For many congregations, there is a lack of clarity about what a disciple is and what a disciple does. Your congregation
might find it helpful to have a larger conversation in worship or as a small group series around this theme. Disciple Like
Jesus could provide the framework for this conversation. At the conclusion of each section, you will find a set of discussion
questions that could support this conversation.
Small Group Study
There are many small groups of different varieties meeting at thousands of churches every week. They are forming
bonds, supporting each other, often studying, and sometimes serving together. And yet, many people in many congregations
sense there is something missing. They just don’t know what that might be. Disciple Like Jesus could launch them on
a new way of engaging life both within and outside of the Church.
Each of the dimensions of discipleship described in this book includes specific suggestions for behaviors that help
develop the “life of” ways of living like Jesus. Accountability is vital to this process. Whether through mentoring, apprenticing,
coaching, small groups, or triads, partners can and should process this resource together. They should commit to
specific behaviors, and hold each other accountable for progress.
The greatest form of leadership in the Church is the leading of disciples toward maturity in becoming more like Jesus.
There are skills, presented in Disciple Like Jesus, that can help develop more effective leadership toward this goal. In a
strong sense, every disciple is called to be this kind of leader. But those publicly identified as leaders (in whatever role)
have a biblically mandated special responsibility to be modeling this kind of discipleship development.
Disciple Like Jesus provides many tools for exploration for individuals into the ways in which they can become more
like Jesus and disciple like Jesus did. There are also many references for further study and personal growth. We do
believe, however, that while this is a great resource for individual study, it is even better to study with a friend or two.