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Mobile Ed: ED205 Discipleship in History and Practice (10 hour course)

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Explore the meaning and purpose of discipleship and study principles of discipling. Gain practical insight into leading discipleship ministries and equip yourself and others to make disciples. Dr. Cardoza guides you through the history of Jewish and Christian education from the Old Testament to the modern day and casts vision for discipleship and the development of discipleship programs.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Understand the principles of discipleship
  • Apply the four keys for effective discipleship (systematic, scalable, sequential, and sustainable programming)
  • Analyze the history of disciple making

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: An Introduction to Discipleship

  • What a Disciple Is
  • Key Principles of Biblical Discipleship
  • Defining and Describing Discipleship
  • A Biblical Overview of Discipleship
  • Discipleship in Religious and Christian Education

Unit 2: A History of Disciple-Making: The Old Testament and Intertestamental Periods

  • Religious Education in the Pentateuch
  • Religious Education in the Historical Books
  • Religious Education in the Poetic Books
  • Religious Education in the Prophets
  • Challenges and Changes in Jewish Religious Education
  • The Rise of the Jewish School
  • Jewish Sects and Their Effect on Jewish Religious Education
  • Religious Education and Development of the Oral Tradition
  • Hellenistic Influence on Jewish Religious Education

Unit 3: A History of Disciple-Making: The New Testament and Patristic Age

  • Christian Education in the Gospels
  • Christian Education in Acts
  • Christian Education in the Epistles
  • Christian Education in the Book of Revelation
  • Education in Local Churches with Jewish Converts to Christianity
  • Discipleship Using the Didache
  • Discipleship through Catechesis
  • Discipleship through Catechetical Schools
  • Early Challenges in Discipleship Philosophy

Unit 4: A History of Disciple-Making: The Middle Ages and the Renaissance

  • Discipleship at the Dawn of the Middle Ages
  • How Rome’s Fall Affected Christian Education
  • Discipleship during Feudalism
  • Discipleship through Asceticism and Monasticism
  • Discipleship during the Crusades and Scholasticism
  • Discipleship in the Age of Individualism and Renaissance Humanism
  • Christian Education Champions during the Renaissance

Unit 5: A History of Disciple-Making: The Reformation and the Enlightenment

  • Discipleship and Martin Luther
  • Discipleship and Ulrich Zwingli
  • Discipleship and Philip Melanchthon
  • Discipleship and John Calvin and John Knox
  • Key Educational Contributions of the Reformation
  • How the Enlightenment Affected Discipleship
  • Modern Philosophy, Scientism, and Discipleship
  • Educators in the Enlightenment

Unit 6: A History of Disciple-Making: Colonial and Contemporary America

  • How the New World Received the Gospel
  • Education and Discipleship in the American Colonies
  • Christian Higher Education in the Colonies
  • Discipleship through the Sunday School Movement
  • Discipleship through Twentieth-Century Youth Movements

Unit 7: Boundaries and Parameters for Disciple-Making

  • Desired Outcomes for Genuine Discipleship
  • Common Dangers in Discipleship
  • Understanding Spiritual Metamorphosis
  • The Difference between Christian Education and Indoctrination
  • Protecting Discipleship from Indoctrination
  • The Triumvirate of Biblical Discipleship
  • The Bible and Curriculum in Discipleship

Unit 8: Defining Transformational Discipleship

  • Understanding Transformation through Sanctification
  • Cognitive Learning in Discipleship
  • Affective Learning in Discipleship
  • Behavioral Learning in Discipleship
  • The Keys to Transformational Discipleship

Unit 9: Doing Personal Discipleship

  • Biblical Characteristics of Disciplers
  • Key Practices of Effective Disciplers
  • Identifying the Person to Disciple
  • Entering into a Discipling Relationship
  • Casting the Vision to Someone You Want to Disciple
  • Basic Principles to Guide Personal Discipleship Meetings
  • Sample Schedule for Discipleship Sessions
  • Suggested Content for Initial Discipleship

Unit 10: Principles of Disciple-Making

  • The Profession of Christian Education
  • Academic Preparation for Discipleship Ministry Leadership
  • Old Testament Principles for Church Discipleship Programming
  • Intertestamental Principles for Church Discipleship Programming
  • New Testament Principles for Church Discipleship Programming

Unit 11: Making Programming Practical

  • Understanding the Life Transformation Continuum, Part 1
  • Understanding the Life Transformation Continuum, Part 2
  • Stages of Spiritual Development
  • Building an Evangelistic Apparatus
  • Examples of Building an Evangelistic Apparatus
  • Building a Discipleship Platform
  • Examples for Building a Discipleship Platform
  • Suggestions for Evangelistic Programming
  • Suggestions for Discipleship Programming
  • Programming for Spiritual Growth
  • Leadership for Discipleship Programming
  • Shepherding Others as Program Leaders

Unit 12: The Praxis of Programming

  • Understanding Church Discipleship Expectations
  • Cautions about Using Discipleship Programming
  • Four Keys for Effective Discipleship: Systematic Programming
  • Four Keys for Effective Discipleship: Scalable Programming
  • Four Keys for Effective Discipleship: Sequential Programming
  • Four Keys for Effective Discipleship: Sustainable Programming


  • Reaching Out and Making Disciples

Product Details

  • Title: ED205 Discipleship in History and Practice
  • Instructor: Frederick Cardoza
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 10
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About Freddy Cardoza

Dr. Freddy Cardoza is currently director of distributed learning and instructional technology at Biola University and department chair of Christian education at Talbot School of Theology in Los Angeles. He has served in Christian higher education and local church ministry for 20 years, and his work specializes in leadership, higher education administration, discipleship, digital learning, and media.

Dr. Cardoza is the executive director of the Society of Professors in Christian Education (SPCE), which is an academic society of evangelical professors representing some 200 seminaries, universities, and liberal arts colleges, who teach in the areas of spiritual formation, Christian ministries and Christian education.

He received a PhD in leadership from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed the required coursework for the EdD (ABD). He earned an MA from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and holds a BS in church ministries from Liberty University.

Dr. Cardoza is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), the Association of Youth Ministry Educators (AYME), and the Religious Conference Management Association (RCMA). He serves as adjunct faculty at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, regularly develops print and digital training resources, and is a small group leader at Saddleback Church.


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