The Disciple Maker‘s Podcast

The Disciple Makers Podcast exists to tell stories about disciples of Jesus who make disciples. Discipleship.org, who sponsors the podcast, exists to Champion Jesus‘ way of disciple making. Episodes are published in thematic seasons. To learn more, visit www.discipleship.org or email us at info@discipleship.org.

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Episodes

4 days ago

Renee Sproles (renew.org) talks about what it means to be a man and what it means to be a woman according to principles we find in God’s word. This episode challenges the view that gender roles are secondary issues, arguing they have significant consequences. Through analogies of government, education, and church choice, Renee Sproles illustrates the impact of these roles on society. She  argues that gender roles are designed by God and have profound implications for individual behavior, family dynamics, and societal health. She advocates for a complementarian view, suggesting that men and women have distinct, complementary roles that contribute to marital happiness, effective parenting, and societal stability. It is a good thing to live in accordance with one's God-given gender identity.
Visit our website discipleship.org for blogs, videos, and free resources to fuel disciple making. 
Click this link for the Digital Access Pass: https://discipleship.org/shop/2024-forum-digital-access-pass/?mc_cid=2b27e8013a&mc_eid=a00a4f11e7 
Key Takeaways 
00:00 Exploring Gender Roles in Religious Contexts
01:19 The Importance of Understanding Gender
05:39 Applying Biblical Evidence to Gender Roles
27:02 Sociological Insights on Masculinity and Family Dynamics
34:25 Embracing True Masculinity and Femininity

6 days ago

This final track session from SmallCircle focuses on utilizing the small circle mobile app for disciple making. This free app really helps with one-to-one engagement based on Jesus's methods. Highlighting the app's features, including customizable modules for spiritual growth, offline functionality for global accessibility, and a unique disciple tracking system, this episode aims to equip users for meaningful disciple making by leveraging technology. Additionally, Steve addresses the importance of personalization in spiritual guidance.
Visit our website discipleship.org for blogs, videos, and free resources to fuel disciple making. 
Click this link for the Digital Access Pass: https://discipleship.org/shop/2024-forum-digital-access-pass/?mc_cid=2b27e8013a&mc_eid=a00a4f11e7 
Key Takeaways 
00:00 Introduction to the Final Session of SmallCircle
00:18 Understanding SmallCircle's Approach to Discipleship
02:55 Exploring the Mobile App: A Comprehensive Guide
04:30 Navigating the SmallCircle Web App and Its Features
05:03 The Power of Personalized Discipleship Through the App
28:51 Exploring Mix: A Companion Tool for Discipleship
32:34 Closing Thoughts and Prayer
Check out these Free Ebooks: 
Disciple Making Culture 10 Minute E-Book 
Disciple Shift Ebook
Discipleship That Fits Ebook
Disciple Making Culture Visual Guide
Interested in Audio books? Here are a couple of great options:
Audio Book Becoming a Disciple Maker
Audio Book National Study on Disciple Making

Wednesday May 08, 2024

For more information about Small Circle, visit their website: https://www.smallcircle.com/
This episode dives into innovative and effective strategies for discipleship, with a strong emphasis on the practice of creating deeply personal and transformative relationships within various group sizes, inspired by the model of Jesus. The "circles" Steve talks about represent different levels of fellowship and teaching, from large worship services to intimate one-to-one mentorships. Customized content and relational depth at each level is super important. These activities aim to personalize and deepen the understanding and practice of biblical principles, culminating in the ultimate goal of disciples making disciples. We need to use personal stories, experiential learning, and creative engagement methods to facilitate deep, lasting spiritual growth and prepare disciples for effective ministry and multiplication.
Visit our website discipleship.org for blogs, videos, and free resources to fuel disciple making. 
Click this link for the Digital Access Pass: https://discipleship.org/shop/2024-forum-digital-access-pass/?mc_cid=2b27e8013a&mc_eid=a00a4f11e7 
Key Takeaways 
00:00 Welcome and Introduction to Discipleship
00:31 Exploring the Circles of Discipleship: Crowds, Groups, and One-to-One
01:58 The Distinctive Relationships and Content in Discipleship
02:14 Deep Dive into One-to-One Discipleship Dynamics
05:38 Strategies for Effective Discipleship and Multiplication
07:51 Addressing Challenges and Questions in Discipleship
15:03 Leveraging Information for Transformation in Discipleship
17:05 The Experience Age: Enhancing Discipleship with Experiential Learning
25:25 Breaking Down Barriers and Building Trust in Discipleship
27:07 The Power of Relational Discipleship
27:30 Introducing Discipleship Labs: A New Approach
29:03 Personalizing Discipleship Through Unique Experiences
31:49 Deep Dive into Personal Stories: The Impact of Discipleship
34:52 Expanding the Discipleship Experience with Mobile Apps
37:03 Creative Labs and Their Impact Across Cultures
37:52 The Unforgettable Lab: Letters of Unconditional Love
43:12 The Essence of Personalized Disciple Making
46:30 Closing Thoughts and Prayer
Check out these Free Ebooks: 
Disciple Making Culture 10 Minute E-Book 
Disciple Shift Ebook
Discipleship That Fits Ebook
Disciple Making Culture Visual Guide
Interested in Audio books? Here are a couple of great options:
Audio Book Becoming a Disciple Maker
Audio Book National Study on Disciple Making

