For far too long, the church has tried to make disciples using a one-size-fits-all approach. Some churches advocate 1-on-1 discipling, others try getting everyone into a small group, while still others training through mission trips or service projects. Yet others focus all their efforts on attracting people to a large group gathering to hear biblical teaching and preaching. But does one size really fit everyone?
Based on careful biblical study and years of experience making disciples in the local church, Bobby Harrington and Alex Absalom have identified five key relationships where discipleship happens in our lives. In each relational context we need to understand how discipleship occurs and we need to set appropriate expectations for each context.
Discipleship That Fits shows you the five key ways discipleship occurs. It looks at how Jesus made disciples and how disciples were formed in the early church. Each of the contexts is necessary at different times and in different ways as a person grows toward maturity in Christ.
About the author
Alex Absalom is above all, a practitioner on following Jesus into the mission field. His great passion is to see people become disciples of Jesus, and churches become communities that GO and transform their culture! Based at Grace Church in Long Beach CA, he serves on the senior team as Leader of Missional Innovation, while also leading Dandelion Resourcing (www.dandelionresourcing.com), which equips leaders, churches and denominations in developing disciple-making cultures. Together with Hannah and their three teenage sons, Alex is a missionary to the USA from England. This means that he speaks with a funny accent, drinks his tea hot, and loves football of the round ball variety!
Bobby Harrington is a lead pastor, author of over 10 books on discipleship (including co-writing the books books, DiscipleShift and the Disciple Makers Handbook), a trainer of other leaders and a coach of disciple makers. He is a co-founder of Renew and serves as the executive director. He completed graduate work at Harding University, the University of Calgary, Princeton, and other places before finishing his Doctor of Ministry at Southern Seminary. He lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife and near his two children and two grandchildren.