Making Disciples
Tony Pullin, CWR, 2014

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What does it say on the tin?

How did Jesus do it?

Jesus’ command in what we now know as the Great Commission is vital to our understanding of our mission today. Explore how important discipleship was to Jesus from the very first moment he said, ‘come, follow me,’ to his command to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ – and how relevant it is to each of us in the twenty-first century.

What do you get?

Large A5 book with questions for group or individual reflection at the end of each chapter:

Part One: Masterclass
1. Meet me in Galilee
2. Early days
3. Learning and growing
4. Stepping out
5. Failure and restoration
6. The anointed servant
7. Can we follow Jesus’ model today?

Part two: A discipling community

1. A culture of grace and blessing
2. A culture shaped by the good news of the kingdom
3. A culture of faithful relationships
4. A culture of Word and Spirit
5. A culture of seeking after God
6. A culture of servant leadership
7. A culture of empowerment and release

Who is it for?

Adult, Growing, small groups.


  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Nicely presented exploration of discipleship and what it might mean both personally and communally. Honest, inspiring and thorough.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Each chapter of the book has a number of reflection questions at the end, which pick up the theme for application.

    How accessible are the leader’s notes?

    It is entirely up to you how you use this book. There are not dedicated leader’s notes. The pattern would be to read the chapter, or chapters, in advance, and then discuss together. Part One reflections are for everyone; Part Two are divided into those for church community, and those for leadership. But the latter could be used by all too – it might be good to think about things from a leadership point of view, especially if that was not your usual view.

    Who could lead it?

    Any member of the group who was confident about turning this into good group engagement.

    How helpful are the participants’ resources?

    All members would need a copy of the book. It is easy to read and accessible in style.

    How good is any digital material?


    How much prep will I have to do?

    Make sure you have read the relevant chapter or chapters in advance.

    Is there website support? Links?


  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    The reflection questions are thought-provoking; it would be up to the group leader to make the most of them.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    This resource is for a literate group who enjoy the chapter-reading/discussion pattern.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    See above.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    The material and the questions should encourage good engagement with life-changing ideas, that may well play out in the church community.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    This is not Bible study per se, but each chapter is built on biblical stories, passages and values.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Pullin bases his whole premise on how Jesus modelled discipling his apprentices. Therefore, the book teems with examples and principles based on what Jesus did.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    This is essentially an exploration of how discipleship might look for us today, based on how Jesus went about it. It includes examples from Pullin’s own experience, and his discovery that it is far more about relationship with God, than formula.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?


  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    Pullin’s honesty is inspiring, as he includes his own journey of discipleship, and the radical difference it made when he stopped trying to do it all himself, and experienced the grace of God which made all the difference.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    Pullin explores concrete principles, as demonstrated by Jesus, of mentoring and the priority of relationships and community. He adds in helpful psychological tools for self-understanding, and works out the implications of some of these.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    This is an holistic but accessible portrait of discipleship that is real, honest and dependent on the grace of God, and the resources of the Holy Spirit.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    An inspiring and grounded look at how to actually follow Jesus in the here and now, both as an individual and as a community of faith.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Implicit in the nature of true discipleship is the willingness and desire to share the good news. Pullin gives us solid ground on which to build our stories of God, in order to share them with others.

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    Great inspiration for a God-honouring and community-blessing community of believers, who are constantly on a journey with Jesus.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Not a focus.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a focus.

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