Recently, I announced the release of the third edition of Building a Discipling Culture. I wanted to take a moment to tell you why some of the new content in this new edition is so important (I’ll be sharing more in a couple of other posts that will follow).
One of the key additions to this new edition is the concept of the Five Capitals. This idea helps us to understand the resources that each of us has at our disposal, and how we can invest them to fulfill Jesus’ call to making disciples.
The Five Capitals – not in any order – are:
When you read the third edition of Building a Discipling Culture, or if you’ve heard me teach on the Five Capitals at an event in the last few years, you realize that the Five Capitals are not equal and have an order that their relative values places them in. You will also know that we can invest our stronger capitals to grow our weaker forms of capital. We talk more about how we can do this in the book.
In this post, I want to take this idea of effective investment and apply it to another core principle—the Person of Peace.
The idea of the Person of Peace helps us identify whom God is brining into our sphere of influence in order to impact with the Good News that Jesus has given us. This may be a person whom God is calling into a deeper expression of discipleship. It may be a person whom God is preparing to become a Christian for the first time. It may even be a person who is called to leads alongside us. The person might even be the one God is calling to be your spouse!
We cannot disciple everyone. We cannot invest in everyone. We cannot evangelize everyone. At least, we cannot do any of these things for very long at all. At some point, we need to focus our efforts on those who are receptive to what God might have to say to them. To use Jesus’ metaphor, we need to look for good soil – which is usually the Person of Peace.
We identified a Person of Peace because they ‘like us, listen to us and want to serve us’ (Luke 10). Then we look for ways to invest our Spiritual, Relational, Intellectual, Physical and Financial capital to help, encourage and bless them as best we can. (some of you may have noticed I have change the ‘order’ of the capitals – there’s more on this in the new edition!)
Approaching our relationships in this way is both challenging and refreshing.
- Challenging because it calls us to invest everything we have to fulfill Jesus’ great commission.
- Refreshing because we are encouraged to focus our investment, so that our efforts result in multiplication, not just addition.
By investing wisely and effectively, we can make disciples while continuing to live in a healthy rhythm of life. This is the sustainable path toward multiplying disciples far beyond our own lives.
- The Five Capitals show us how we should invest in order to make disciples
- The Person of Peace shows us in whom we should invest
You can read more about the Five Capitals in chapter 4 of the new edition of Building a Discipling Culture. I pray that this idea will help you invest wisely in the People of Peace in your life.