Monday May 06, 2024

This is the Q&A session from Rob Sweet and Rob Rogers, so if you haven’t listened to the previous two episodes, please skip back and do that before going any further. The Robs talk with Bobby Harrington about their collective focus on leading people to faith in Jesus and fostering lifelong discipleship within their churches. 
Visit our website discipleship.org for blogs, videos, and free resources to fuel disciple making. 
Key Takeaways 
00:00 Opening Remarks and the Importance of Unity in Faith
00:53 Introductions and Initial Reactions
01:14 Discussing Misconceptions and Clarity in Ministry
02:03 The Challenge of Maintaining Mission Focus in Churches
07:23 The Pain and Reward of Making Hard Choices for Clarity
12:46 Exploring the Concept of Attractional Church and Its Challenges
18:01 The Role of Discipleship and Relationship in Church Growth
25:47 Closing Thoughts and Gratitude
 
Check out these Free Ebooks: 
Disciple Making Culture 10 Minute E-Book 
Disciple Shift Ebook
Discipleship That Fits Ebook
Disciple Making Culture Visual Guide
Interested in Audio books? Here are a couple of great options:
Audio Book Becoming a Disciple Maker
Audio Book National Study on Disciple Making

Wednesday May 01, 2024

Rob Rogers shares his personal journey from addiction to pastoral ministry, highlighting the shift his church, Grace Chapel, made from a management-focused to a discipleship-centered approach.
Last day – Forum begins at 11AM – Registration for our upcoming event –  National Disciple Making Forum (Disciple Making Culture).
Key Takeaways 
00:00 Meet Rob Rogers: From Addiction to Ministry
01:13 The Shift from Managing Ministry to Cultivating Discipleship
03:04 Evaluating Outcomes: The Real Fruit of Ministry
07:10 Clarifying Vision and Culture for Effective Discipleship
12:49 Adjusting Systems for Sustainable Disciple Making
14:50 Implementing Core Values: Humble, Healthy, Hungry
19:15 Feedback and Accountability: The Path to Growth
 
Check out these Free Ebooks: 
Disciple Making Culture 10 Minute E-Book 
Disciple Shift Ebook
Discipleship That Fits Ebook
Disciple Making Culture Visual Guide
Interested in Audio books? Here are a couple of great options:
Audio Book Becoming a Disciple Maker
Audio Book National Study on Disciple Making
 
Visit our website discipleship.org for blogs, videos, and free resources to fuel disciple making. 

Monday Apr 29, 2024

Today's episode features lead pastor Rob Sweet from Fellowship Bible Church here in the Franklin, TN area. Since 2014, Rob has guided the church to reevaluate its mission statement to emphasize discipleship explicitly. They now prioritize becoming a community that follows Jesus wholeheartedly and assist others in doing the same.
Registration for our upcoming event –  National Disciple Making Forum (Disciple Making Culture).
Key Takeaways 
00:00 Opening Remarks: The Joy of Helping People Follow Jesus
00:42 The Journey of Fellowship Bible Church Towards Disciple Making
01:27 Redefining the Mission: Emphasizing Discipleship
03:25 The Challenge of Defining What It Means to Follow Jesus
04:45 Introducing Concrete Practices to Follow Jesus
08:09 Criteria for Selecting Core Practices of Following Jesus
09:22 Unveiling the Four Core Practices of a Follower of Jesus
14:37 The Impact of Implementing the Four Practices
 
Check out these Free Ebooks: 
Disciple Making Culture 10 Minute E-Book 
Disciple Shift Ebook
Discipleship That Fits Ebook
Disciple Making Culture Visual Guide
Interested in Audio books? Here are a couple of great options:
Audio Book Becoming a Disciple Maker
Audio Book National Study on Disciple Making
 
Visit our website discipleship.org for blogs, videos, and free resources to fuel disciple making. 

