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Discover how everyone in your congregation can play a part in your church's mission.
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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I greatly enjoyed reading this book. Jim puts words around several stages of spiritual development that I have wrestled with for years. This book stimulated my thinking in my ways to be more intentional with our discipleship process. The only critique I would offer is using the term "spiritually lost" may be offensive to some who are given this label. I might use a different term to describe those who are pre-disciples.
12/3/2012 4:53:08 PM
Real-Life Discipleship by Jim Putnam is a practical guide for both church leaders as well as others who wish to fulfill the Great Commission that Christ commanded of us as Christians. In this book, Jim Putman describes the New Testament model of discipleship using Biblical and practical concepts and truths put forth in a simple easy to follow guide which includes real life experiences to illustrate each idea and method. Real Life Ministries uses the idea of discipleship through small groups to teach us how to do the same in our own lives and in our churches. The reader is given the model of the spiritual stages of a Christian Life and how to distinguish where we are within that model in order to help us each grow toward fuller maturity as a disciple of Christ as well as to help train others to do so as well. I personally have not totally been convinced about how Biblical it is but it does give one some type of starting point when examining one's own spiritual place or helping someone else find theirs. This book also mentions that Real Life ministries uses Bible storying in a small group as part of their discipleship strategy.
This book is easy to read and follow. It also contains a good balance of scripture, ideas, and examples so that a reader at any maturity level can clearly understand and apply to their own life. All in all, I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about discipleship and how to follow Christ's example and commandment for it. Real-life Discipleship at the very least prods the reader to think about discipleship and makes one consider it more seriously. I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program and I have provided an honest review that is my own.
4/8/2011 12:23:17 AM
An Excellent Manual for Discipleship
Real-Life Discipleship by Jim Putnam is an excellent basic manual for the Christian desiring to disciple others. Though this book is written specifically for church leaders, it is a valuable resource for all believers. Real-Life Discipleship emphasizes the biblical mandate for all Christians to make disciples (the Great Commission) and gives a biblical and practical strategy for how to make it happen.
One of the things I found most helpful in this book was the way Putnam defined the spiritual stages in the life of a Christian and how to minister to believers in each stage. I have witnessed first-hand the various spiritual stages (dead, infant, child, young adult, parent), but I was at a loss for how to minister according to the stage a person is in and how to move them forward in their spiritual maturity. I have read some reviews of Real-Life Discipleship that said the spiritual stages were presented in too strict a manner, verging on legalism. I don't think this is the way it was intended. The descriptions of the spiritual stages are only generalizations and a person may be between stages at any given time. They are given only as an aid to finding where a believer is at in their walk with Christ and how to minister to them right where they are.
The discipleship "game plan" laid out in Real-Life Discipleship is one that has been tried and proven effective at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho - one of the top 100 most influential churches in America. But this is not a manual on how to turn your church into Real Life Ministries. Rather it is a book about discipleship the way Jesus did it. I highly recommend this book.
*I received Real-Life Discipleship by Jim Putnam by request for review from a Mission Frontiers promotion (www.MissionFrontiers.org).
3/21/2011 10:57:56 AM
Every Christian should read this book!
Though Real-Life Discipleship seems to be mainly for church staff, it is not! It also has great value for those of us who attend church - it is a book that I think EVERY CHRISTIAN should read! Jim explains in his intro that "Discipleship is every believer's privilege and responsibility. It is my hope that this book will give you a vision for how Jesus intended to win the world one person at a time and for how He wants to use you to bring change in the lives of people you know." Jim really works at using Jesus' example of discipleship and how the church should be using it as well.
There is so much in this book. I think regardless of your role in the church you will find this book motivating in your walk with Christ. This will be one of those books that will be kept for a long time and used for reference for many years to come. As a caregroup leader I was totally thrilled with this book - I think I knew most of the information in the book, but being a Christian for so long, we sometimes forget how to do it, and to do it with the love we used to do it with! I found myself in this book in many of the examples (and not in a good way LOL) that made me go "Ouch! I've got lots to work on! I was encouraged by it though - it gave me the tools I needed to take a deeper look at my walk and understand what was happening. For example, chapter 9 is on guiding spiritual children - it is full of scripture and steps to walk people through in their relationship with Christ - it makes you question where you fit in the whole relation to your own spiritual walk.
3/1/2011 10:07:24 AM
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Real-Life Discipleship by Jim Putman
This book is an excellent encouragement to simply return to a biblical model of discipleship. It takes a strategic and intentional view without making it impersonal and I think that all Christian leaders could benefit from the principles laid out here.
Putman presents a maturity process in a spiritual growth wheel, and I found it challenging to place myself and others I know on this wheel, highlighting specific ways to encourage others while highlighting my own shortcomings. One thing I really liked about this book was how practical it was – thoroughly recommended.
The only care I’d encourage anyone reading this to take would be to take the suggestions with a pinch of salt. Jim Putman is honest about the fact that his practical examples are from a context in which he knows they will work, and it’s easy to get excited about the specific things he talks about. I’ve had to think quite hard into some of his examples to pull out the keys behind success in discipleship.
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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
1/21/2011 2:20:40 AM