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Developing Disciples

Developing Disciples

By John Jackson
Intentional Discipleship strategies make short-term missions trips a powerful tool for lasting spiritual growth. In these podcasts, John Jackson shares the lessons he and his wife, Penny, have learned over decades of ministry on 4 continents. John is a veteran missionary, church-planter, pastor, soccer coach, and founding executive director of Compass2819. Compass provides training and resources for short-term missions leaders and teams who want to do "short-term" well.
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"Making Disciples" is Mission-critical

Developing Disciples

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Discipleship in seasons of change
Are you facing a season of change? Do you sense the Lord calling you to something new? In this episode, John tells of his family's relocation to the US after 14 years on the mission field. Through their story, he reminds us that God can be trusted to lead, guide, and provide as we follow Him. We can trust His plan and know that He is strategically directing us to keep fulfilling the Great Commission. As Proverbs 3 teaches, we can trust in the Lord with all our hearts and do not need to lean on our own understanding!
03:17
May 31, 2022
Discipling through life's narrow circumstances
In this episode, John tells a heart-stopping story of a narrow escape their family had on the rocky coast of Southern Africa. If you've ever had a near-miss like that and know that God preserved your life - and wondered why (!) - Romans 15:14 gives some critical insight.
02:40
May 31, 2022
Discipling the nations through orphan ministry
In this episode, John tells of a young Iowa couple who are showing the love of the Father to the fatherless of Eastern Europe. Through prayer, patience, hosting, and giving, they are reaching children and a whole network of caregivers. John exhorts us to do likewise - to open our hearts, homes, and pocket books to fulfill the Great Commission of Matthew 28. 
03:27
May 31, 2022
Making disciples by comforting others during trials
In this episode, John explains how comforting others during times of trial can be a means of discipleship. He points to Biblical precedents for this approach in 2 Corinthians 1:4-5 and 1 Peter 3:15. He exhorts us to pray for the dear people of Eastern Europe during this horrific time of war and reminds us that no matter what our circumstances, we can encourage people to make decisions for Christ and then mentor them to maturity.
02:55
May 31, 2022
Discipleship Lessons from the real St. Patrick
In this episode, John dispels some myths about Patrick and points, instead, to his impact as a disciple-maker.
02:17
March 30, 2022
Discipling like Paul - and Moses
In this episode, John unpacks 2 Timothy 2:2 and identifies the four groups of people. He points out that Paul and Moses had the same basic strategy discipleship strategy.
02:38
March 30, 2022
"Making Disciples" is Mission-critical
In this episode, John explains that "making disciples" shouldn't get lost in the haste to "go!" into all the world.
03:06
March 30, 2022
Discipling those who Disciple the World
In this episode, John talks about the compelling call of the Great Commission. As always, he ends with the challenge to Train, Go, Serve, and Change!
02:14
March 29, 2022