Wednesday Apr 24, 2024

In this episode, Chris from Betterman.com emphasizes the need for a clear path and purpose in the journey towards spiritual maturity when discipling men. He outlines a multifaceted approach that includes the Spirit of the Word, Spirit of the Body, Spirit of the Mind, and the Spirit of Service. The ultimate goal is to guide men to become like Christ, serving as gifts to their communities rather than burdens.
Registration for our upcoming event –  National Disciple Making Forum (Disciple Making Culture).
For more information about BetterMan check out their website: https://betterman.com/
Key Takeaways 
00:00 Introduction to Discipleship and the Path to Follow
00:30 The Shift in Discipleship Strategies and the Importance of a Structured Approach
01:19 Core Elements of Discipling Men: Spirit of the Word, Body, Mind, and Service
02:51 Understanding Gender Differences in Learning and Communication
05:49 Addressing the Delay in Maturation Among Men and Its Societal Impacts
08:55 Navigating Relational, Psychological, and Theological Changes in Discipleship
14:53 Theological Guidance and Encouraging Critical Thinking
24:04 Sociological Change: Inviting Men into a Larger Story
26:38 The Importance of Preaching the Full Gospel
27:09 A Cautionary Tale from Pastoral Experience
28:13 Challenging Easy Believism with Genuine Faith
28:49 The Three Essential Elements of Belief According to R.C. Sproul
30:00 John Piper's Addition to the Faith Discussion
30:58 The Parable of The Room: Desires vs. Reality
32:14 The Central Question of Discipleship: What Do You Desire?
33:06 Understanding Salvation and Fighting Sin
33:46 The Misconception of Living However You Want After Salvation
34:03 The Journey Towards Holiness and Patience in Discipleship
36:51 Addressing the Challenges of Modern Manhood
44:47 Discipleship as a Path to True Manhood
 
Check out these Free Ebooks: 
Disciple Making Culture 10 Minute E-Book 
Disciple Shift Ebook
Discipleship That Fits Ebook
Disciple Making Culture Visual Guide
Interested in Audio books? Here are a couple of great options:
Audio Book Becoming a Disciple Maker
Audio Book National Study on Disciple Making
 
Visit our website discipleship.org for blogs, videos, and free resources to fuel disciple making.

Monday Apr 22, 2024

Chris Harper dives into the theological concept Jesus as a prophet, a priest, and a king. These roles are mirrored in the responsibilities of fatherhood and leadership within a Christian family, and this episode is really about helping Christian fathers to reflect Christ in the family. Dads need to be leading but from a place of love, giving encouragement along with spiritual guidance, and the stewardship of the family's emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. Men have a unique responsibility in the home to foster an environment that nurtures faith and aligns with Christian values.
Registration for our upcoming event –  National Disciple Making Forum (Disciple Making Culture).
For more information about BetterMan check out their website: https://betterman.com/
Key Takeaways 
00:00 Introduction to Discipleship and the Path to Follow
00:30 The Shift in Discipleship Strategies and the Importance of a Structured Approach
01:19 Core Elements of Discipling Men: Spirit of the Word, Body, Mind, and Service
02:51 Understanding Gender Differences in Learning and Communication
05:49 Addressing the Delay in Maturation Among Men and Its Societal Impacts
08:55 Navigating Relational, Psychological, and Theological Changes in Discipleship
14:53 Theological Guidance and Encouraging Critical Thinking
24:04 Sociological Change: Inviting Men into a Larger Story
26:38 The Importance of Preaching the Full Gospel
27:09 A Cautionary Tale from Pastoral Experience
28:13 Challenging Easy Believism with Genuine Faith
28:49 The Three Essential Elements of Belief According to R.C. Sproul
30:00 John Piper's Addition to the Faith Discussion
30:58 The Parable of The Room: Desires vs. Reality
32:14 The Central Question of Discipleship: What Do You Desire?
33:06 Understanding Salvation and Fighting Sin
33:46 The Misconception of Living However You Want After Salvation
34:03 The Journey Towards Holiness and Patience in Discipleship
36:51 Addressing the Challenges of Modern Manhood
44:47 Discipleship as a Path to True Manhood
 
Check out these Free Ebooks: 
Disciple Making Culture 10 Minute E-Book 
Disciple Shift Ebook
Discipleship That Fits Ebook
Disciple Making Culture Visual Guide
Interested in Audio books? Here are a couple of great options:
Audio Book Becoming a Disciple Maker
Audio Book National Study on Disciple Making
 
Visit our website discipleship.org for blogs, videos, and free resources to fuel disciple making.

