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Joining God In The Journey

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Biblical Foundation, Disciples Making Disciples, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, DS1, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Joining God In The Journey

“Without the presence of God in the conversation, no discipleship process will work.” John 5:19 English Standard Version (ESV) So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. This is not a new idea. But it may need a new application. Making disciples is a life long pursuit for me and for many of us who work in vocational ministry. I often find myself in conversations about disciple making...

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The Invitation Is In The Definition

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Biblical Foundation, Disciples Making Disciples, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, Intentional Leadership, Jesus' Message, Jesus' Method, Jesus' Model, Leadership, Relational Discipleship, Reproducible Disciple Making Process, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Invitation Is In The Definition

The Invitation is in the Definition   When an influential church community experiences division among its leadership as to the direction and philosophy among their small groups, they frequently turn to Real Life Ministries for guidance. The senior and executive pastors at Real Life Ministries routinely attend seminars to assist churches with concerns like these. On one such occasion, our Real Life Ministries pastors began by asking the leadership of this particular church a couple of questions. When asked about the purpose of the church, the...

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Leading Intentionally Without Regrets – with Jim Putman and Patrick Annotti

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Disciples Making Disciples, Discipleshift, discipleship, Expo, Intentional Leadership, Sermon, Uncategorized, Video | 0 comments

Leading Intentionally Without Regrets – with Jim Putman and Patrick Annotti

Leading Intentionally Without Regrets How often have you told yourself (even subconsciously) that you weren’t designed to lead? What is your understanding of leading? Jim Putman, Senior Pastor and Patrick Annotti, Church Plant Director, both from Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho, team teach in this sermon about Intentional Leadership. They discuss the following points: Do you know who you are as a believer? Do you know where you are going and where you want to take others? Do you know the vehicle you will ride in to get there? Do you...

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What Does A Winning Church Look Like?

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Disciples Making Disciples, Discipleshift, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, DS1, Jesus' Message, Jesus' Method, Jesus' Model, Leadership, Leadership Training, Relational Discipleship, Reproducible Disciple Making Process, Uncategorized | 0 comments

What Does A Winning Church Look Like?

What Does A Winning Church Look Like? More than twenty years ago, a small group of Christians came together in their homes with one lofty goal in mind. They wanted to bring a disciple-making church to a little slice of northern Idaho. At the time, they could never have imagined how the Lord would work through them to grow Real Life Ministries to a congregation of 8,500 plus. Through the Word of God, the church founders understood that leadership and discipleship are developed from within the church body itself. They recognized that God has...

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Jim Putman and Richie Shaw Address The Question: Should A Pastor Ever Be Transparent?

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Jim Putman and Richie Shaw Address The Question: Should A Pastor Ever Be Transparent?

Should A Pastor Ever Be Transparent? This has been an often asked question among lead pastors, and one that was addressed at the Q&A Session during our January 2017 DiscipleShift 1 Training.  Jim Putman, Senior Pastor at Real Life Ministries – and Richie Shaw, Lead Pastor at Real Life Spokane, both share their perspective on how they view transparency in this 8 minute video clip. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics in the areas of leadership and disciple making, take a look at our DiscipleShift 1 Training...

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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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Does Your Small Group Have A Relational Environment? Take This Test To Find Out!

Posted by on Feb 12, 2017 in Disciples Making Disciples, discipleship, Jesus' Method, Relational, Relational Discipleship, Relational Environment, Small Groups, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Does Your Small Group Have A Relational Environment? Take This Test To Find Out!

How Relational Is Your Small Group Environment? I’m sure you have heard at least one story of someone who stopped going to their small group because they never felt  ‘connected’ with the people there. And you have probably also heard from someone else with the exact opposite experience, that is thriving in their small group.  Being in a small group together can enable relationships to go deeper, and transparency to occur. But sometimes people in small groups don’t seem to connect, and the group may have a high turnover...

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How To Build A Church Culture Of Discipleship – Top Leaders Share Their Experience

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Church Planting, Disciples Making Disciples, Discipleshift, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, DS1, Intentional Leadership, Jesus' Method, Jesus' Model, Leadership, Relational Discipleship, Reproducible Disciple Making Process, Training, Uncategorized, Video | 0 comments

How To Build A Church Culture Of Discipleship – Top Leaders Share Their Experience

Share Tweet In the video below, leaders from disciple making churches take the stage at DiscipleShift 1 training in Post Falls, Idaho to answer questions about disciple making and church leadership. These leaders are drawing from their experience as church planters and leaders in churches that have successfully made the shift to a church model of Relational Discipleship – using Jesus’ method of discipleship. Some of the questions they address are: At what point should our leadership consider planting another church? How would it...

