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Real-Life Discipleship: Building Churches That Make Disciples

Real-Life Discipleship: Building Churches That Make Disciples

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by Jim Putman

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Real-Life Discipleship explains what should happen in the life of every Christian and in every small group so that the church becomes an army of believers dedicated to seeing the world saved. With the overriding goal to train disciples who know how to make more disciples, this book offers proven tools and strategies from Real Life Ministries, one of


Real-Life Discipleship explains what should happen in the life of every Christian and in every small group so that the church becomes an army of believers dedicated to seeing the world saved. With the overriding goal to train disciples who know how to make more disciples, this book offers proven tools and strategies from Real Life Ministries, one of America’s fastest-growing churches. Discover what the Bible says about true and effective discipleship with these strategies and practices.

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Tyndale House Publishers
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Real Life Stuff for Women Series
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5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

A seventeen-year ministry veteran, author, and national speaker, Jim Putman is the senior pastor of Real Life Ministries, located in Post Falls, Idaho, and listed by Outreach Magazine as one of the fastest-growing churches in America.

Jim’s passion is discipleship through small groups. With his background in sports, he believes in the value of strong coaching to win and teach disciples for God.

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Real-Life Discipleship 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This eye-opening read not only helped me clarify and give direction to my one-on-one discipleship, it also helped me to evaluate my own growth and see where I need support and accountability.
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The_Observer More than 1 year ago
What I like about this book is logical continuity and easiness of steps. I like everything compartmentalized, so this book was just the one I needed - each step is described with details and based on Scriptures as well as Real Life's personal experience with making disciples. Unlike a lot of "How-to" books, Real-Life Discipleship takes the general ideas and breaks them down to help one learn the basics of the system that works - a system that worked for over 2 millennia ever since Christ taught it to His own disciples. Another useful thing about this book is the appendixes that have graphs and tables that help to identify the stages of faith the people are in right now to then help us address their needs more efficiently. Real-Life Discipleship is a good book not only for pastors or those who are "leaders" in our standard understanding. It is also a good manual for the rest of us who are "people attending the Church." Every Christian is a missionary with a mission - to share the Gospel with those God sends our way.
tiffmalloy More than 1 year ago
Real-life Discipleship by Jim Putnam provides an overview of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho. Their whole church centers around making disciples...moving people from spiritually dead to spiritual infants to spiritual young adults to spiritual parents. Each category of people has specific needs. This paradigm helps them to be intentional and thorough in their disciple-making. The book explains each category and gives some ideas of what that group may need in terms of teaching. The pastor is adament that gaining knowledge is only a small part of growing as a disciple. Real growth will happen through real life experiences. In their small groups (this church has over 700 of them), all of them use Bible story-telling as the curriculum for their small groups. Overall this book was a good overview. I think for churches who are looking for a really basic schema to get them started, this may be something to get them started. This overview leaves lots of the details out, which is great, because those details would be ones that specific church leadership should come up with on their own. The chapter I liked best was the one that discussed the characteristics and needs of spiritual young adults. I think that's where most "leaders" are in the church, especially ones my age, and it was helpful in pointing out some weaknesses that we may have. p.s. I received this book free from NavPress through their book bloggers program- thank you!
doaldmurdo More than 1 year ago
This is a book that is subtitled 'building churches that make disciples' for a good reason. Supported by real-life examples that many will identify with and effective and practical strategies and tools to engage people in the church to find their best role, it is a valuable book in reflecting on what we do in churches at the moment, what we could do and what we must do to spread the Gospel. It is impossible to contain current thinking about encouraging gifted leaders or building and strengthening churches within around 200 pages. So what this book does well is outlining in three parts, a mission to identify leaders or disciples, a process to equip disciples and supporting these leaders in their evangelical work. It is practical, Biblically warranted and is well illustrated with experiences the author has had and has had passed to him. In terms of evangelism, any message and method must highlight the