expression of his spirituality as well as simply the teaching he gave. The Hebrewdisciple wanted to be so close to his masters footsteps that the dust from his feetwould be continually in his face. The implication being that as the Rabbi moved,so did the student.We notice that Jesus’ method of discipleship and teaching was very pragmatic. Yes, there were times when he sat them down and taught them, but much of theteaching was ‘on the go.’ He recognised that the best way to get these guys tothink like him, was to first teach them to act like him by practically ‘doing thestuff.’ The thinking came out of the action. Look at the example of Jesussending his 72 disciples out to heal the sick and proclaim the Kingdom in Luke10. It was at this point that he was saying to a group much wider than his initial12 ‘Look...you’ve seen me do it, you know the score, its your turn.’ They obey,the respond and faithfully go only to return with a extreme excitement of all theyhad accomplished. Right off the buzz of their missional accomplishment, Jesusenforces their experience with the theological back-up to explain what had justhappened.When we delve into the history of our own Jesus movement, our own discipleshiptraining mission, we see early Salvationists in the cut and thrust of activediscipleship. Catherine Booth explains the discipleship emphasis like this:“
There is no record since the Apostles of a body that has so encompassed theDivine idea, all its members being taught to make all other objects and aims of life subservient to the one grand purpose of preaching the Gospel to every creature and striving to win every soul with whom they come in contact to itssalvation
(Catherine Booth. THE SALVATION ARMY IN RELATION TO THECHURCHES. p31,32).Hinting herself at the discipleship making element of Apostolic Genius, shereflects on the contrast between discipleship in the Army and in other churchesof her day. The fact that the soldier saved at the drum was pinned with an Armybadge, called upon to testify straight away to their new faith in Jesus and inuniform serving Jesus at the front line the next week is proof enough of thisdynamic. In Scotland, we have a phrase that goes something like ‘its better feltthat telt’ – in other words, learning comes from experience, not from simpleaccumulation of knowledge.As we have developed as a Salvation Army, we’ve taken up the very discipleshippractices that Catherine Booth was protesting against. We She said that “
these people stand in these paths of traditionalism and routinism just where their forefathers left them occupying all their time admiring the wisdom and benevolence and devotion of their forefathers instead of IMITATING THEIR AGGRESSIVE FAITH, and MARCHING ON TO THE CONQUEST OF THE WORLD.
(Catherine Booth. PAPERS ON GODLINESS, emphasis hers.)If ever there was a danger for The Salvation Army, it is this very same thing. It isimitation that is the key, seeking to live out the aggressive and apostolic faith.Not necessarily of Booth, or Railton or any other such name that played a part of throwing the mission of The Salvation Army round the globe, but in the ways of