Anyone can become a disciple of Jesus. There is a misconception about Disciples of Christ being Pastors and ministers of the church. However, it is a task meant for the believers and followers of Christ. The duty is often referred to as Great Commission since it has been given to us by God.
The moment you mention about Disciples of Christ; many people think of following Jesus, helping others among other evangelistic duties. All these have elements discipleship since we should be evangelistic and try to make people followers of Jesus as well. Many churches do not practice discipleship as much often as possible. A research that was done showed that only 15% of the churches are growing. In fact, 14% of the growing churches are growing from transfer meaning that members of some churches are moving from their original churches to others.
Only 1% of the population is being converted into discipleship showing reduced concern in spreading the word of God. Perhaps you are wondering what it takes to become a disciple. A quote from the Bible about Disciples of Christ from Luke 9:23 says ` Then He (Jesus) said to them all: ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’ You should be ready to study the word of Jesus Christ, live according to it and even spread it as far as possible regardless of how much challenge you will face.
Anyone who believes in Christ is a Disciple and has an obligation of spreading the word of God to all people. The Bible says in Luke 14:25-33 that the disciples should be ready to sacrifice even their close relatives and friends for the purpose of Christ. Before you decide to follow Christ, it would be imperative to calculate whether you have adequate guts to sacrifice your life and your loved ones for Christ.