DISCIPLE is a program of disciplined Bible study aimed at developing strong Christian leaders.
The study gives the Old and New Testaments equal time, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God. DISCIPLE draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible reading and study of the participant, and dynamic group discussion to aid understanding of the Bible.
The first study in the program is DISCIPLE: BECOMING DISCIPLES THROUGH BIBLE STUDY, a thirty-four week overview of the entire Bible.
Training for Disciple Studies is also highly recommended. Learn more about training here.
Commitment and Time Involved
- Three and one-half to four hours of independent study each week (40 minutes daily for leaders and 30 minutes daily for group members) in preparation for weekly group meetings.
- Attendance at weekly 2.5 hour meetings.
The Planning Kit
In the Planning Kit you will find everything you need to be a leader. The kit includes:
A Study Manual
Each member of the group needs a study manual and a Bible. The Bible is the text for the study and the study manual will guide group members in their study and preparation for the weekly group session. The study manual also includes suggestions for individual research and study-related activities. Space is provided for taking notes while reading Scripture, for recording thoughts and questions arising out of daily study, and for notes during the weekly group session.
The Teacher Helps
In the front of the teacher helps is a section of general information on effectively using the study manual, preparing to lead the weekly group meeting, following the proper schedule and procedure, tips for leading discussion, and suggestions for creating and maintaining a caring climate in the study group.
Process suggestions in the teacher helps enable full participation by all members of the group as a result of disciplined daily study. A one-page plan for each of the weekly group sessions follows an established schedule and procedure, with an amount of time designated for each section in the plan. Each session plan includes suggestions for group study of a selected passage of Scripture.
New video presentations for Disciple: Becoming Disciple Through Bible Study reflect our changing world , with a new and diverse team of expert commentators tailored to the study manual’s proven format. One video segment is provided for each of the 34 weekly sessions.
The Training DVD
This Training DVD provides video helps to enhance your skills as a DISCIPLE leader in your congregation. Hear presentations from national Disciple trainers to learn:
- What DISCIPLE is
- Your role as the DISCIPLE leader
- How to use the various DISCIPLE components
- Identifying spiritual gifts—DISCIPLE Lessons 33 and 34
- How to implement the DISCIPLE program in your church
This is a soft-sided briefcase with the Disciple logo embossed on the front flap. It is large enough to hold all of your components for Disciple: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study. The Briefcase has large main compartments and one zippered pocket on the flap. It also has an adjustable/ detachable shoulder strap.A good, comprehensive study Bible is necessary for Disciple participants.
An Implementation Resource can be downloaded separately here.
We recommend the New Interpreter's Study Bible.
More Questions? Visit the Disciple site for more information.