For more than 30 years, church leaders in America have searched for different models for reaching unchurched people. From "attractional" models to "missional" models to "gospel-centered" models, each has strengths and weaknesses. While all of these approaches have merit, something is still missing, something fundamental to the mission of the church: discipleship.
Making disciples is the church's God-given mandate, but too often our churches fall short of their mission. We fill our pews but fail to create committed disciples. Discipleshift walks you through five key "shifts" that your church must make to refocus on the biblical mission of discipleship. These changes will attract the world and empower your church members to be salt and light in their communities.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 224 Vendor: Zondervan Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 7.10 X 4.70 X 1.00 (inches) ISBN: 0310492629 ISBN-13: 9780310492627 Availability: In Stock
In DiscipleShift, Jim Putman, Bobby Harrington, and Robert Coleman walk readers through five key shifts that any church can and must make to refocus on the biblical mission of making disciples. When church leaders consciously make discipleship their churchs core mission, they attract the unchurched by empowering believers to become salt and light in their communities.
Jim Putman is the founder and senior pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho. Real Life was launched with a commitment to discipleship and the model of discipleship Jesus practiced, which is called, Relational Discipleship. Outreach Magazine continually lists Real Life Ministries among the top one hundred most influential churches in America. Jim is also the founding leader of the Relational Discipleship Network. Jim holds degrees from Boise State University and Boise Bible College. He is the author of three books: Church is a Team Sport, Real Life Discipleship, and Real Life Discipleship Workbook (with Avery Willis and others). Jims passion is discipleship through small groups. He lives with his wife and three sons in scenic northern Idaho.
Bobby Harrington is the co-founder of discipleship.org and the lead pastor of Harpeth Community Church. He is the chairman of the board for the Relational Discipleship Network and the co-author of DiscipleShift and author of To Trust and Follow Jesus: Relational Discipleship as the Core Mission of the Church. He has been married to Cindy for over 34 years and they have discipled Ashley and Chad who are adults who trust and follow Jesus
Dr. Robert Coleman is the Distinguished Senior Professor of Discipleship and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell seminary and a prolific author, having written hundreds of articles and twenty-one books, including The Master Plan of Evangelism, which has sold multiple million copies and is the book for which he is best known. He directed the School of World Mission and Evangelism at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for eighteen years and currently serves on the Mission America Facilitation Committee and several international mission boards and is the president of Christian Outreach. From 1989-2001, he led the Institute of Evangelism in the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College and served as Dean of the Billy Graham International Schools of Evangelism. He is also a founding member of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelism and a past president of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education. His personal interests include spending time with his family, including his children and grandchildren, and keeping in touch with those he has discipled.