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The Making of a Disciple-Maker

February 2022 is the sport enthusiast's dream month. The Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, is our constant companion for 16 straight days. Everyone has his or her favorite sport. We position ourselves before the television set, learn the stories of the Olympians, sit on the edge of our seats, and cheer with all our energy. People from every country join the excitement as we cheer for our national heroes.

One of my favorite winter Olympic sports to watch is speed skating, specifically the short track relay. The rink is quite small, 60 meters (200 feet) long and 30 meters (98 feet) wide—the same size as an Olympic-sized figure skating rink. Four teams, two racers on each team, speed around the rink. Space is tight, especially around the curves, and anything can happen. Instead of passing a baton for the relay, the entering speed skater steps in front of his or her partner and is pushed into action. There is something about one speed skater pushing the other forward into the race that catches my attention.



When we talk discipleship in the church, we usually focus on the making of disciples. Somehow, we have assumed that when "our disciples" are attending church regularly, have cleaned up their language, speak about God more in conversations, and give their tithe, our job in disciple-making is complete. After all, the mission of the church is to make disciples, right? That is only partially correct. Let me explain.

The goal of the church is to make Christlike disciples. Jesus Christ is always making disciples of others; therefore, to be a "Christlike" disciple, the disciple must be making disciples of others. This is where we often have fallen short in the church. Believers must help the next generation of Christ-followers turn and make disciples of others.

My oldest daughter, Bekah, is now 17 years old and more than halfway through her junior year. Our home is abuzz with discussions of university choices, college entrance exams, and CLEP classes. About six months ago, I had a new thought I am convinced was from God. I was praising God for the way I saw Bekah living and loving Jesus. She has truly become a devoted follower of our Savior. She studies His Word, loves people, and has every evidence of the fruit of the Spirit. I must admit, I wondered if our job as parents was finished. Then, God spoke into my heart. "Your task is not complete. Bekah needs to be a disciple-maker."

I discussed this revelation with Bekah. I shared that we had two years left before she leaves for college. I wanted, if she so desired, to transition my spiritual influence with her from making a disciple of her to making a disciple-maker. A new journey in my life with my oldest daughter has begun. We meet somewhat formally each week when I am teaching her how to make disciples of others. We are praying for young people she knows who need Jesus. Soon, she will reach out to these friends to intentionally make disciples of others, first with me present to support her and later on her own.

Our plan is set. We are a team. She has entered the race and found her way in front of me. I am ready to push her forward with the mission of God. When she graduates from high school in May 2023, we will not celebrate and lose her to the next phase of her life. Instead, we will celebrate and send her into mission! If you happen to watch the short track relay in these winter Olympics, watch for the push of the speed skaters. Ask yourself whom you are pushing forward into the mission of God.


Scott Rainey, 
SDMI Global Director

Devotional of the Month

Applying Knowledge to Life’s “Classroom”

“Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge” (Proverbs 23:12, NIV).

As a teacher on the Navajo Reservation with students whose mother tongue was not English, I decided to pursue a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). I felt an advanced degree in this discipline was necessary for my job—a trainer of teachers in second language learning. To be effective in my assignment, an advanced degree was essential. I needed as much knowledge and training as possible

     I devoted several summers to achieve my goal at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. The mountain setting attracted me for its beauty, cool summers, and proximity to home.

     After taking several courses in English grammar and various phases of linguistics, I signed up for a methodology class. By this time, I had had several years of on-the-job experience, and this particular class helped me combine my experience with the other courses. The class sessions were useful; the professor, thorough; discussions, intriguing; assignments, valuable.

     At the end of the five-week session, the prof told us to bring a “blue book” to class for the final exam. Arriving in class, he gave us one question—yes, only one: “What are you going to do on Monday morning?” In other words, now that you have the knowledge acquired in this class, how will you apply this information in your classroom. A surprise exam? Definitely. A fair test? Absolutely!

     I wrote and wrote and wrote. My fingers became numb. Filling every page of that blue book, I turned it in to the prof at the last minute.

     Later, when the professor returned the blue book to me, he had written A+ on the first page with a generous comment about my responses. (Please forgive the boasting.) While shocked at the grade—the first ever A+ for an essay exam in all my education—I felt gratified at being able to demonstrate—well, at least to that prof—that I could apply knowledge to a classroom setting.

     In our journeys with the Lord, He is watching to see if we can apply what He is teaching us to our daily walk—in the “classroom” of life. If we are serious about our relationship with God, we know we must grow—growth that comes through disciplined study of His Word and internalizing it. And I believe our loving Father is eager to stamp A+ on our hearts, giving His generous affirmation of our purposed intent to be His disciple.

Father, forgive me for the times I so carelessly treated Your Holy Word. Help me to study it daily and apply this knowledge—Your truth, Your teachings—to my heart and life.

Wes Eby

Wes Eby has spent decades as an Educator in many roles.  We are so blessed to have him as our Global Representative.  Wes and his wife, Roberta attend the Winter Haven, Florida, First Church of the Nazarene, where he serves as the NMI (missions) President/Educator and the church editor.

Please Enjoy our December 2022 Newsletter!

A Nazarene support network providing fellowship, discipleship, and resources that strengthen educational ministries

The Gift of Peace and a Grateful Heart
Marilyn Dominick, Chair of Nazarene Educators Worldwide

There are many precious Bible verses about thankfulness and peace. Colossians 3:15 is one of my favorites, because it reminds me that the peace of Christ is such a fantastic gift to all believers. Since this is true, why do so many Christians lack this peace? Read more

The Secret of a Closed Door
Becky Ramsey, Public School (and Christian School) Representative

In choosing my teaching path, I have always wanted to do God’s will. Many times, I would tell the Lord that it would be so much better if He would come and sit next to me and talk to me about His plan for the next step in my life. I did not want to misinterpret His communication. Read more

Students Respond in Different Ways

Cindy Alsip, former NEW Public School Representative and Guest Writer

One of the joys God gives a teacher is to recognize the sparks in students’ eyes when they connect with a topic, leading to their growing interest to learn further. The diverse ways students respond show how their mind works. Read more

Squeals, Squirming, and Surprises
Midge Simpson Farr, Preschool/Early Childhood Representative

I attended nine different schools between Kindergarten and 12th grade. My parents rented instead of buying a house. So when mom would find a better house, we would move. Nine times we moved while I was growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! Read more

Teach Children to Lead
Tracy Gosnell, guest writer

When I left the corporate world to stay home to raise and educate my children, that was not the popular thing to do. In the world’s eyes, I had given up a successful business position as an administrative assistant to take on a menial task, one that was difficult. Read more

God has a Plan
Melodee Simmons, Preschool and Early Childhood Representative

I have always wanted to be a teacher. I practiced that role with my little sister before she was old enough to go to school. She could read and write before she went to Kindergarten. As I matured, I sensed that God wanted me to be a teacher. Read more

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Don't forget to pray for each other! Remember, we have a great mission field in which to disciple our students, their families, and our colleagues and to model the example of Christ - likeness to those we influence.  

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