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Publication Date: 2013
Over the last thirty years, many influential church leaders and church planters in America have adopted various models for reaching unchurched people. An attractional model will seek to attract people to a local church. Younger leaders may advocate a more missional approach, in which believers live and work among unchurched people and intentionally seek to serve like Christ. While each of these approaches have merit, something is still missing, something even more fundamental to the mission of the church: discipleship.
Making discipleshelping people to trust and follow Jesusis the churchs God-given mandate. Devoted disciples attract people outside the church because of the change others see in their Christ-like lives. And discipleship empowers Christians to be more like Christ as they intentionally develop relationship with non-believers.
DiscipleShift walks you through five key shifts that churches must make to refocus on the biblical mission of discipleship. These intentional changes will attract the world and empower your church members to be 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 founding and lead pastor of Harpeth Christian Church (19 years). He is the chairman of the board for the Relational Discipleship Network and the co-author of DiscipleShift, Dedicated: Training Your Children to Trust and Follow Jesus, and Discipleship that Fits. He has been married to Cindy for over 35 years and they have two adult children who are disciples of 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.
Barnabas Bibles And Books5 Stars Out Of 5From a Christian to a DisciplemakerAugust 30, 2014Barnabas Bibles And BooksQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Discipleshift: Five Steps That Help Your Church to Make Disciples Who Make Disciples by Jim Putman & Bobby Harrington with Robert E. Coleman (Zondervan)
Jim Putman, pastor and founder of Real Life Ministries, and Bobby Harrington, pastor of Harpeth Community Church near Nashville, Tenn., joined with seminary professor Robert Coleman, author of The Master Plan of Evangelism, to offer a comprehensive look at discipleship and disciple-making.
Whether for the entire church, church starters, small groups or one-on-one discipling and disciple-making, this book covers the subject. The book focuses on five basic shiftsfrom reaching to making, from informing to equipping, from program to purpose, from activity to relationship and from accumulating to deploying. Interspersed throughout the book are questions posed to Coleman, along with his answers.
Key points are highlighted at the end of each chapter. The book also includes two key illustrationsthe five stages of discipleship and the four spheres of life.
Whether you are a beginner in the discipling process or an experienced disciple-maker, you absolutely will find this book both helpful and a true blessing.
Skip Holman, minister of discipleship
Northeast Baptist Church
San Antonio, Texas
(Review first published in the Baptist Standard On-line on October 28, 2013.)
Bill GradyWaynesville, NCAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Personal ShiftDecember 14, 2013Bill GradyWaynesville, NCAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Lord is pushing me out of my "Comfort Zone" by moving our Church family toward "Community Group" ministries.
We have never been in a "Small Group" other than Sunday School and that has been where our relationships and spiritual friendships are formed and focused. Unsaved spouses, family members and neighbors are often prayer targets without much personal contact. Being disciples to them to make them disciples who can make disciples brings Jesus' "Great Commission" into clearer focus for me and the need for closer relationships becomes essential.
The book, Discipleshift is a strategic tool for those who are serious about implementing the Great Commission through the Body of Christ today. Discipleshift is a working resource to help move the Biblical principles we study into practical "how to" application where we live and serve.
I finished the book today and I am convinced that it will enable me to be a better and more effective disciple. I will give copies to my friends.
Dr NicholsonCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Shows churches how to grow leaders in ChristNovember 13, 2013Dr NicholsonCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This review, by Dr. Nicholson, has been provided courtesy of Desert Bible Institute (www.desertbibleinstitute.com).
The book Discipleshift by Jim Putman and Bobby Harrington is a well-written, well-organized book that will prove useful not only to the individual who is examining his own life, but also to the pastor who is re-evaluating the vision for his church.
It wasn't until reading this book that I ever thought of the breakdown of Christians into different categories of development. Of course, I realized that different people were at different levels, but I never really broke it down. That's exactly what Discipleshift does: It breaks down these different levels showing the church leader how to address the issues of a person in any given category and how to give that person tools so that they can mature in Christ.
There are many books out there that deal with the fundamental issue of raising up a team and training them and then having those team members start their own teams. I occasionally get irritated with authors that point this out in excruciating detail but never tell you how to raise them up or train them. Books like that tell you to pick good leaders, but rarely tell you how to identify them. They tell you that, as a church vision-caster, they have conversations and meetings as they develop, but they only tell you then end result or success story. Discipleshift fills in a number of those blanks.
The book follows a natural development that helps the reader identify the maturity level of Christians by looking for specific tells or dialogue. Once a person's place is identified the book describes the struggles that person may be facing and how to specifically equip them to better servants of Christ. It then goes through the process of building them up and sending them out to be a leader for others.
Each section of the book has within it with three helpful elements. The first is the "Ask Dr. Coleman" section. Dr. Coleman is a Senior Professor of Discipleship and Evangelism at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He has both his Ph.D. and D.D. and authored one of the seminal evangelical texts "The Master Plan of Evangelism" used in seminaries across the country. Dr. Colman's unique take on each of these chapters puts the information given into a real-life application that will help readers see both the connections between ideas and the immediate applicability of that information. The second element is a simple summary that allows readers to review and identify key points in the text. Lastly, are the "Stories of Effectiveness" which are motivational narratives about people who have had positive results in the areas discussed.
This book is neither clinical nor meant to pump up the reader to try yet another model for church growth. This simply is a book meant to fill in the gaps so that we, as leaders, can have some practical, applicable tools to get our congregants from newborns in Christ, craving spiritual milk, to a leaders that can equip those around them to be true disciples of Christ.
Trent Nicholson, Ph.D., D.Min.
Desert Bible Institute, President
Dr. Nicholson reviews academic, Christian living, and fiction books for a variety of publishers in an array of formats. He is never paid for any of his reviews. He writes these strictly as a courtesy to his students at Desert Bible Institute and for any other readers that might find his insights valuable. For more reviews or information, visit Dr. Nicholson's blog at drtnicholson.wordpress.com.
The book for this review was provided free of charge by Zondervan through NetGalley.com. This book was provided without the expectation or requirement of a positive response. Thank you to both the publisher and NetGalley.com for the opportunity to both read your advanced copy and to provide this unpaid evaluation. All opinions in this review reflect the views of the author and not DBI, NetGalley.com, or the publisher.
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