Mark Mellinger of The Gospel Coalition interviewed Randy Pope about his approach to intentional disciple-making. Pope’s model is the kind of intensive, intentional ministry that I’ve been sharing with our church and have been imparting to a handful of guy at our church. If you have ten minutes the video is well worth watching.
Randy Pope is the lead teacher at Perimeter Church (Atlanta, GA). His book on discipleship is called Insourcing: Bringing Discipleship Back to the Local Church. Other books on personal disciple-making that are worth your consideration are
- Robert Coleman, The Master Plan of Evangelism. This is the gold standard of disciple-making. To date, its abridged version has sold 3.5 million copies. Coleman is father of the modern “spiritual multiplication” movement. This is the first book you should read on disciple-making.
- A. B. Bruce, The Training of the Twelve. Pre-dating Coleman, this larger volume looks at the life of Jesus with this disciples and picks up a number of the same features as Coleman.
- Christopher Adsit, Personal Discipleship-Making. Christopher is a Campus Crusade for Christ guy who gives a step-by-step approach to leading new believers to maturity in Christ.
- Robby Gallaty, Growing Up. Robby the senior pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He has an infectuous desire to make disciples and to help others make disciples too. His leads Replicate Ministries, a ministry devoted to inspiring and equipping others to help make disciples.
- Finally, Bill Hull has written a number of important works on discipleship. To date, I have not read them, but have heard great things about them. They are Jesus Christ, Disciplemaker; The Disciple-Making Church; and The Disciple-Making Pastor .
Those are the resources, I’d recommend. What about you?
If disciple-making seems foreign or impossible, these resources will help.
May God raise up disciple-making disciples who take seriously the Great Commission and the promise that “Lo, I will be with you . . . as you make disciples . . . till the end of the age!”
Soli Deo Gloria, dss
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