As we prayerfully discern the future of adult discipleship here at Pleasant Hills Church, here is a list of articles about discipleship that I hope will educate, challenge, and encourage us as individuals and as a team. I have not read each and every one of these articles. These are some titles from various sources that I find intriguing.
Do not feel pressured to read everything here. Instead, simply choose a few titles that seem important or interesting to you.
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The articles are not listed in any particular order.
Downtown Cornerstone Church Website
Here's an example of a church that clearly defines and articulates their discipleship process and core values for ministry.
Programs, Paths, and Healthy Church Growth
A very short, introductory article that expresses the value of developing a succinct path rather than an assortment of programs.
Creating a Discipleship Pathway eBook (Lifeway Publishing)
This eBook is a summation of Lifeway's recommended discipleship pathway for churches. It explains their essential elements of discipleship, and provides guidance about how to incorporate these elements into an annual church calendar. It's 33 pages, but a fast read because of the spacing, pages for notes, and illustrations.
Six Indicators of Spiritual Growth (Part 1), and...
Five Questions for a Better Discipleship Path (Part 2)
These two articles present a way to measure spiritual growth and begin developing a path toward spiritual growth for church members.
The Insufficiency of Small Groups for Discipleship
Here's an article that explains our need to shift our church's understanding of small groups from an "event we attend on a particular weeknight" to a "missional community employed to cultivate discipleship, community, and mission together over time."
Grow a Disciple-Making Culture in Your Church
Growing a disciple-making culture at your church might sound daunting, but keep it simple, and focus on areas where a little investment will go a long way.
A Simple and Radical Key to Evangelistic Breakthrough
If we start seeing discipleship as an art, where spiritual conversations are regularly practiced, we might start seeing some radical kingdom growth.
What Makes a Missional Community Different?
This article unpacks the differences between Missional Communities vs. Community Groups, Missional Communities vs. Bible Studies, and Missional Communities vs. Small Groups.
Develop a Discipleship System
Here are a number of models that other churches (in the Methodist tradition) have adopted as their "pathway" of discipleship.