Unit Goals and Objectives

  • Goal: This unit will give you a biblical and practical framework for understanding the core mission of the church.
  • Objective: Understand the reasons for and importance of the church.
  • Main point: Discipleship is the core mission of the church.
  • Estimated Time to Complete Lesson: 150 minutes


1. Read

Read Chapter 1 of Bobby Harrington’s eBook Discipleship is the Core Mission of the Church: “Chapter One: Something is Not Working” (pages 8-13) by clicking here.



2. Watch

Watch the video, “Main Forum 1: The Core Mission of the Church (2016 Nat’l Forum)” in which Jim Putman from the Relational Discipleship Network leads a discussion about the core mission of the church (67 minutes) by clicking here. Participants include James Forlines, Dave Buehring, Ariyana Rimson, and Bobby Harrington (moderator).


3. Listen

Listen to Episode 2 of The Disciple Maker’s Podcast: “E02: Jim Putman’s Story w/ Bill and Bobbi Putman” which is the NPR-style story of how Jim’s parents, Bill and Bobbi, raised him and helped him to find Christ (35 min). Select your favorite podcast player by clicking here.



4. Respond

Once you’ve read the chapter, watched the video, and listened to the podcast episode, answer these questions in a group context, if possible.

  • What is your response to the thesis in this eBook that relational discipleship is the core mission the church? Do you agree with this?
  • What stood out to you the most from what Jim Putman said in this video session?
  • What moment of Jim’s story do you relate to the most? Why?
  • What is the functional core mission of your home church?
  • What is God asking you to do in response to this unit?
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5. Move on

Once you click “submit” with your answers of response, the system will redirect you to Unit 2.