Real-Life Discipleship: Building Churches That Make DisciplesHardback
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- Publisher: NavPress Publishing Group
- Format: Hardback | 203 pages
- Dimensions: 142mm x 211mm x 20mm | 340g
- Publication date: 28 October 2010
- Publication City/Country: Colorado Springs
- ISBN 10: 1615215603
- ISBN 13: 9781615215607
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 133,755
"Real-Life Discipleship" explains what should happen in the life of every Christian and in every small group so that the church becomes an army of believers dedicated to seeing the world saved. With the overriding goal to train disciples who know how to make more disciples, this book offers proven tools and strategies from Real Life Ministries, one of America's fastest-growing churches. Discover what the Bible says about true and effective discipleship with these strategies and practices.
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A seventeen-year ministry veteran, author, and national speaker, Jim Putman is the senior pastor of Real Life Ministries, located in Post Falls, Idaho, and listed by Outreach Magazine as one of the fastest-growing churches in America. Jim's passion is discipleship through small groups. With his background in sports, he believes in the value of strong coaching to win and teach disciples for God.
By donald macdonald 23 Nov 2010
This is a book that is subtitled ?building churches that make disciples? for a good reason. Supported by real-life examples that many will identify with and effective and practical strategies and tools to engage people in the church to find their best role, it is a valuable book in reflecting on what we do in churches at the moment, what we could do and what we must do to spread the Gospel.
It is impossible to contain current thinking about encouraging gifted leaders or building and strengthening churches within around 200 pages. So what this book does well is outlining in three parts, a mission to identify leaders or disciples, a process to equip disciples and supporting these leaders in their evangelical work. It is practical, Biblically warranted and is well illustrated with experiences the author has had and has had passed to him.
In terms of evangelism, any message and method must highlight the holiness of God. It is the prescribed way, the biblical way that pleases and honours God and brings blessing on our efforts. This is a book which supports these criteria and supports the true meaning of ?church? and the true meaning of ?disciple?, piety and godliness in a very practical sense.
I liked this book because of the emphasis it gave to a practical and involved faith. Many books look at the conceptual stages of spiritual growth and seem detached from where churches find themselves. But this is a practical manual and alongside an accompanying training resource is immersed in what people can do and contribute at different stages of their spiritual journey. The examples used in the book are excellent and it is refreshing to see different age groups used throughout the book to illustrate points.
This is a book that increases understanding and is a book that I will return to again. It sets its process out well, takes its warrant from very well selected biblical texts and is an excellent resource for leaders looking to identify others to strengthen and grow their churches ? whether in spiritual growth in the membership or by helping people lead others to a saving knowledge.
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Is your church membership dwindling? Are you growing only at the expense of a smaller church? It's time to reexamine your methods of discipleship. But how do you effectively disciple an entire body? It's not about making converts. The responsibility falls to every believer in your fellowship to create intentional followers of Christ, who in turn create other intentional followers. The secret is in your small groups. Discover a new vision for what the church can be by challenging how you create disciples. Also available from NavPress: Real-Life Discipleship Training Manual.