Recently it was announced that Gospel-Centered Discipleship would have a new director, Brandon Smith.
Brandon is a freelance writer, with work appearing in newspaper, radio, and popular online resources such as The Gospel Coalition, Baptist Press, and Church Leaders. He is also the Associate Editor for The Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood and Director of Communications at Criswell College.
Brandon kindly took a bit of time to share with me why he’s excited about his new role with GCD, his own experiences in discipleship, and what he loves about writing.
1. What excites you about what’s going on with Gospel-Centered Discipleship?
Gospel-Centered Discipleship has made its mark in the past few years by offering articles and eBooks that are practitioner-tested, gospel-centered, community-shaped, and mission-focused. I’m eager to continue that trend. We have a slew of talented contributors and authors who are dedicated to advancing the gospel and helping equip the Church to do the same.
I’m also thrilled to say that we are planning to expand our ministry into exciting new territories. We are dreaming up ways to better equip local churches and their people to take the gospel to the ends of the earth, and we want to be more intentional in developing a more hands-on approach toward equipping disciples to be disciple-makers. We also see great partnerships with like-minded ministries on the horizon that will focus on all of us working together to resource the Church for Jesus’s sake. God has been good to us, and we’re only getting started!
2. Who are the people who’ve had the greatest impact on your faith? Why?
I’d say the most influential person on my life is the first pastor I ever served under. Even before I became the youth pastor on his staff, he discipled me and served me in a way that I’d never seen before. He showed me how to disciple someone in the way that Jesus did: by loving, rebuking, forgiving, and teaching. I owe much of my character as a pastor, husband, father, and friend to him.
On a broader note, the Puritans have made a large impact on me as a person. Their regard to deep doctrine leading to resilient devotion is encouraging. The rich, God-exalting way that Thomas Watson writes has particularly shaped me spiritually. The Great Gain of Godliness wrecked me, and I always encourage others to read it with a humble, prayerful heart.