Why Church History Matters for Discipleship


Church history has profound implications for the life of discipleship. Rather than being merely an exercise for the intellectually curious, knowing church history is an essential task for both individual Christians and communities of faith.

In this Seven Minute Seminary, Dr. Jackson Lashier shares three reasons why knowing church history matters, and how it can make a difference in the life of discipleship.

  1. Knowing church history clarifies why we affirm certain doctrines.
  2. Knowing church history trains us to be better readers of Scripture.
  3. Knowing church history challenges our own ethno-centrism.

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Jackson Lashier is Assistant Professor of Religion at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. He holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Marquette University where his studies focused on the Patristic Era of Church History. He is the author of Irenaeus on the Trinity (Brill, 2014). He is married to Julie and the father of children Ruthie, Rachel, and David. He loves reading fiction, playing golf, and all things baseball. He is a longtime member of the United Methodist Church.


  1. “That’s my professor!”
    Well done, Dr. Lashier. Its extremely refreshing to hear someone speak about Church history, as important and meaningful to them as even their own Faith is as passionate. Keep up the great work!