Don't often post links to other places (I think there is more merit in being original than simply filling internet pages with links to links to links). However, in this case, I want to make an exception. Depending on what circles you move in, you may not have seen this. It is Matthew Hosier's (NFI elder) reply to someone who felt that preaching had had its day and we ought to be focusing more on discipleship. It's a statement, by the way, that I've now heard from several places in slightly different forms. Matt has a good answer. First, though, here's a taster of the question:
A friend of mine was attending a conference about ‘missional communities’ and while there tweeted, “We spend 2 days preparing a sermon that no one remembers 3 weeks later. Maybe we should spend that time making disciples.”
And here's his good answer. Every preacher should follow the link.