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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.

The Disciple Maker‘s Podcast Discipleship.org

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.6 • 82 Ratings

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.

    Church Discipleship Culture (feat. Ken Adams from Impact Discipleship Ministries)

    Church Discipleship Culture (feat. Ken Adams from Impact Discipleship Ministries)

    “There is a huge difference between a church with discipleship and a disciple making church. A disciple making church, or a church with discipleship, usually sees discipleship as another program that they add on to everything else they're doing. And in disciple making church,  discipleship is a part of it. But disciple making is all we do, not just one thing we do. It's all we do. – Ken Adams”
    In this enlightening podcast, Matt Dabbs from Discipleship.org is joined by Ken Adams of Crossroads Church and Impact Ministries, discussing how the implementation of discipleship in local churches can lead to an impactful and transformative journey, just as Jesus designed 2000 years ago. Adams also shares insights from his 35-year pastoral journey and explains the profound value of maintaining a focus on discipleship. Additionally, he talks about the services offered by Impact Discipleship Ministries to assist churches in developing strategies and implementing discipleship driving growth and fulfilling God's mission.
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    Key Takeaways 
    00:00 Introduction and Background
    01:42 The Importance of Discipleship in Church Growth
    04:21 The Impact of Longevity in Ministry
    05:27 The Power of Discipleship in Church Multiplication
    08:13 The Vision for a Disciple Making Church
    17:50 The Challenges and Successes in Disciple Making
    26:29 The Role of Impact Discipleship Ministries in Church Revitalization
    29:53 Adapting Disciple Making to Different Church Styles
    33:25 The Role of Assessment and Prescription in Disciple Making
    36:22 The Implementation of Disciple Making and the Importance of Follow-up
    37:11 Additional Services Offered for Churches
    38:25 The Role of a Pastor in Disciple Making
    39:49 The Importance of Implementing Disciple Making in Everyday Life
    40:52 The Personal Experiences and Reflections on Disciple Making
     
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    • 42 min
    Creating a Culture of Men Discipling Men (feat. Chris Harper)

    Creating a Culture of Men Discipling Men (feat. Chris Harper)

    Highlight – “80% of all churches in North America have a functioning women’s ministry, less than 7 percent have a functioning men’s ministry.”
    In this interview, Chris Harper of Betterman discusses the concept of 'Discipling Men' in our churches. He highlights the fact that a small group study can be tremendously beneficial for a man, offering opportunities to engage in meaningful conversations about Biblical manhood and masculinity, but also that a lot of guys simply wouldn’t choose this kind of community for themselves or even understand why they need it. Church leadership plays a big role in that. Chris talks about seeing a shift from academic spaces to communal spaces in our churches. We should feel an urgency to encourage multi-generational discipleship to prevent men from leaving the church and to build a stronger church community that can affect societal change.
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    Discipleship in the Modern Church: Empowering Men with Chris Harper
    Key Takeaways 
    00:00 Introduction and Prayer
    05:38 The Four W's: Word, Woman, Work, World
    06:39 The Impact of the Four W's
    11:46 The Role of the Church in Men's Discipleship
    14:59 The Importance of Small Group Discussions
    22:28 The Shift in Church Culture and Its Impact on Men
    28:58 The Media's Negative Portrayal of Men
    29:50 Breaking Stereotypes: Redefining Masculinity
    32:42 The Struggles of Church Leadership
    35:21 The Need for Men's Ministry
    37:34 The Power of Personal Testimony
    39:32 The Urgency of Addressing Men's Issues
    46:56 The Potential for Revival
     
    Check out the Disciple Making Culture 10 Minute E-Book
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    Join us at our National Forum this May on Disciple Making Culture

    • 54 min
    Everyday Disciple Makers (feat. Steve McCoy)

    Everyday Disciple Makers (feat. Steve McCoy)

    Today’s episode is a follow-up conversation between Steve McCoy and Matt Dabbs. They continue their discussion on fostering a culture of discipleship by utilizing everyday people within the church. They wanna help ordinary people like me and you with accessible tools for sharing the Gospel and for making disciples. This episode serves as an encouragement and guide for us individuals listening and also for churches to foster a more intentional approach to disciple-making by utilizing the collective strength of their community.
    Highlight – “If you want to have a disciple making culture within your organization, your ministry, or your church, it is absolutely 100 percent impossible unless everyday people are in the game – Steve McCoy”
    Key Takeaways 
    00:00 Introduction to the Discipleship Talk
    00:14 The Importance of Everyday People in Discipleship
    01:15 The Challenges of Expert Culture in Churches
    02:38 The Role of Discipleship.org in Empowering Everyday People
    06:44 The Impact of Discipleship on Church Culture
    06:47 The Effect of COVID-19 on Church Culture
    14:43 The Importance of Relational Depth in Discipleship
    27:16 The Impact of Discipleship on Church Growth and Leadership Development
    29:14 Conclusion: The Excitement of Discipleship
     
    To Learn more about Small Circle Click HERE
    Check out the National Study on Disciple Making in USA Churches
    Interested in taking an assessment on Disciple Making: Individual Disciple Maker Assessment
     
    Join us at our National Forum this May on Disciple Making Culture

    • 33 min
    One on One Disciple Making (feat. Steve McCoy)

    One on One Disciple Making (feat. Steve McCoy)

