Consumption Is Not Discipleship

In their book, Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development, Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck focus on the importance of leadership in and through the church. They believe leadership development requires a strong conviction to develop leaders, a healthy culture for leadership development, and helpful constructs to build leaders…

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Disciple-Making Encounters Releases Today

My book, Disciple-Making Encounters: Revolutionary Sunday School, released today. What does a book about Sunday School have to do with discipleship? Sunday School and small groups are a natural part of a church’s discipleship strategy. We should strive to lead our groups to be as effective as possible in making…

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Holy Spirit POWER in Discipleship

In Appendix 2 of Dann Spader’s book, 4 Chair Discipling, Dann shares five phases of Jesus’ ministry and their implications for ministry (and discipleship) leadership. The five phases include Phase 1:  Preparation Period Phase 2:  Ministry Foundations Phase 3:  Ministry Training Phase 4:  Multiplied Outreach Phase 5:  Movement Expansion. In…

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Three Results of Discipleship

I am reading a short book by Will Mancini entitled Innovating Discipleship: Four Paths to Real Discipleship Results. Chapters 1-3 are available here. In chapter two, Mancini shares about three kinds of results and his definitions Input results:  focused on the number of people and dollars that come into a…

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Launch a Group, Evaluate, and Adjust

Gather a team and prayerfully put together a simple plan for discipleship. Choose materials. Set expectations. Determine goals. But don’t wait too long. In all my conversations with leaders, two truths seem to be universal. First, every plan needs adjustment. Second, most wish they had started discipling sooner and adjusted…

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