Recently a fellow named Bud Caddell came up with a Venn diagram entitled “how to be happy in business.” It reminded me of a similar diagram from the class notes for my 'Biblical Foundations for Missions' class. As such I wanted to replicate and mash both concepts into a single form that would help me think and hopefully spur some discussion. I would consider what I have below a work-in-progress and would appreciate any feedback or discussion it generates.
If you are unfamiliar with this general setup, each circle represents an entry point by which we as humans enter under the tutelage of Christ. Hopefully as we progress in that process we are drawn into the center of all three disciplines, however that is not always the case. The conundrum we often face is how do continue the process of discipling in our new cultural contexts. I would argue that largely the core concepts remain the same, however the praxis of discipling often calls for new and varied tools of expression and instruction. Regardless of our cultural contexts the three struggles we most likely face in the discipling process are ones of vulnerability, accountability, and exploratory spaces. The primary catalysts for working through these struggles are cultivation, embracement, and encouragement.
Let me know your thoughts.