Filipino-American with Ilokano roots. My training and skill sets in discipleship were acquired in the local church and US military. I believe the fundamental flaw in most ministries today and specifically in the Church is in the area of discipleship. Spiritual traction is not attained over the long haul by listening to a sermon, reading the latest book and/or attending the next conference highlighted by star-studded names. Walking and training people over a period of time and cultivating a relationship during times of life's challenges when people are being tested to "live in a manner worthy of the Gospel " is where spiritual maturity actually occurs.