We’ve changed how we’re training and discipling our leaders. We’ve taught them, and we’re teaching them, to be self-feeders versus consumers only. We’re teaching them how to be self-feeders versus consumers because today in most churches, if you’re a typical American Christian, it’s pretty cool and it’s totally okay for you to just come to a Bible study and just sit there and learn by consuming.
You can go on for years like that, but if you’re going to be, say, a missionary in the Sudan, you better have made a transition in your life from just being a person sitting there and consuming someone else’s teaching. You better be able to get into the Word of God and let the Word of God speak to you through the Holy Spirit and make that transition into your life from a person who is just hearing somebody else preach to a person who is a self-feeder and putting that stuff into action. So long story short, what we’re doing is we’re training our people like missionaries.
Matt Carter serves as the Pastor of Preaching and Vision at The Austin Stone Community Church, which has been tremendously blessed since the church began in 2002. Mattâ€™s desire to see the church become an advocate for the welfare of the city of Austin has led to the creation of a network that exists to actively pursue the redemption and renewal of the city for the advancement of the Gospel. The For the City Network provides a platform for organizational collaboration by providing physical space to local non-profits as well as creating a funnel for volunteer engagement. In addition to pastoring at The Austin Stone, Matt is a cancer survivor, co-author of the upcoming book â€œFor the Cityâ€ and speaker for camps and conferences nationwide. Twitter: @_matt_carter.