Disciples Who Make Disciples
Continuing the story begun in their book One Of, this new release describes how RiverTree Church in northern Ohio is building a culture that combines disciple making with mission. Greg Nettle and Alex Absalom describe the practical steps the church has taken to begin the shift from merely reaching people to making disciples who in turn are equipped to go and make more disciples.
Disciples Who Make Disciples covers what it means to define discipleship in a biblical, simple yet challenging way (What is Jesus saying to you and what are you doing in response?); moving from educating to modeling, particularly through “balancing REI” (relationships, experiences, and information) and keeping the Bible at the center of discipleship by showing people how to understand Scripture in the details of their own lives, rather than relying on others to do it for them; and developing clear language and practices that help communicate the shift from programs to discipleship as our primary purpose, specifically:
- How RiverTree has developed Napkin Discipleship to build a common vocabulary of discipleship.
- How the church has learned from other churches as RiverTree has identified core practices of discipleship.
Other topics include implementing and developing leadership huddles as part of the wider realignment from an activity-based to a relationship-based paradigm and allowing this dynamic discipleship model to move the church’s key metric from accumulating people to deploying disciples, detailing how this measure of success impacts staff, missional communities, and the church as a whole.
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