Introduction to Discipleship

This unit introduces biblically grounded and culturally adapted approaches to following Jesus in the contemporary context. It investigates theories and practices of discipleship, spiritual transformation and disciple making for the 21st century. Beginning with the biblical basis it proceeds to considering disciple making as a lifestyle, the influence of society and culture on discipleship, the role of spiritual practices in the maturity and development of a disciple, a strategy for disciple making in the local congregation. It also focuses on moving from personal growth to community transformation.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline


Credit Points




Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. analyse the Biblical material and theological issues relating to discipleship
  2. explain why and how different approaches to making disciples are employed in differing cultural and contextual situations.
  3. explain the role and place of a disciple in the public arena
  4. develop a discipleship pathway for a given setting
  5. reflect upon the foundational importance and practical application of discipleship to Christian life and ministry
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