Best Discipleship Resources

What You Miss By Not Making Disciples

As we conclude the Growing Up Challenge series, we examine what you miss out on by not making disciples. Sign up for the Growing Up Challenge. It was the summer of 1986. I was 9 years old. My sister Lori was 7. And after seeing the movie Space Camp, we were determined to go to there for a week. We begged Mom and Dad the entire way home to send us. There was only 1 problem. Space camp wasn’t cheap. But I was passionate and persistent, even at 9. Some way, I negotiated with my parents to send us to space camp, on 1 condition: we both had to make the honor roll next school year. They key word was both. This was an easy task for my sister, who made the honor roll every period. Me, on the other hand, making the honor roll would be miraculous. But I was motivated. Who wouldn’t be? Read More
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A Discipleship Strategy that Works (Every Time)

It’s difficult to decide what strategy is the most effective for making disciples. There are so many options from which to choose.. But the model that truly shines is the biblical one. Paul, in his final letter to Timothy, shares a disciple-making strategy that works: You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also (2 Tim. 2:1-2). This Pauline method can be broken down into its individual steps. First, a disciple is to abide in and be strengthened by the grace of Christ. Second, we are to implement the principles taught by Paul, Third, we are to invest what we know into faithful men. The final step in the long process of disciple-making is for those whom have been discipled to go out and replicate themselves. Read More
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The Top 12 Discipleship Books of All Time (Reviews/Rankings)

The Top 12 Discipleship Books of All Time (Reviews/Rankings)

I can't tell you how many times I get asked, "What are your Top 3 Discipleship Books of all Time?"or "Can you List 5 Discipleship books that I need to read." I imagine you've asked the same question before. Instead of condensing years of scholarship into a list of 3—something that would be impossible to do—I have decided to list the Top 12 Discipleship Books of All Time. Well, maybe not all time (all time just sounds cool), but for this time. Some of these you may have read. Others you may have never heard of. All are worth your time. Here's my list for the top 12 Best Discipleship Books. If you're looking for a tool to help grow disciples in your church, When it comes to leading relational disciple-making groups, the staff and congregation must shift primary ownership from the church to the individual. The church must create a plan their people will own by giving a helpful template like Discipleship Groups and coaching them to customize their ministry to best reach their circle of influence. Ready to bust this myth? The Discipleship Blueprint is an on-demand course that includes seven training sessions with some of our most foundational concepts that we use with teams in our consulting processes. Access this course here. Here is the List of Best Discipleship Books (drumroll........):  Christopher Adsit Personal Disciplemaking Many people are unfamiliar with Chris Adsit who has served with Campus Crusade for years. (He spoke at our Replicate Conference 2 years ago and did an Outstanding job.) This is one of the most formative books in developing my theology of discipleship. In addition to addressing the fundamentals of discipleship, Adsit outlines twelve training objectives geared toward teaching your group.   Jim Putman Real Life Discipleship Jim shares his story—this book actually predates DiscipleShift—of how God multiplied his church in Utah from a handful of people to over seven thousand congregants through discipleship groups. Jim utilizes what I call “the cell model” (i.e., twelve-to-fifteen individuals) for accountability and transformation. Pay close attention to the diagnostic tool for examining the different stages of growth in believers: spiritually dead, spiritual infant, spiritual child, spiritual young adult, and spiritual parent. His breakdown of how a disciple evolves is invaluable. 10. Mike Breen Building a Discipling Culture Read More
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