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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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Small Groups Are The Vehicle, Not The Destination

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Disciples Making Disciples, discipleship, Intentional Leadership, Relational Environment, Reproducible Disciple Making Process, Small Groups, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Small Groups Are The Vehicle, Not The Destination

Small Groups Are The Vehicle – Not The Destination Free Resource! Click here to download pdf of this post One of the main thrusts of DiscipleShift 1 training is the importance of a relational environment to making disciples of Jesus. Small Groups are one such relational environment that works well when trying to create a culture of disciple making in your church. Because we talk about them so often, sometimes people mistakenly get the idea that Small Groups are the goal – that if you are a church that has developed Small Groups...

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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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What Makes A Gospel Centered Church – with Jim Putman

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

What Makes A Gospel Centered Church – with Jim Putman

  What Makes A Church A Gospel Centered Church? In part 7 of The Gospel sermon series, Jim Putman speaks to his congregation about how the culture of a church is effected by the view a christian holds. “The culture of a church is effected by the view a christian holds.” Jim PutmanPowered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This Here are 4 different view’s of church that Christians typically hold. 1). ‘It’s just me and Jesus, and I don’t need the church.’ 2). It’s me and Jesus, and I go to...

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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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How To Get Buy-In From Your Senior Members When Changing The Culture Of Your Church

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Disciples Making Disciples, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, Leadership, Small Groups, Sunday Morning, Uncategorized, Video | 0 comments

How To Get Buy-In From Your Senior Members When Changing The Culture Of Your Church

In this 4 minute clip from the Oct 2016 DiscipleShift 1 Question & Answer Session – Pastors Ed Litton and Matt Roberson address the question: “How do I get my senior church members on board with creating a culture that will draw in and engage young families?” How do I get senior church members on board with creating a culture that will draw in and engage young families?Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This You will find a link to the complete video of this Q&A session at the bottom of this post. “How Do I...

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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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‘From Pool Hustler to Pastor’ – Luke Yetter Talks About The Way Relational Discipleship Has Impacted His Life

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Discipleshift, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, Intentional Leadership, Jesus' Method, Jesus' Model, Relational, Relational Discipleship, Reproducible Disciple Making Process, Uncategorized, Video | 0 comments

‘From Pool Hustler to Pastor’ – Luke Yetter Talks About The Way Relational Discipleship Has Impacted His Life

From Pool Hustler to Pastor How Relational Discipleship Impacted My Life Luke Yetter, Executive Pastor at Real Life Ministries and Director of the Relational Discipleship Network, has an amazing testimony of how his life and his legacy were impacted by Jesus’ model of Relational Discipleship – Watch the short video below as Luke walks you through his first experience with church as a complete outsider, and see how you or your church might answer the two questions Luke asked of the church leaders in attendance that day. If I came...

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Looking For A New Discipleship Method? Maybe We Should Return To Something Old – The Way Jesus Made Disciples

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Disciples Making Disciples, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, Jesus' Message, Jesus' Method, Jesus' Model, Leadership, Relational, Relational Discipleship, Reproducible Disciple Making Process, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Looking For A New Discipleship Method? Maybe We Should Return To Something Old – The Way Jesus Made Disciples

  Let’s Get Back To Making Disciples The Way Jesus Did   If we study Jesus’ method for making disciples and then study how the early church repeated this pattern, we discern a blueprint that we can follow as well. Many of the churches in the Relational Discipleship Network use this simple blueprint, based on these four words. Share: Jesus shared who he was through words and deeds – During their time of sharing life together, he taught them the truth about himself. Connect: When people accepted his message, he...

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Bet You’ve Never Looked At The 10 Commandments This Way Before!

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Biblical Foundation, Sunday Morning, Video | 0 comments

Bet You’ve Never Looked At The 10 Commandments This Way Before!

If you ask someone who is outside of the world of Church about the 10 commandments they will probably picture a wild haired Charlton Heston holding up at set of stone tablets with fire in his eyes – ready to throw down a list of rules that must be followed. And, if we are being honest – sometimes those of us within the church tend to view them in a similar way. At DiscipleShift 1 Training, the leaders present a different lens to view the 10 commandments through – and for most people it causes a paradigm shift of thinking...

