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The Disciple Makers Handbook

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Disciples Making Disciples, discipleship, Jesus' Message, Jesus' Method, Jesus' Model, Relational Discipleship, Reproducible Disciple Making Process, Resources, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Disciple Makers Handbook

Bobby Harrington is a founding member of the Relational Discipleship Network and the chairman of our board. He is passionate about our network and what we do. He calls our network his home, the place that reflects his personal beliefs and those of his home church, Harpeth Christian Church. We are pleased to announce the release of the book, The Disciple Maker’s Handbook which Bobby wrote with his preaching partner, Josh Patrick. This book is a manifesto of the disciple making movement envisioned by RDN and Discipleship.org, our partner...

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Relationships With Others Plays A Vital Role In Spiritual Maturity

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Disciples Making Disciples, discipleship, Jesus' Method, Jesus' Model, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Relationships With Others Plays A Vital Role In Spiritual Maturity

Relationships With Others Plays A Vital Role In Spiritual Maturity Why does God tell us through His Word that we must be in relationships? Well, because God made us relational beings and He knows we need relationships to thrive. In other words, spiritual relationships as God designs and empowers them are a vital part of the recipe for abundant life The New Testament metaphor of baptism is a picture of new birth (being born again) into the Christian family, the church. In Christ we are now adopted into the household of God, and even more, we...

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Discover The Christian Life You’ve Been Missing – New Workbook By Jim Putman (Download Free Sample)

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Disciples Making Disciples, Discipleshift, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, Relational, Relational Discipleship, Resources, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Discover The Christian Life You’ve Been Missing – New Workbook By Jim Putman  (Download Free Sample)

We are excited to share that the long awaited companion workbook to Jim Putman’s The Power Of Together will be coming out February 14th, 2017! The mark of a spiritually mature believer is engaging with others in meaningful relationships. In this easy-to-use, interactive workbook, you’ll discover the critical importance of “doing life” in close fellowship with other believers. This nine-week study shows you: What discipleship really means How love is a mark of Spiritual Maturity What kills healthy relationships How to...

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Transformed Lives Can Transform Churches – Just Ask These Leaders!

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Disciples Making Disciples, DiscipleShift 1, DS1, Intentional Leadership, Leadership, Leadership Training, Relational Discipleship, Reproducible Disciple Making Process, Training, Uncategorized, Video | 0 comments

Transformed Lives Can Transform Churches – Just Ask These Leaders!

Wouldn’t you love a chance to sit down with a leader of a dynamic, growing, disciple making church and ask them some questions about how they got there? Every month our DiscipleShift 1 attendee’s get to do just that! In the video below,  a panel of leaders from disciple making churches across the country take to the stage at DiscipleShift 1 training in Little Rock, Arkansas to answer questions about disciple making and church leadership. Some of the questions addressed are: How do I integrate small groups into a traditional church...

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Two Things A Disciple Of Jesus Cannot Be Without

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Disciples Making Disciples, Discipleshift, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, DS1, Intentional Leadership, Jesus' Message, Jesus' Method, Jesus' Model, Leadership, Relational, Relational Discipleship, Relational Environment, Reproducible Disciple Making Process, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Two Things A Disciple Of Jesus Cannot Be Without

With the incredible advances in technology over the last few years,  we now have a myriad of ways for people to stay connected. Phone call, text message, email, facebook message – it seems that we know more about the details of each others lives than we ever have before. We share what we had for lunch and what we are reading, we share our opinions and thoughts about movies, candidates and elections. Surprisingly, although we are technically more ‘connected’ with each other than any other time in history, we are still a...

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From Discipled To Disciple Maker – A Story Of Relational Discipleship

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

From Discipled To Disciple Maker – A Story Of Relational Discipleship

From Discipled To Disciple Maker Awaken Church shares the story of what can happen when a lost and lonely man comes into contact with a church whose people model Jesus’ method of discipleship. “My life was a wreck – I would describe myself as: an adulterer, a thief, and incredibly lonely. At that time I thought of God as a dictator – someone who wanted to control my life. I always viewed Christian’s as being really weak in their need for more…” (Listen the rest in the video below) Awaken Church in...

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Are You Looking For A New Staff Member For Your Church? This Is Where You Should Start.

