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Redesigning your discipleship model for making disciples [video]

At the D6 Conference last week I had the opportunity to talk with Mike Glenn, the Sr. Pastor at Brentwood Baptist Church. He shared with me the story of how he realized that his church’s discipleship model was not working. After years of pursuing a typical model of church discipleship, they decided to scrap it and build a new discipleship model from the ground up, starting with the student ministry.

In our conversation, Mike talked about some of the behind-the-scenes in their new approach to discipleship, including:

  • How to help church members walk down an intentional discipleship path.
  • The significance of getting parents spiritually involved with their kids.
  • Redefining the role of pastors and the role of church members in their faith community.
  • The surprising affect this has had on their college ministry.
  • And much more…

It’s quite an inspiring story that reveals a lot about the assumptions we often make concerning discipleship in the church.

QUESTION: If you could design discipleship in your church to look however you deemed appropriate, what would it look like? What would you change? What would you keep?


Posted on October 3, 2012

  • Heath

    The level of intentionality and care here is wonderful. Did this guy discuss any of the fruit they are seeing from this process? How long have they been doing this?

    • http://timschmoyer.com/ Tim Schmoyer

      No, we didn’t talk specifically about fruit in this interview. Wish we would’ve had time to get into that. He had to be on stage after our interview, so our time was brief, unfortunately. Maybe I can do a follow-up Skype interview with him… or just drive to Nashville sometime.

  • LeaderTreks

    That is awesome that the entire church was willing to change to become more effective. Great examples of leadership abound when large positive changes take place. Thanks for telling a great story, as opposed to the negative ones that we hear so much more often!

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