finer points of BBQ (while working on my MDiv and MBA at Baylor University). When not studying, I serve church leaders through and am the Director of Connections for Harris Creek Baptist Church's Downtown Campus.