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Real-Life Discipleship (2 vols.)



Real Life Ministries is an evangelical church that was planted in 1998 by four families. It has grown its weekly attendance to over 7,000. One of America’s fastest-growing churches, Real Life Ministries attributes its growth to its strong focus on discipleship.

Real-Life Discipleship presents proven discipleship tools and strategies. It challenges Christians to be intentional Christ-followers and help carry out the Great Commission, and shows how church members can play a role in reaching others to Christ. The training manual helps pastors and church leaders create a discipleship program and discover the natural-born leaders and disciples within their own congregation.

This collection will enhance your understanding of discipleship and evangelism and bring you new and your church new and exciting ways to fulfill the Great Commission. All Scripture passages link to your favorite Bible translation in your library. With Logos’ advanced features, you can perform powerful searches by topic or Scripture reference—finding, for example, every mention of “spiritual formation” or “leadership.”

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  • Gives a biblical overview of discipleship
  • Shows how every church member can play a role in bringing others to Christ
  • Presents a results-oriented process of disciple-making
  • Provides training on how to identify, recruit, and develop gifted leaders within your congregation
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Real-Life Discipleship: Building Churches That Make Disciples

  • Author: Jim Putnam
  • Publisher: NavPress
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 208

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Is your church making disciples . . . who make disciples . . . who make disciples? Is your membership dwindling? Are you growing only at the expense of a smaller church? It’s time to reexamine your methods of discipleship. But how do you effectively disciple an entire body? It’s not about making converts. The responsibility falls to every believer in your fellowship to create intentional followers of Christ, who in turn create other intentional followers.

Real-Life Discipleship explains what should happen in the life of every Christian and in every small group so that the church becomes an army of believers dedicated to seeing the world saved. With the overriding goal to train disciples who know how to make more disciples, this book offers proven tools and strategies from Real Life Ministries, one of America’s fastest-growing churches. Discover what the Bible says about true and effective discipleship with these strategies and practices.

If you want practical steps on how to create a culture of discipleship, I highly recommend this book!

—Don Wilson, senior pastor, Christ’s Church of the Valley, Peiria, AZ

Jim Putman’s coaching on discipleship presents a proven model that is truly accessible, measurable, and reproducible. His concepts have revolutionized ministry at The Crossing. Put your seatbelt on—this idea could change everything.

—Jerry Harris, senior pastor, The Crossing, Quincy, IL

You must read this book! Five years ago, I was asked to consult with Real Life Ministries about the Bible-storying component of making disciples. I wondered if it were possible to disciple a whole congregation. Real Life Ministries is the real deal. Jim Putman, in this easy-to-read book about real people, tells the story and shows how they did it and how you can do it. Get it and build your church into a disciple-making church.

Avery T. Willis, executive director, International Orality Network

Jim Putman is a 17-year ministry veteran, author, and national speaker. He is also the senior pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho. He holds degrees from Boise State University and Boise Bible College. With his background in sports, he believes in the value of strong coaching as a means to discipling.

Real-Life Discipleship Training Manual: Equipping Disciples Who Make Disciples

  • Authors: Jim Putman, Avery T. Willis Jr., Brandon Guindon, and Bill Krause
  • Publisher: NavPress
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 240

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This companion training manual to Real-Life Discipleship provides unique guidance and insight to pastors, church leaders, and their disciples as they work to create an effective discipleship program.

With a thorough, results-oriented process that can be applied in other contexts and cultures, this manual explains the necessary components of disciple-making so that every church member can play a part in reaching others for Christ.

This leader’s resource shows you how to cultivate new leaders for the future and equip them to make disciples.

Jim Putman is a 17-year ministry veteran, author, and national speaker. He is also the senior pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho. He holds degrees from Boise State University and Boise Bible College. With his background in sports, he believes in the value of strong coaching as a means to discipling. Jim lives with his wife and three sons in Post Falls.

Avery T. Willis Jr., has been a pastor, missionary, seminary president, and missions administrator in addition to being a popular author and speaker. He received his BA from Oklahoma Baptist University and his MDiv and ThD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He pastored for 10 years in Texas and Oklahoma. He served as a missionary with the International Mission Board for 14 years and as president of the Indonesian Baptist Seminary in Indonesia for six years.

Brandon Guindon is an executive pastor at Real Life Ministries.

Bill Krause serves at Real Life Ministries as the leader of the Marriage and Family Ministry team. He is a graduate of Puget Sound Christian College, and earned his Master’s in Education from Eastern Washington University. Over the last 30 years Bill has worked in youth, children’s, and family ministries. Prior to coming to Real Life Bill was a professor at Boise Bible College serving as chairperson of the Christian Education program. His passion is the strengthening of God’s kingdom through generations of disciple makers in the home and in the world.


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    This is an awesome resource for discipleship. It is clear and concise in the information that is given. The charts are also great to be able to use when explaining the process of discipleship to others!