holiness of God. It is the prescribed way, the biblical way that pleases and honours God and brings blessing on our efforts. This is a book which supports these criteria and supports the true meaning of 'church' and the true meaning of 'disciple', piety and godliness in a very practical sense. I liked this book because of the emphasis it gave to a practical and involved faith. Many books look at the conceptual stages of spiritual growth and seem detached from where churches find themselves. But this is a practical manual and alongside an accompanying training resource is immersed in what people can do and contribute at different stages of their spiritual journey. The examples used in the book are excellent and it is refreshing to see different age groups used throughout the book to illustrate points. This is a book that increases understanding and is a book that I will return to again. It sets its process out well, takes its warrant from very well selected biblical texts and is an excellent resource for leaders looking to identify others to strengthen and grow their churches - whether in spiritual growth in the membership or by helping people lead others to a saving knowledge. Recommended Highly. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Teresa_Konopka More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to lie--when I first saw this book, I figured I'd gotten myself a pretty cover with some fluff and more of reading what I already knew. Boy was I wrong! This book was very enjoyable and taught me much. Instead of other books that focus on the "stages" that people go through to become Christian (essentially arduous evangelism handbooks), this book focuses on something different. It puts people into groups. There are the spiritually dead and then Christans. Within the Christan group, there are infants, children, young adults, and then parents / adults. The book focuses on how to help each level so they can reach the parent / adult level and disciple others. While other books on evangelism are great, this does not focus on recruiting, because--well--that doesn't always work. Putnam acknowledges the fact that Christians can not control others or sway opinions. As I like to put it, only Jesus can lead others to Jesus. For the nonbelievers, we can lead by example / love and be ready with graceful answers and invitations. If we are asked something we don't know, we should just admit it and promise to get back to the person in a week. For those that already believe but are naive, self-centered, ill-informed, or otherwise lacking, there are ways we can help; this book outlines them. Instead of throwing pamphlets in atheists' faces and shouting turn-or-burn phrases, we should be building up what Christians there are more Christians that really strive to live like Jesus and grow the Church. I could go on and on, but, please, just read this book.
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
Jim Putman's new book, Real- Life Discipleship by Navpress publishers is an informative resource for anyone involved in church leadership. Nevertheless, even for those of us who are not pastors, reverends, ordained ministers or deacons, this book provides some useful and insightful direction into the mission that Jesus has given to each and every one of us, to go everywhere and make disciples of everyone we can. Saving souls is the job of every believer, not just the clergy. According to Putman, there is no "plan B" for saving the millions of spiritually dead souls in the world- it is up to us! Its not enought to save our own souls and attend church we must bring others as well. Nevertheless, the irony is that oftentimes, no matter how well meaning we are, we are often the reason so many unchurched and nonbelievers refuse to place their faith in Christ Jesus. Just as Jesus told to his followers over 2000 years ago, that often time leadership and hypocrites draw people away from the truth. We are called to be the beacons of light, teachers as well as fishers of men! Yes, this book does have a short footnote that laymen- aka the general believer not involved in leadership may benefit from this book. Even so, the obvious intended audience of this work is the active leader in a church whether a pastor or bible study leader or some other type of leader. There is a detailed section where each level of believer is identified and described. This book is remeniscent to a field guide of spiritual maturity, armin the reader with clues and specific information on how to determine an individual's level of spiritual maturity. One can easily spot the spiritually dead from the spiritual infant. With this handy charts, the reader can easily identify a spiritual infant from a spiritual child. And lastly, the distinction between a spirirtual young adult from a spiritual parent is clear enought to enable the church leader to effectively find the most spiritually qualified persons to assume key church leadership roles. A spiritual infant or child can be effectively used in any program for simple volunteer work, but would not be an appropriate choice for leadership roles. In contrast a sporitual young adult is not quite ready to assume a key pastoral role, and this book will help you sort the spiritual young adults from the spiritual parents! This book also has a chapter titles "A Few Warnings" which tells you about the disasterous consequences that may result, if for example, you place a spiritual child in a key leadership role instead of a spiritual parent. As a blogger for Navpress I receieved this book for the purpose of writing this review. I recieved this book at no cost and was not required to write a positive review.