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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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One Way A Senior Pastor Can Keep The Vision Of Discipleship Alive In His Church

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

One Way A Senior Pastor Can Keep The Vision Of Discipleship Alive In His Church

We often get this question from Lead Pastors in our DiscipleShift 1 Training Q&A sessions: “How can I cast vision for our discipleship process during weekend service?” It is a great question. We know that ‘People aspire to what is celebrated’. If you want to become a Disciple Making Church, you must celebrate discipleship visibly and often. If you want to become a Disciple Making Church, you must celebrate #discipleship visibly and often. Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This In this video clip, Matt Roberson...

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How To Take Your Church From Here To There Without Blowing It Up: (Free E-Book)

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How To Take Your Church From Here To There Without Blowing It Up:  (Free E-Book)

“A new cultural shift in the church toward “making disciples” must become the goal of every church leader. However, creating such a culture in an established church, as with leading people through any kind of change, will not be easy. Doing so will require a good understanding of the dynamics of leading people through change.”  Todd Wright A new cultural shift in the church toward making disciples must become the goal of every church leader#DiscipleShiftPowered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This In this FREE eBook, Todd Wright,...

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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 Making Share...

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DiscipleShift 1 July 2016 Group Photos

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

DiscipleShift 1 July 2016 Group Photos

If you have previously attended  DiscipleShift 1 Training, you know that most of your time during the 2 day  process is spent in a small group. Because of the nature of the training and culture in the small groups, the people that are in the group become connected to each other and their facilitation team. We take photo’s of each of the groups so you have something tangible to remind you of what God did in and through you during the training. We have posted below the group photo’s from our July 2016 DiscipleShift1 Training. If you...

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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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Spiritual Maturity Means Loving Each Other

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Disciples Making Disciples, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, DS1, Jesus' Message, Jesus' Method, Jesus' Model, Leadership, Relational, Relational Discipleship, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Spiritual Maturity Means Loving Each Other

Spiritual Maturity means loving each other   We can learn about God but still miss who He is—He is love. Spiritual maturity means becoming great lovers of others. True spiritual maturity is allowing the Holy Spirit to make you a relational person. Jesus made the point that all of the law and the prophets are summed up in love for God and love for others. (Matt. 22:40) As believers we know that when we’re born again, the Holy Spirit moves inside of us and begins to do His work. The fruit he produces in us is relational– love, joy,...

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Unleash The Power Of Discipleship In Your Community!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Disciples Making Disciples, Discipleshift, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, Intentional Leadership, Jesus' Model, Leadership, Leadership Training, Relational Discipleship, Uncategorized, Video | 0 comments

Unleash The Power Of Discipleship In Your Community!

Disciples Unleashed   In the following video, Jim Putman, Senior Pastor of Real Life Minstries in Post Falls, Idaho and Dave Campbell, International Missions Pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho – team up to speak about the idea that Missionaries are not just ‘other people’ in ‘other’ places. In fact we, as disciples, are all  ‘Missionaries’.  We are all called to live out discipleship, which makes us missionaries wherever we are. We are all called to live out discipleship, which...

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Did The Beatles Get It Right? Is Love Really All You Need?

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Biblical Foundation, Disciples Making Disciples, Discipleshift, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, DS1, Relational, Relational Discipleship, Uncategorized, Video | 0 comments

Did The Beatles Get It Right? Is Love Really All You Need?

  All you need is love, right? That’s what the Beatles sang in 1967 and it hit the top of the charts almost instantly. Sounds pretty simple doesn’t it? The truth is, relationships are not easy even when love is present. But God calls us into relationship with him and with each other. In fact, relationships are very important to God – so important that he talks about them all throughout his Word. Watch this video of Aaron Couch -lead coach of Real Life Ministries in Moscow, Id – as he takes a look at the Old and...

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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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Do You Know The Key To Making Disciples?

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in Disciples Making Disciples, discipleship, Intentional Leadership, Jesus' Method, Jesus' Model, Leadership Training, Relational, Relational Discipleship, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do You Know The Key To Making Disciples?

I spoke with a gentleman this week who broke my heart. He recounted his journey of the last couple of years with great passion and even tears. He wanted to be a part of a church that would make disciples so badly that he was willing to even relocate, switch jobs, and start over to be a part of a church that would take relational discipleship seriously. I have to admit, I admire his determination. He told me the story of visiting with his pastor and how they had embarked on this new journey together and they were so excited to get small groups...

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Is the environment in your church changing lives? Try this!

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Alignment, Biblical Foundation, discipleship, Intentional Leadership, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Is the environment in your church changing lives? Try this!

