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Only a Disciple Can Make Disciples: 3 Keys to Encouraging Discipleship

John Gilman March 12, 2018

Discipleship is an integral part of the spiritual growth and development of a believer. Once an individual comes to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, the next step is discipleship. What that looks like, however, can be very different for each person. Much of our responsibility as church leaders is to create opportunities and environments… Continue Reading »


Principles of Church Growth: Commitment to Prayer

Rachel Ankers February 16, 2018

Church leaders everywhere are called by God through the Scriptures to build and expand the church, making disciples in every nation, people, tribe and tongue.  It is a huge task that no single pastor or church leader can do alone, and certainly not without God’s guidance and constant prayer. There is a wide variety of… Continue Reading »


Making Disciples 101: Understanding the Disciple-Making Process

Jennifer Byrd December 21, 2017

“Therefore, go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” –Matthew 28:19 The Great Commission.  Jesus’ ultimate instruction to his followers – those living 2,000 years ago, and those living today in the 21st century.  Go… Continue Reading »


Impact your Entire Congregation with VBS

Jennifer Byrd July 11, 2017

For many congregations, July means Vacation Bible School. Most VBS schedules include music, snacks, activities and crafts themed around a certain Bible story, passage or character. Many churches include a missions component. They will introduce the children to a missionary or organization that meets a need in the name of Christ. During VBS, you have… Continue Reading »


Cultivating a Well-Rounded Ministry

John Gilman May 4, 2017

Piloting a helicopter demands one’s complete attention to control the madness of the multiple parts of the machine. Pilots lean on 3 dimensional thinking to navigate the constant roll, pitch and yaw and move in the desired direction. It reminds me of the skills needed to operating a successful church. Cultivating a well rounded ministry… Continue Reading »


Small Groups: Pruning for New Growth

Meredith Mahon Morris February 27, 2017

I recently had the opportunity to tour a botanical garden. I enjoyed the beauty of the blooming flowers but also learned so much about the different trees and bushes along the way. As we passed a young pine tree our guide explained that this tree in particular had been through a pruning process called candling…. Continue Reading »


Ministry Impact Story: Worthington Christian Church

Meredith Mahon Morris February 15, 2017

Worthington Christian Church, located outside of Columbus, OH, is on a mission to fulfill the Great Commission: to make disciples, so that they can then go out into the world to make disciples, as Christ commanded. Since their beginnings over 40 years ago, the church has been dedicated to fulfilling their vision: “To make and… Continue Reading »


Connecting through Common Interests: Debunking Small Group Fears

Meredith Mahon Morris October 21, 2016

Over the past 20 years, many churches have transitioned their discipleship approach from Sunday School to small groups. Many people imagine a small group as a very awkward attempt at forced spiritual intimacy among a group of relative strangers. Discipleship directors have experienced skepticism and even received direct opposition to this change. The struggles have… Continue Reading »


The Importance of Having a Discipleship Plan

Jennifer Byrd September 15, 2016

Discipleship doesn’t just happen. It only occurs in churches that are intentional and have a plan to execute it properly for all attendees. What is lacking today in many churches is true discipleship.  A plan is vital to growing, but more importantly to take people to a deeper level in their relationship with God. Our… Continue Reading »

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