Results For"discipleship"


Post: A Life of Discipleship

  Part of our own discipleship is “paying it forward”: seeing God not only work in us, for our own discipleship, but also seeing him work through us, for others’ discipleship The person and work of Jesus cannot remain as…


Post: Creating an Environment for Discipleship

In the Story, we watch as Jesus makes disciples, turning fishermen into fishers of men. Then before He ascends into heaven, He gives them the mission to also make disciples who obey His commands. Then over and over in Acts…


Post: Discipleship as an Invitation to Relationship

  (Post nine in an eleven-part series from Alan Hirsch. Read post ten here.) Stop being overly “spiritual,” using insider, religious language, to talk about God—it mostly alienates people. The reality is, to become a missional Christian, we begin by simply…


Post: Reactivating Authentic Discipleship

  (Part three in the Recovering Missional Moxie series from Alan Hirsch. Read part four here.) That people all across America (and the Western world, for that matter) think that Christians are fundamentally unlike Christ is a serious problem!  An absolutely central issue…


Post: Family Discipleship in the Everyday

In this episode of the Saturate Podcast, Jeff Vanderstelt and Duke Revard talk about family discipleship in the everyday stuff of life. In COVID we’ve seen some of our discipleship structure break down which has revealed both the ways parents…


Post: Discovering Distorted Images of God in Discipleship

In this episode of the Saturate Podcast, Duke Revard talks with Nathan Wagnon about discovering our distorted images of God and the gift of reforming people’s view of God. Discipleship is about communing with the living God and participating in…


Post: Women’s Ministry as Women’s Discipleship

In this episode of the Saturate Podcast, Duke Revard talks with Amy Lathrop and Alison Martin about the important topic of women’s ministry as women’s discipleship. If we are to see Gospel Saturation, it will require us to mobilize the…


Post: Discipleship as Being with Jesus

In this episode of the Saturate Podcast, Duke Revard will be joined by author and Spiritual Director, Adele Calhoun. Our hope is that as you listen, you gain a clearer understanding of how essential it is for disciples of Jesus…


Post: Decentralized Discipleship with The Underground

 In this episode of the Saturate Podcast, Duke Revard and Jeff Vanderstelt talk with Jeremy Stephens and Tomy Wilkerson from The Underground. We’ll talk about micro churches, the similarities and differences between them and missional communities. We learn from what…


Post: Making Disciples as a Special Needs Parent

  How was a family like ours supposed to live out the practice of discipleship? The instruction in Matthew 28:19 seemed impossible for us. Roughly six years ago, a miserable “stomach flu” turned into cause for celebration; I was pregnant…


Post: Episode 90: How Ephesians Informs our Discipleship

In this episode of the Saturate Podcast, Ben Connelly and Brad Watson talk about the book of Ephesians and the study that Brad wrote on that book for communities that launched on August 19th. They discuss how the wonder of…


Post: Episode 102: Decentralized Discipleship 

    In this episode, Jeff Vanderstelt, Bob Roberts, and Ben Connelly talk about lessons they’ve learned from the global church on decentralized movements. This conversation is inspiring, encouraging, and challenging as we faithfully seek to be who God made…


Post: There are No Silver Bullets

  We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Daniel Im regarding his newly released book, No Silver Bullets. There may not be a silver bullet when it comes to discipleship, but this book is a must-read bullet to…


Post: Our Common Struggle to Believe the Gospel

  We ask for polished leaders; God sends us messy people to disciple. The vision of a movement of people coming to greater faith in the gospel increasingly is what draws most of us into church leadership. The image of…


Post: “Undoing” Wrong Thinking

  Getting believers to obey God together in the midst of non-Christians is one of the most powerful witnesses to the gospel we have. I recently sat down with Brian Daniel from LifeWay‘s Groups Ministry blog to talk about helping churches and…


Post: Meeting House to House

  When my wife was in high school, her house was the place where her friends all wanted to hang out. There were snacks aplenty; they had a pool table and big screen in their basement; so lots of great…


Post: The Call and the Commission

  When Jesus’s commissions are read together, we get a more accurate picture of a King who cares for the broken. If our strategies don’t include the care and healing of the whole man, we’ve missed the real commission. Discipleship is about more than beliefs and practices, it’s the process of…


Post: Transitioning Church Culture

  Our journey towards transitioning our church culture from activity to identity began over six years ago.  Another pastor and I, both on staff at the same church, were wrestling through some troubling trends we each saw as we sought…


Post: Friendship Counts

  If we miss true friendship, we may be devolving into using people as projects for our own self interests. In the midst of our discussions or training about building, planting, and growing churches, we must guard against slipping into…


Post: What is a “Missional Community”?

  (This post is part of 2-part series about all-of-life discipleship. Part 1 here.) All-of-life discipleship—learning to follow, trust, and obey Jesus in the everyday stuff of life and training others to do the same—requires submitting to and obeying God’s…


Resource: Growing in Christ Together – Leader

The Leadership Guide is curated from pastors across the Soma Family of Churches and comes with nearly two decades of experience leading DNA groups. This curriculum is your Discipleship training wheels…


Post: Spirit Doctor

  Leaders, please set aside your objective plans for a moment. Helping people address their inner lives is probably the most important thing you’ll ever do. Many years ago I took my first trip to West Africa. On one of…


Post: From Vision to Reality

  My name is Marshall Benbow, and I am the discipleship pastor at Grace Community Church in Greensboro, NC. We are a church of about 500 in a Bible Belt city of about 250,000 people. Over the years through the…


Page: Online Courses

Whether you are a disciple of Jesus looking to grow personally, a missional community leader, or a church leader, we've designed these courses with you in mind. Each course includes video training from a variety of teachers, as well as...

Page: Fall Learning Communities

More information about 2021 Learning Communities coming soon! Church on Mission Nov 5 – Dec 17 | Thurs, 12:30-2p pst/3:30 - 5p est How can my church live on mission, especially when people are isolated and wary of others? How...

Post: Discipling Each Other

  The most meaningful relationships in life are symbiotic: the people involved mutually benefit, encourage, and foster growth in each other. Growing as a disciple requires this kind of relationship by the power of the Holy Spirit and through the…


Post: We Choose Exhaustion

  Throughout the years, I have come across a growing number of people on the cusp of burnout in communities and organizations across the spectrum of the gospel-centered discipleship movement. Many were close friends, few were acquaintances, and one of them…


Page: Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

How do we make disciples during a global health crisis? We’ve never led disciples through a pandemic. Until recently, we hadn’t led missional communities on Zoom nor thought of ways to be on mission to our neighbors while keeping six...

Post: You Started a Church. Now What?

  Starting a church is no small thing. It can be simple or complex. It can involve a few people or a few hundred. It can be lots of things. But spiritually, it’s not small. In some ways, starting a…


Post: Our Common Struggle

  I was raised in a Catholic European city. My neighborhood was littered with cathedrals.  They were statues of the past more than they were pillars of the present. Except for major holidays and the incredible buildings, it was hard…