Discipling Millennials: Engaging the Next Generation with the Gospel

Discipling Millennials: Engaging the Next Generation with the Gospel

Downline’s Track at the 2017 National Forum titled, “Discipling Millennials” is about engaging the next generation of church leadership with the gospel. As the future of the church, we must understand how to effectively disciple millennials—a generation with unique strengths, weaknesses, learning habits, and desires. Drawing from years of ministry experience and relevant Ph.D. and […]

Function as a Team

Function as a Team

This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, Stay the Course: Seven Essential Practices for Disciple Making Churches. Download it free here. Have you ever played a game of tug-o-war? Several years ago while I served on staff at Real Life Ministries we had an incredible event during which an epic tug-o-war took place. […]

The Jesus Paradigm

The Jesus Paradigm

This is part of The False Promise of Discipleship blog series from The Bonhoeffer Project. Read the blog that came right before this one by clicking here. Rather than building on sand, the wise builder asks, “Hey, is there a rock around here?” Jesus demolishes The Human Paradigm and replaces it with something wonderful and […]

Radical Mentoring

Radical Mentoring

Regi Campbell, with Nate Larkin, is leading the track at this year’s National Disciple Making Forum, “Men’s Discipleship”. Campbell represents an organization called Radical Mentoring, which exists to encourage and equip the local church to create disciple makers and build leaders with a proven system for intentional men’s small group mentoring based on the model […]

Equip and Release Leaders

Equip and Release Leaders

This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, Stay the Course: Seven Essential Practices for Disciple Making Churches. Download it free here. I love March Madness—the time of year when 64 college basketball teams have the opportunity to make a run for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) title. The stories, players, and coaches […]

The Biggest Problem with the Human Paradigm

The Biggest Problem with the Human Paradigm

This is part of The False Promise of Discipleship blog series from The Bonhoeffer Project. Read the blog that came right before this one by clicking here. But the biggest problem with The Human Paradigm is just that. It’s strictly human. It’s a human way of thinking about the world. It is, at its core, […]

Discipleship’s Not an Event—It is a Way of Life

Discipleship’s Not an Event—It is a Way of Life

Kids largely act, think, and display attitudes that are imitative of their parents. Yet, churches spend nearly one hundred percent of their efforts to be the greatest spiritual influence event each week for one to two hours. Research has shown the top spiritual influencers of teens today are (and in this order) mom, dad, pastor, […]

Shepherd Toward Spiritual Maturity

Shepherd Toward Spiritual Maturity

This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, Stay the Course: Seven Essential Practices for Disciple Making Churches. Download it free here. Elk are incredible animals. I have spent the better part of 25 years watching, studying, and hunting them. In my opinion, they are one of God’s most magnificent creations. Every year, through […]

How to Mature People Through Disciple Making

How to Mature People Through Disciple Making

At the 2017 National Disciple Making Forum, NewChurches.com and LifeWay will focus on how to mature people through disciple making. After all, you will never be able to grow or multiply your church without first maturing your congregation through disciple making. Daniel Im and his team at LifeWay are leading a track at the 2017 National […]

Taking the “I” Out of Discipleship

Taking the “I” Out of Discipleship

This is part of The False Promise of Discipleship blog series from The Bonhoeffer Project. Read the blog that came right before this one by clicking here. The first, and perhaps the most obvious, problem with The Human Paradigm is that we never arrive! Have you noticed that X is ever-elusive? The closer you get […]