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Alignment, Disciples Making Disciples, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, Intentional Leadership, Jesus' Method, Jesus' Model, Leadership, Relational Discipleship, Reproducible Disciple Making Process, Uncategorized, Video | 0 comments

Are You Looking For A New Staff Member For Your Church? This Is Where You Should  Start.

One of the questions the leaders at Real Life Ministries get asked often is “Where do you find your staff?”. The answer is that most of them are raised up from volunteers within our congregation. This is generally not the reply they expect! People assume that with a 90 person staff serving a congregation with  5-6 thousand people in weekend attendance, we must have a nationwide recruiting plan to find the skills and abilities we are looking for. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Through trial and error, Real Life...

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How You Can Preach Effective Sermons In Less Time – Why Every Pastor Needs A Sermon Team

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Alignment, Church Planting, Reproducible Disciple Making Process, Resources, Sermon, Sunday Morning, Training, Uncategorized, Video | 0 comments

How You Can Preach Effective Sermons In Less Time – Why Every Pastor Needs A Sermon Team

Click To Download PDF Of This Post 10 Reasons Every Senior Pastor Needs A Sermon Team Do you find you are putting several hours of your week into developing your weekly sermon? Do you ever wonder if that is the most effective use of your time? Jim Putman, Senior Pastor of Real Life Ministries – the largest church in North Idaho – shares his method for creating effective sermons that hit the target of what his congregation needs the most. For the past several years, Pastor Putman has used what he calls a ‘Sermon Team’....

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Your Small Group Needs These Three Elements To Deepen The Spiritual Maturity Of Your People

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Disciples Making Disciples, Discipleshift, discipleship, Relational Discipleship, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Your Small Group Needs These Three Elements To Deepen The Spiritual Maturity Of Your People

There are three necessary components to the Disciple Making Process that work together to bring about spiritual maturity in people’s lives. 1. The Word of God Without the Word of God, a small group would be nothing more than a social gathering. There is nothing wrong with a social gathering, but they can’t be used to develop a disciple making church. We have seen small groups that focus on ‘hot topics’ or ‘important life lessons’. Some of the lessons are Bible centered, but many are more aligned with...

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5 Key Ideas That Will Help You Do Your Part To Successfully Achieve The Dreams God Has Placed In You

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Intentional Leadership, Leadership, Leadership Training, Uncategorized | 0 comments

5 Key Ideas That Will Help You Do Your Part To Successfully Achieve The Dreams God Has Placed In You

5 Keys To Successfully Managing Your God-Given Dreams The following excerpt was taken from a blog post written by Aaron Couch, the lead coach of Real Life Ministries in Moscow, Idaho – which is one of the RDN’s Mentor Coaching Churches. You can read the full post here –  Aaron’s blog. I often hear from leaders that if someone else did “X” (whatever “X” is), then I would be able to do my stuff. I want to scream at people who make this statement. Not out of anger, but from a deep sadness because they rob themselves of...

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National Disciple Making Forum – Back To Jesus’ Way Of Disciple Making

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

National Disciple Making Forum – Back To Jesus’ Way Of Disciple Making

Discipleship.org will be facilitating this upcoming National Forum on Disciple Making in Nashville on Oct. 6-7, 2016.  The RDN’s Jim Putman and Bobby Harrington, co-authors of DiscipleShift, will both be participating in this event. To find out more about this event or to register online go to Discipleship.org. If you would like to hear more about Jim Putman’s story, go listen to this podcast. Jim Putman’s Story Of Disciple...

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Top Discipleship Questions Leaders Ask –

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Alignment, Disciples Making Disciples, Discipleshift, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, DS1, Intentional Leadership, Jesus' Method, Jesus' Model, Leadership, Leadership Training, Relational Discipleship, Training, Uncategorized, Video | 0 comments

Top Discipleship Questions Leaders Ask –

Every month at  DiscipleShift 1 Training we have a question and answer session with a panel of leaders of Disciple Making Churches. This session is filled with  many common questions regarding discipleship, small groups and staff and leader alignment, just to name a few. In the following video – Jim Putman, Senior Pastor at Real Life Ministries, Luke Yetter, Executive Pastor at Real Life Ministries and Executive Director of the RDN, and Aaron Couch, Lead Coach at Real Life Ministries Moscow – answer several discipleship questions...

