For the most part, discipleship, both the process of being discipled in Jesus and being a discipler of others in Jesus, has, at best, been reduced to basic group Bible study that you don’t have to attend if you don’t want to, or, at worst, been lost all together in the American church culture. Jesus commanded His disciples to go and make more disciples, who were to then lather, rinse, repeat (Matthew 28:19-20). That isn’t evangelism or missions, though those are a part of it.
Discipleship is the systematic and deliberate process of becoming like Jesus yourself while guiding others to do the same.
How’s that going for you? If you are blessed to be a part of a church and being discipled, perhaps even discipling others, fantastic! Keep it up! If you are a part of a church and there is no intentional process of discipleship in place, I suggest you gently approach your pastor and ask about it. Chances are he knows there should be one, he just hasn’t done anything about it, or he has been very discouraged about it, or he really has no clue as to what it means himself.
Here is a short video by Alan Hirsch on three reasons why discipleship is so important.
If you would like suggestions for resources, or if there is anything I can do to help, just let me know. Go, and make disciples!