The Top Book Recommendations of 12 Disciple Making Leaders

Discipleship.org asked the leaders of 12 Disciple Making ministries that partner with us to share their top 2 book recommendations. We told everyone to assume the recommendations of two classics: The Master Plan of Evangelism, by Robert Coleman and The Cost of Discipleship, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. We also encouraged each leader to only recommend only one of books that they have written.

Here are top two recommendations from each leader (and their organization).

Bill Hull (Bonhoeffer Project)

  1. Conversion and Discipleship, Bill Hull
  2. Divine Conspiracy, Dallas Willard

Jim Putman (Relational Discipleship Network)

  1. Real-Life Discipleship Training Manual, Jim Putman, Bill Krause, Avery Willis, and Brandon Guindon
  2. Four Chair Discipling, Dann Spader

Daniel Im (LifeWay)

  1. No Silver Bullets, Daniel Im
  2. The Disciple Makers Handbook, Bobby Harrington and Josh Patrick.

Greg Ogden (Global Discipleship Initiative)

  1. Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples A Few at a Time, Ogden
  2. The Disciple Making Pastor, Bill Hull

Dann Spader (Sonlife Ministries)

  1. Four Chair Discipling, Dann Spader
  2. Bold Moves, Craig Etheridge

Robby Gallaty (Replicate Ministries)

  1. Rediscovering Discipleship, Robby Gallaty
  2. The Disciple Making Pastor, Bill Hull

Regi Campbell (Radical Mentoring)

  1. Mentor like Jesus, Regi Campbell
  2. Bo’s Café, John Lynch, Bill Thrall and Bruce McNicol

Justin Gravitt (Navigator Church Ministries)

  1. Ways of the Alongsider, Bill Mowry
  2. High Quest: Women of Distinction, Navigators

Monte Starkes (Life on Life Ministries)

  1. Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples A Few at a Time, Greg Ogden
  2. The Training of the Twelve, A. B. Bruce

Kennon Vaughan (Downline Ministries)

  1. The Training of the Twelve, A. B. Bruce
  2. Trellis and the Vine, Colin Marshall and Tony Payne

Dave Buehring (Lionshare)

  1. The Discipleship Journey, Dave Buehring
  2. The Complete Book of Discipleship, Bill Hull

Craig Etheredge (discipleFIRST)

  1. Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus, Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg
  2. Four Chair Discipling, Dann Spader

The four books that received more than one recommendation are The Disciple Making Pastor by Bill Hull, Four Chair Discipling, by Dann Spader, Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples A Few at a Time, by Greg Ogden, and The Training of the Twelve, by A. B. Bruce. We recommend all of the books we have listed to our readers.

Our National Disciple Making Forum, October 25-26th will feature ten of the authors of these recommended books. Our theme for 2018 is Discipling Relationships. We hope you will be able to join us.

Written by Bobby Harrington


Bobby Harrington is the Executive Director of Discipleship.org, a national platform, conference, and ministry that advocates for Jesus’ style of disciple making. He is the founding and lead pastor of Harpeth Christian Church (by the Harpeth River, just outside of Nashville, TN). He has a Doctor of Ministry degree in consulting and has spent years as a coach to church planters and senior pastors. He is the author of several books on discipleship, including DiscipleShift (with Jim Putman and Robert Coleman) and The Disciple Maker’s Handbook (with Josh Patrick).

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