Effective discipleship of Christian believers is often neglected by churches. This course encourages the student to foster a culture of discipleship in their own ministry context. There are several definitions of discipleship which ought to be carefully examined to assist in developing a solid Biblical Theology of discipleship. Although the Apostle Paul does not mention the word, ‘discipleship’ it is evident that it is nevertheless an essential theme in his New Testament writings. This course will assist you in applying the practice of discipleship for your own context in ministry.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Critically discuss various definitions of discipleship.
  • Present a Biblical Theology of discipleship.
  • Synthesize a theology of discipleship with the Pauline epistles.
  • Present a contextualized application of discipleship.
  • Apply concepts regarding discipleship to practical ministry and/or missions.

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: Defining Discipleship
  • Unit 2: A Biblical Theology of Discipleship
  • Unit 3: Synthesizing a Theology of Discipleship with Pauline Theology
  • Unit 4: Contextualizing Discipleship
  • Unit 5: Discipleship for Ministry and/or Missions

Required Reading
Akkerman JR, Maddix MA 2013. Missional Discipleship: Partners in God’s Redemptive Mission. Kansas City: Nazarene Publishing House. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=e093mww&AN=706059&site=ehost-live
Blevins DG, Maddix MA 2013. Discovering Discipleship: Dynamics of Christian Education. Kansas City: Nazarene Publishing House. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=e093mww&AN=561522&site=ehost-live
Bonhoeffer D 1937. The Cost of Discipleship. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. Deffinbaugh B 2004. Discipleship: Its Definitions and Dangers. https://bible.org/seriespage/15-discipleship-its-definitions-and-dangers-matthew-231-12
________ 2004. What Happened to Discipleship in the Epistles? https://bible.org/seriespage/18-what-happened-discipleship-epistles
Horton M 2011. The Gospel Commission: Recovering God’s Strategy for Making Disciples. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic
________ 2009. The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic.
Kurewa JWZ 2018. Introducing Theology to Laity: A Challenge to the Whole Church to Explore God’s Nature. Grand Avenue: Discipleship Resources International.
Light V 2012. Transforming the Church in Africa: A New Contextually-Relevant Discipleship Model. Britain: AuthorHouse.
Nhiwatiwa EK 2011. Labouring Side by Side: The Local Church as the Most Significant Arena for Disciple-Making. Grand Avenue: Discipleship Resources International.
Tyra G 2015. Pursuing Moral Faithfulness: Ethics and Christian Discipleship. Downers Grove: IVP Academic. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=993748&site=ehost-live
Vandenberg M 2009. Bonhoeffer’s Discipleship: Theology for the Purpose of Christian Formation. Calvin Theological Journal 44, no. 2: 333–49.
Vanhoozer KJ 2015. Putting on Christ: Spiritual Formation and the Drama of Discipleship. Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care. 8, no. 2: 147–71. Dallas W 1998. The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering our Hidden Life in God. London: HarperCollins Publishers.
________ 1999. The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives. San Francisco: HarperOne.