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The Importance of Assimilation & Discipleship Pathway

Just about every time I work with a church, there are always two subjects that come up; assimilation and discipleship pathway. I have heard some say they are one in the same, while others believe there is no need for assimilation if the discipleship process is right. The reality is, it takes both assimilation and a discipleship pathway for a church to function properly. While they are both different, they work together; and one cannot happen without the other, especially in the church world. 

Assimilation obviously isn't a sacred church word; it exists in nearly every organization that develops people. By definition, the word assimilate means: to cause (a person or group) to become part of a different society, country, etc. In the church world, we want people who are far from God to become part of a different country too (God's Kingdom). We need a process that will cause people to move from where they are to where God wants them to be. It starts with assimilation, but it can…