Wednesday Apr 17, 2024

Today’s episode features Chris Harper going through Betterman’s second track session at the most recent Nashville City Tour and he’s taking us through the concepts of male leadership, courage, and the importance of embodying what he calls an 'ethos of courage' in modern society. There seems to be a real lack of male courage and leadership in today’s world and today Chris is advocating for a positive reframing as 'victors'. He gives us personal anecdotes and introduces four key questions aimed at encouraging men to reflect on their unique contributions and responsibilities in their homes, churches, and communities.
Registration for our upcoming event –  National Disciple Making Forum (Disciple Making Culture).
For more information about BetterMan check out their website: https://betterman.com/
Key Takeaways 
00:00 Diving Into the Night's Discussion: Courage and Masculinity
00:06 Exploring Ethos of Courage Through Personal and Cultural References
01:35 Introducing the Harper Family Creed and Its Impact
02:55 The Four Questions to Shape a Better World
03:14 Breaking Down the First Question: What's Missing?
10:43 Addressing the Second Question: What's Broken?
13:19 Confronting Evil: The Third Question
23:10 Promoting Good in a Broken World: The Fourth Question
23:36 The Lego Lesson: Finding Joy in the Small Moments
24:31 Celebrating Others: A Lesson from the Basketball Bench
26:09 Promoting Good in Every Situation
26:58 Historical Lessons: The Courage of Sparta
28:24 Building the Wall: A Call to Men
30:44 The Role of Men in Church and Family
32:20 Navigating Modern Media: The Impact on Attention and Faith
32:19 Discipling the Next Generation: The Importance of Family and Faith
32:19 Closing Thoughts and Prayer
 
Check out these Free Ebooks: 
Disciple Making Culture 10 Minute E-Book 
Disciple Shift Ebook
Discipleship That Fits Ebook
Disciple Making Culture Visual Guide
Interested in Audio books? Here are a couple of great options:
Audio Book Becoming a Disciple Maker
Audio Book National Sutdy on Disciple Making

Monday Apr 15, 2024

We’re jumping into Betterman’s first track session from the recent Nashville City Tour, and we’ve got Chris Harper talking about Men, Manhood, and Faith. Chris tells us about the importance of journeying back to God's original design for manhood and masculinity. In case you haven’t noticed, our culture has time and time again tried to confuse men about what masculinity should look like. These culture changes have influenced the role of men within both family and the church. And as followers of Jesus, we need to return to Scripture to dictate what a REAL man is. Today Chris is going to give you some actionable steps to better engage and support men in their spiritual journeys, through the lens of worship, discipleship, and the significance of encouraging men within the church community.
Registration for our upcoming event –  National Disciple Making Forum (Disciple Making Culture).
For more information about BetterMan check out their website: https://betterman.com/
Key Takeaways 
00:00 Diving Deep into Manhood and Masculinity
06:04 Addressing the Crisis of Modern Manhood
12:32 Unveiling the Four Types of Men in Today's Society
26:50 The Quest for Spirit-Initiated Men
30:04 Laying the Foundation for Transformation
32:33 The Power of Podcasts and the Importance of Reading the Bible
33:35 Understanding Biblical Schizophrenia: A Multi-Faceted Approach to Scripture
36:20 The Crisis of Male Loneliness and the Search for Community
38:02 Building Meaningful Male Friendships: Strategies and Insights
41:40 Encouraging Men in the Church: A Call to Action
44:55 Addressing the Cultural Shift and Reclaiming Masculinity in the Church
44:55 Navigating the Complexities of Manhood and Spiritual Warfare
44:55 Leveraging Technology and Community for Men's Ministry
44:55 Closing Thoughts and Personal Connections
 
Check out these Free Ebooks: 
Disciple Making Culture 10 Minute E-Book 
Disciple Shift Ebook
Discipleship That Fits Ebook
Disciple Making Culture Visual Guide
Interested in Audio books? Here are a couple of great options:
 
Audio Book Becoming a Disciple Maker
Audio Book National Sutdy on Disciple Making
 
Join us at our National Forum this May on Disciple Making Culture

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New Resource on Disciple Making Culture!

A disciple making church culture is what your church actually does in disciple making; strategy is your plans on paper. Unfortunately, while we have good intentions to make disciples, our strategy and church culture do not always line up. 

Read this 10 minute book – a visual summary – and share it with your leaders so everyone can better understand what it means to have a disciple making culture.

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Watch the recordings from our most Recent National Disciple Making Forum

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”

The Harvard Business Review describes it this way: “The values, beliefs and behaviors practiced in an organization formed over time because they are rewarded or punished (i.e. by formal or informal rules, rituals, and behaviors.”

The McKinsey Institute put it more simply: “culture is how we do things around here …”

That statement, often attributed to the most influential management guru of our time, Peter Drucker. What Drucker meant by “culture eats strategy for breakfast” was that lasting change in an organization comes only when the culture of an organization changes. Applying this to church, if you do not change the culture of a church, the church will not change.

Many leaders fail to account for this reality.

This gets at the root of why our disciple making plans can so easily fail. We try great strategies—preaching on disciple making, small groups, D-Groups, etc. But our churches will not change—indeed cannot change—because “culture” easily defeats the strategies we adopt.

 

Listen to conversations from these individduals Shodankeh, Jason Shepperd,Sean McDowell and others as we dive into this vital conversation at the Discipleship.org 2024 National Disciple Making Forum.

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Dive Deeper with more Disciple Making Culture Resources:

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