Is the environment in your church changing lives? Jim Putman says doing this one thing might help! Being disciples of Jesus and making disciples of Jesus – discipleship – has been a forefront topic for the past couple of years in churches and leadership conferences across the country. It is an accepted and acknowledged commission of the church given to us by Jesus himself in Acts 28:19. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Seems...

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Question and Answer Session – May DiscipleShift 1 Training

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Disciples Making Disciples, Discipleshift, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, DS1, Intentional Leadership, Jesus' Message, Jesus' Method, Jesus' Model, Leadership, Leadership Training, Relational, Relational Discipleship, Reproducible Disciple Making Process, Uncategorized, Video | 0 comments

Question and Answer Session – May DiscipleShift 1 Training

  During our May 2016 DiscipleShift 1 Training, our attendee’s had the opportunity to ask our Leadership Panel questions about Jesus’ Disciple Making process, and how it has been implemented through Real Life Ministries and other churches in The Relational Discipleship Network. This month’s panel contained the combined experience of Luke Yetter – Executive Pastor at Real Life Ministries and the Director for the Relational Discipleship Network, Jim Putman – Senior Pastor and Church Planter of Real Life...

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Tired of ‘doing’ Discipleship the same old way? Try this ‘shift’!

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Disciples Making Disciples, Discipleshift, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, DS1, Expo, Exponential, Intentional Leadership, Jesus' Message, Jesus' Method, Jesus' Model, Relational Discipleship, Reproducible Disciple Making Process, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Tired of ‘doing’ Discipleship the same old way? Try this ‘shift’!

  Be sure you scroll down to get the Discount Code!! Are you ready to make a shift in the way you think about Disciple Making? We have found that many of the almost 900 attendee’s of our workshops at the 2016 Exponential East Church Planting Conference wanted to find out more about the Relational Discipleship model we presented. Were you one of them? Did you get a taste of something you would like more of? Do you find yourself wanting to dive in more deeply into Jesus’ method and model for discipleship? Do you want...

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Being Imitators

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Disciples Making Disciples, Discipleshift, discipleship, Intentional Leadership, Jesus' Method, Leadership, Relational, Relational Discipleship, Reproducible Disciple Making Process, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Being Imitators

  Be Imitators.. Over the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to speak at two conferences and work with several other churches. Along with that, I have been on a personal journey studying the finer details of Jesus’ intentional actions he modeled for the disciples. Several conversations over the last month led to analogies of hunting and fishing (I know, big surprise). One analogy I used several times was in regards to teaching someone to fly fish. You cannot simply hand someone a book on fly fishing and expect them to know how....

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3 Simple Ways to Create a Culture of Relationship

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Leadership, Leadership Training, Relational, Relational Discipleship, Relational Environment, Uncategorized | 0 comments

3 Simple Ways to Create a Culture of Relationship

Creating A Culture Of Relationship   People felt safe coming to Jesus. We see this again and again. From children to the woman with the issue of blood, somehow Jesus was able to create the kind of space in a relationship where people could bring the truth of their circumstance forward and deal with it. We call this space a relational environment. Relational Environments are much more than simply small groups. They certainly include small groups, but everywhere you go, you have a “vibe,” a feeling that people get about you. Jesus created...

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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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Leading A Disciple Making Church – What Works, And What Doesn’t.

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, Leadership, Leadership Training, Relational Discipleship, Reproducible Disciple Making Process, Training, trainings, Uncategorized, Video | 0 comments

Leading A Disciple Making Church – What Works, And What Doesn’t.

Have you ever wanted to ask a leader what he would do differently if he had a do-over? In this video four top leaders from across the country share what has worked and what hasn’t when it comes to planting and leading a Disciple Making Church.  Watch Leaders Jim Putman, Brandon Guindon, Luke Yetter and Michael Sikes answer attendee’s questions about Relational Discipleship at the March 2016 DiscipleShift 1 Training in Post Falls, Idaho.   To see dates and locations of upcoming DiscipleShift 1 Trainings please click on the...

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Walk in the steps of Jesus, and lives are changed..

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Disciples Making Disciples, Discipleshift, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, DS1, Jesus' Method, Jesus' Model, Relational, Relational Discipleship, Uncategorized, Video | 0 comments

Walk in the steps of Jesus, and lives are changed..

Walk in the steps of Jesus, and lives will be changed..   Share The compelling video below is of a baptism service at the RDN Mentor Coaching Church, Real Life Moscow. It is a moving picture of how lives are changed when we walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Jesus’ model of Relational Discipleship can change the lives of individuals – making them become disciple-making disciples. And a church full of disciple makers can reach the world for Jesus – one person at a time. A church full of disciple makers can reach the world...