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Is Your Team On The Same Page About Discipleship? Better Define IT!

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Alignment, Biblical Foundation, Discipleshift, discipleship, Leadership, Leadership Training, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Is Your Team On The Same Page About Discipleship? Better Define IT!

Is Your Team On The Same Page About Discipleship? Better Define IT! Creating a culture of Discipleship in your church means bringing leaders, teams, and members into alignment towards the same goal. And then constantly beating that drum to keep the vision and mission in the forefront. One of the first and easiest way to muddy the water of a culture is by not having a unified definition of terms. Jim Putman, Luke Yetter and Brandon Guindon with the Relational Discipleship Network address the topic of the definition of a disciple in this video...

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Leaders – Equip and Release

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Disciples Making Disciples, discipleship, Intentional Leadership, Jesus' Model, Leadership, Relational Discipleship, Reproducible Disciple Making Process, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Leaders – Equip and Release

I love March Madness – the time of year when 64 college basketball teams get the opportunity to make a run at the NCAA title. The stories, players, and coaches that emerge are incredible. I can remember watching many of the famous matchups and incredible buzzer beaters that have occurred over my 30 years of following the tournament. Even though I am not a Duke fan, there are very few coaches on the planet I respect more than “Coach K”, Mike Krzyzewski. His leadership on the floor and knowledge of the game is incredible, and yet what I respect...

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2 Essential Components Of Leadership

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Leadership Training, Training, Uncategorized | 0 comments

2 Essential Components Of Leadership

TweetShare If a church wants to grow and reach more people, it will first have to grow in the area of leadership. The truth is a church will only grow to the threshold or capacity that their leadership is capable of loving and leading. When I say leaders, I am not just talking about your church staff. This includes church wide leadership, whether they are on a video production team or a children’s team, or they leading a small group. Whatever setting they may be in, they have a responsibility within that setting as a leader to love and lead...

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Top Leaders Questions About Becoming A Disciple Making Church

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Disciples Making Disciples, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, DS1, Intentional Leadership, Jesus' Model, Leadership Training, Relational Discipleship, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Top Leaders Questions About Becoming A Disciple Making Church

Each month at our DiscipleShift1 training we have a panel of leaders that answer any questions the attendee’s may have about the Relational Discipleship model presented in the training. This leadership panel represents RDN (Relational Discipleship Network) churches from across the country that have had years of experience working with this model. Their backgrounds and knowledge include church planting, leading change in a long established church, moving from a Sunday school model to a small group model, and much more. The following is a...

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BE PREPARED: You cannot stay where you are and go with God

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Discipleshift, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, DS1, Relational Discipleship | 0 comments

BE PREPARED: You cannot stay where you are and go with God

Brandon Guindon, RDN Board Member and Spiritual Formations Pastor at TheMET in Houston Texas, teams up with Matt Roberson, Campus Pastor at TheMET , to preach this sermon on Being Prepared as a disciple maker. If you are on Mission with Jesus, it is impossible to stay where you are. God will continue to grow and change you, and you need to leave margin in your life for that to happen. For information on our DiscipleShift 1 training, please go check out our webpage at: DiscipleShift.org To watch more sermons from TheMET, go check out their...

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The Discipleship Journey

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Disciples Making Disciples, Discipleshift, discipleship, Jesus' Method, Relational Discipleship, Reproducible Disciple Making Process | Comments Off on The Discipleship Journey

The Discipleship Journey

He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ … – Colossians 1:28 There is a traceable (and at times disjointed) growth story from the new birth to spiritual parenthood where the Holy Spirit leads us on a shared, formative journey. When we started to take Jesus seriously as adults we often just assumed that true Christians automatically followed whatever Jesus taught right away. We are not sure where we got that idea? Was it from the Christians that...

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Leading Change in Your Church Without Blowing It Up

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Alignment, Discipleshift, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, DS1, Reproducible Disciple Making Process, Resources | Comments Off on Leading Change in Your Church Without Blowing It Up

Leading Change in Your Church Without Blowing It Up

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Your First Step on The Road to Authentic Discipleship

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Alignment, Discipleshift, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, DS1, Relational Discipleship | Comments Off on Your First Step on The Road to Authentic Discipleship

Your First Step on The Road to Authentic Discipleship

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