Discipleship is a subject that often comes to the surface in my conversation with Pastors and ministry leaders today. The focus on the topic has increased even in the last five years, suggesting a perceived need to better understand how effective discipleship happens. When I ask leaders, “What does the word Discipleship mean to you?” the answers are almost as varied as the people I talk to. The more usual responses include one of the following:
- Leading someone to Jesus and getting them to attend the Sunday Service, hang around Christians and listen to sermons
- Leading someone to Jesus and getting them involved in a small group
- Getting a person to work through a 6-week course on the basics of the faith
- If you are a Christian, you are a disciple of Jesus
- Walking with a person like Jesus walked with His disciples
The follow-up question I use with leaders, “How is this approach working for you?” often surprises them and they usually don’t know, having been focused on the many other activities that claim their attention in the daily run of ministry. At the same time, the majority are puzzled by the lack of seeming engagement and connectedness with God on the part of many of their people.
What people are saying about the Author and the ‘As You Go: Make Disciples’ Book/Storyboard/ Coaching Guide
Colin Noyes is one of the sharpest international leaders I know. His insights into the field of discipleship are well-researched and honest, and he does a great job of challenging us to see it through fresh eyes. Eminently practical, As You Go, Make Disciples gives you the tools you need to move forward.
Dr. Bob Logan, church planter, author and coach - USA
Having a clear idea about discipleship and how it is embedded into the life of the church is one of the critically important issues in becoming the people-movement that Jesus intended us to be. Colin has produced a needed introduction to this very topic in his latest book.
Alan Hirsch, Award winning author on mission and discipleship - Founder of Forge Missional Training Network and 100Movements
This new book by Colin Noyes is a great addition to the thought stream flowing today in regards to discipleship. The book gives valid, helpful advice to pastors and leaders looking for insight into the practical steps for implementing a discipleship pathway in their church. The commission of Christ to His Church is to “make disciples” and this book is a very good tool for those seeking to obey Jesus.
Tom Johnston, Executive Director - The Praxis Center for Church Development