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Shape Behavior – Shape A Culture

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Shape Behavior – Shape A Culture

Share Shape Behavior – Shape A Culture   The following is from the RLM Leadership Podcast with Richie Shaw from Real Life Ministries Spokane. If you’d like to hear the entire podcast you can find it here. Let’s talk for a few moments about our routines and habits as a church, both individually and collectively. When it comes to church, we all want to be part of something that is thriving, healthy, and moving forward. Nobody really wants to be a part of something that is not growing or is dying. What many church leaders...

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So… How Did Jesus Make Disciples?

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Disciples Making Disciples, Discipleshift, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, Jesus' Method, Jesus' Model, Leadership Training, Relational Discipleship, Uncategorized | 0 comments

So… How Did Jesus Make Disciples?

So, How Did Jesus Make Disciples? “Jesus was the greatest disciple maker in history. The model Jesus gave us for disciple making transcends both time and place, and it is one that we can still use today.”   Keith Strasburger (Real Life Ministries) FOLLOW Sermon Series: Chapter 7 Share Keith Strasburger is on staff at Real Life Ministries on the Church Training and Development Team. He currently oversees the RLM Men’s Ministry and the DiscipleShift trainings.Keith came up through the small group system at Real Life Ministries...

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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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Leadership Questions (and answers!)

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Alignment, DiscipleShift 1, DS1, Intentional Leadership, Leadership Training, Relational, Relational Discipleship, Reproducible Disciple Making Process, Training, Uncategorized, Video | 0 comments

Leadership Questions (and answers!)

Share The following video is a Question and Answer session from the January 2016 DiscipleShift 1 Training in Post Falls, Idaho. In this video, Jim Putman and Luke Yetter answer questions from leaders about becoming a Disciple Making Church.       Some of the topics covered in this video are: What is the best way to branch a small group? How can I go about leading change at my church without blowing it up? How do you seek out lost people and draw them into the church? How have you been able to get so many men to become involved...

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The Value Of Lowering Your Leadership Threshold

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Church Planting, Disciples Making Disciples, discipleship, Expo, Exponential, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Value Of Lowering Your Leadership Threshold

The following is an excerpt from a talk given at Exponential West in 2015 by Richie Shaw, Lead Coach at Real Life Spokane in Spokane, WA. Richie and his wife Katy, along with another family, planted the Spokane church on 10/10/10. RLM Spokane has now grown to a size of over 1000 members, and has baptized 650 people in the last 5 years. I will be talking today about the need for a reproducible process when it comes to being a disciple making church. Many people in America that are ‘churched’ or even ‘de-churched’,  have...

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How Do We Know If We Are Making Disciples Of Jesus?

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Biblical Foundation, discipleship, Jesus' Method, Jesus' Model, Relational Discipleship, Uncategorized | 0 comments

How Do We Know If We Are Making Disciples Of Jesus?

(The following is an excerpt from a presentation on The Biblical Foundation For Relationship, given by Richie Shaw at the Oct. 2015 DiscipleShift 1 training held in Post Falls, Idaho)   How can we know that someone is a disciple of Jesus? Church leaders through the years have utilized different methods to determine if someone is Jesus’ disciple. We might look at how long someone has been attending church, we might consider their knowledge of scripture, we might even look at the time and service they give to the church. But as we...

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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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5 Key Components of a Disciple Making Church

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Alignment, Biblical Foundation, Disciples Making Disciples, Discipleshift, DiscipleShift 1, DS1, Intentional Leadership, Leadership Training, Relational, Relational Discipleship, Relational Environment, Reproducible Disciple Making Process, Training | 0 comments

5 Key Components of a Disciple Making Church

Is the church of today winning? In order to determine if the Church is winning, we must define what a winning church looks like. It is not enough to say that Jesus’ church wins, we need to determine what makes a church His church. After all – Jesus didn’t say “my church wins” or “your church wins”. He said that His Church wins. Jesus gave us a mission to make disciples. After all – Jesus didn’t say “my church wins” or “your church wins”. He said that His Church wins...