    “Fight to have that David, Jonathan, Jesus, John, Paul, Timothy Relationship. An Everyday person can pick up the tools and just move with it, an everyday person can become a disciple maker.” 
    In today's discussion, Matt Dabs talks with Steve McCoy, the founder and lead pastor of the 360 Church in Sarasota, and developer of the Small Circle App. The emphasis is on the importance of personal, one-to-one discipleship, using the methods Jesus exemplified in his ministry. They explore the value of both group settings and individual discipleship, explaining that larger group settings often don't facilitate the deep, transformative conversations that occur in more intimate settings. Steve stresses the importance of intentionality in choosing who to invest in for discipleship, urging listeners to aim to invest in those who will themselves invest in others. 
    To Learn more about Small Circle Click HERE
    Check out the new Disciple Making Culture Visual Guide

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    Key Takeaways 
    00:00 Introduction and Guest Introduction
    02:33 The Unique Relationship Between Jesus and John
    05:53 The Need for Deep, Intimate Relationships in Discipleship
    07:06 The Impact of the Industrial Revolution on Discipleship
    08:57 The Importance of Intentionality in Discipleship
    17:24 How to Get Started with One-on-One Discipleship
    19:01 The Role of Everyday People in Discipleship
    21:00 The Challenges and Rewards of One-on-One Discipleship
    25:23 Closing Thoughts and Future Plans
     
    Join us at our National Forum this May on Disciple Making Culture

    • 29 min
    Jason Shepperd’s Disciple Making Model

    Jason Shepperd’s Disciple Making Model

    Highlight – “Everything Jesus did was Discipleship.” 
    In today’s episode, Jason Shepherd discusses his revolutionary approach to Church Projects, a movement that started in 2010. He emphasizes the importance of distributing pastoral leadership, decentralizing church gatherings, and fostering diverse discipleship communities grounded in shared scripture. He also discusses the function of house churches and how they enrich the church community. Furthermore, he provides practical tips for managing kids within a house church setting and fostering powerful church growth. The discussion is tied together with a focus on aligning all church activities with Biblical teachings, values, and examples.
    Key Takeaways 
    00:00 Introduction and Prayer
    07:09 The Concept of Distributed Pastoral Leadership
    11:28 The Importance of Diverse Discipleship Communities
    14:30 The Balance Between Large Gatherings and House Churches
    19:18 Protecting Sound Doctrine in House Churches
    20:30 The Role of House Church Pastors
    23:56 The Health of House Churches
    27:19 The Structure of House Church Gatherings
    29:17 The Role of Children in House Churches
    33:18 The Benefits of a Separate Sunday Gathering
    36:59 The Church Project Network
     
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    Interested in taking an assessment on Disciple Making: Individual Disciple Maker Assessment
    To learn more about church project visit: https://www.churchproject.org/ 
     
    Join Jason Shepperd at our National Forum this May on Disciple Making Culture

     

    • 43 min
    Discipleship That Fits: The Five Kinds of Relationships God Uses to Help Us Grow (feat. Bobby Harrington)

    Discipleship That Fits: The Five Kinds of Relationships God Uses to Help Us Grow (feat. Bobby Harrington)

    Today we continue the conversation between Bobby Harrington and Matt Dabbs looking into the book "Discipleship that Fits." They discuss the importance of different types of discipleship relationships, such as the divine space, public space, social space, personal space, and transparent space. They also mention the benefits of different church sizes and advocate for prioritizing the divine space and transparent space for leadership development. They discuss how different spaces can be used in various church contexts and how they can troubleshoot problems by understanding the purpose of each space. If you are interested in taking an assessment on your church click HERE.  For access to the book and a free tool check out the links below: 
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    Key Takeaways 
    00:00 Exploring the Concept of Discipleship
    02:59 The Importance of Personal Relationships in Discipleship
    03:18 The Five Discipling Relationships
    06:33 The Role of Church Size in Discipleship
    08:19 The Importance of Personal Relationship with God in Discipleship
    18:00 The Role of Church Leaders in Discipleship
    24:27 Troubleshooting Problems in Discipleship
    28:36 Conclusion and Final Thoughts
     
    Join us at our National Forum this May on Disciple Making Culture

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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82 Ratings

82 Ratings

Bob from Nebraska ,

May God Continue to be Honored!

Very few resources offer the thought provoking training as this podcast. Each speaker provides a wealth of ideas to help the ordinary Christ follower to begin, develop, and sustain a strategy to be a disciple maker who makes disciple makers. The honesty about mistakes made and pitfalls to avoid are worth considering. This podcast is far more than information delivery, but a God glorifying way to recalculate priorities in life.

SwedgyP ,

Great content

There are lots of good stuff on making disciples in this podcast. It can feel like you’re drinking from a fire hose, but a lot of what is said here has both confirmed what I believed how ministry is done while shifting many of the paradigms that I had about ministry. I’m also grateful that much of the content that I’d miss out on from not being able to attend the forums is online. This is for people who want to follow Christ and want to further His Kingdom.

BrentDJr ,

This has changed my spiritual walk

I discovered this podcast and Yahweh has used it to CHANGE my walk & the way I do ministry. The stories & perspectives are EXACTLY what I need right now. Thank you thank you thank you discipleship.org & David(s) for putting this on.

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