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12 Simple Small Group Guidelines You Should Be Using

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Alignment, Intentional Leadership, Leadership Training, Relational Environment, Training | 0 comments

12 Simple Small Group Guidelines You Should Be Using

12 Simple Small Group Guidelines You Should Be Using It is vitally important to the health a small group that the small group leader lays a foundation by setting some guidelines for group time. Having some guidelines set up will give the people in the group some boundaries to operate within. It also helps in creating an environment that is safe for transparency, vulnerability, sharing and growing closer in relationship with each other and with God. Setting some basic small group guidelines for how you will honor one another in our group...

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4 Main Roles of a Disciple Making Pastor

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Disciples Making Disciples, discipleship, Intentional Leadership, Jesus' Message, Jesus' Method, Jesus' Model, Reproducible Disciple Making Process, Uncategorized | 0 comments

4 Main Roles of a Disciple Making Pastor

Jesus was the master disciple maker. While we need to be careful in assuming that we should do everything Jesus did, much of what he did serves as an example to us. Looking at Jesus’ life helps us better understand what it means to be a mature believer. Looking at his life, we begin to see that fruitfulness in ministry is not just a matter of rolling up your sleeves and working harder, especially if you are doing things in an ineffective manner. Jesus used a method, and it is a method we would be wise to adopt. If you want to make the...

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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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The Discipleship Method Of Jesus

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Disciples Making Disciples, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, DS1, Intentional Leadership, Jesus' Message, Jesus' Method, Jesus' Model, Relational, Relational Discipleship, Relational Environment, Reproducible Disciple Making Process | Comments Off on The Discipleship Method Of Jesus

The Discipleship Method Of Jesus

“The Church today is divorcing the message of Jesus from the method of Jesus, and expecting the results of Jesus.”  – Jim Putman   The Church in America is generally in agreement on the gospel message, and most are also united on the commission Jesus gave in Matthew 28 to go into the world and make disciples. But when it comes to the way or method that disciple making is carried out, there are as many different ideas as there are churches. At Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho; we have made a shift in the way we approach...

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Intentionality in Disciple Making

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Disciples Making Disciples, Discipleshift, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, DS1, Intentional Leadership, Relational Discipleship | Comments Off on Intentionality in Disciple Making

Intentionality in Disciple Making

Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it … – 1 Timothy 4:8-9 (NLT) INTENTIONALITY – Discipleship requires us to have strategy, direction, and specific steps for those we are discipling. The Oxford Dictionary describes intentionality as “the fact of being deliberate or purposive” (yes, purposive is a word!). We must state, up front, that this concept may be hard for people to believe in or...

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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

In this FREE eBook, Todd Wright, Senior Pastor at Midway Church in Villa Rica, Georgia tells the story of how he, his leaders, and his congregation have made a shift over the past few years towards becoming a disciple making church, and what that journey has looked like. Todd has allowed us to share his story in an eBook form so that others can benefit from it. We believe you will find it to be a valuable tool whether you are a leader who is currently leading change or your leadership is looking to lead change in the future. Click here to...

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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

Do you have a heart to see authentic discipleship happening at your church? Do you know how to get started? Our church has that heart, but we didn’t know how to begin. That’s when we heard about the DiscipleShift1 experience. What an experience it turned out to be! We gathered our senior pastor, key members of our staff and board to attend. Traveling together was valuable. We got to know each other better while on the road. It seems we always want relational time together but have trouble making it. The theme of relationship continued...

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Repeat – A Reproducible Process

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 in Disciples Making Disciples, Discipleshift, discipleship, Jesus' Method, Jesus' Model, Relational, Relational Discipleship, Reproducible Disciple Making Process | Comments Off on Repeat – A Reproducible Process

  And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others … 2 Timothy 2:2 Authentic discipleship repeats itself, where the disciple becomes a disciple-maker: reproducing the discipleship process. In preparation for the launch of discipleship.org, we solicited the input of some the most effective disciplemakers in North America. We were stunned by their uniform emphasis on one point (and it was especially punctuated by Robert Coleman and Bill Hull):...

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Is Your Church Adding Or Multiplying?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Alignment, Disciples Making Disciples, Discipleshift, DiscipleShift 1, discipleship, Intentional Leadership, Jesus' Method, Jesus' Model, Relational Discipleship, Reproducible Disciple Making Process | Comments Off on Is Your Church Adding Or Multiplying?

  Why Discipleship? Someone has said, “that the church is losing ground today because we’re adding people to the kingdom of God while the population of the world is multiplying. I know this is true for the community, which I live in. We are a church of 550 believing that God is calling us to be a church of 1,000. If we add 500 more people to the kingdom of God then we have added less than 1% of the unchurched population of our community. Currently there are 60,000 people in my community who are unchurched. If we are going to reach the...

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