How do you form intentional disciples?

Sherry Weddell’s book “Forming Intentional Disciples” (OSV, $16.95) is, I think, one of the most important Catholic books of this decade….5 steps to becoming an intentional disciple

  1. Step 1: Initial trust.
  2. Step 2: Spiritual curiosity.
  3. Step 3: Spiritual openness.
  4. Step 4: Spiritual seeking.
  5. Step 5: Intentional discipleship.

What is discipleship formation?

Spiritual formation focuses on the deepening of one’s relationship with God. Discipleship focuses on the maturing of one’s faith in the context of the particular beliefs and values of a faith community. Disciplers are respected and spiritually mature mentors and leaders in a faith community.

What does intentional discipleship mean?

Intentional discipleship is loving people with purpose, teaching them the Word of God, helping them grow in spiritual disciplines, and leading them into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Christian discipleship is not meant to put the pressure on us to convict or to save people, only the Holy Spirit can do that.

What’s the meaning of discipleship?

Discipleship in the Christian sense is the process of making someone become like Christ. The disciple of Christ is to become like Christ in everything. The primary purpose of Jesus’ coming to the world was to establish the kingdom of God through his death.

What is the difference between evangelism and discipleship?

Discipleship and evangelism are both Biblical concepts. They differ because they focus on different levels of spiritual growth. Both discipleship and evangelism spread the Gospel of Christ. Evangelism is typically used with unbelievers, while discipleship is used for both unbelievers and the development of believers.

What is the spiritual formation movement?

The spiritual formation movement has persistently argued for the value of silence, solitude, contemplation, meditation, and prayer. It has sug- gested that disciplines of abstinence are essential to a healthy spiritual life.

What is the cause of Jesus discipleship?

The key purpose of discipleship is to help you understand who Jesus is and how you can be like Him. Without Jesus, you cannot know how to be a disciple, get discipled, or disciple others. Jesus is perfect. He came to earth fully God and fully man and dwelt among us.

What is the spiritual meaning of discipleship?

Discipleship, in the Christian sense, means to follow Jesus Christ. Everything involved in discipleship is spelled out in the Bible, but in today’s world, that path is not an easy one.

What is the purpose of forming intentional disciples?

“Forming Intentional Disciples” is intended to change the direction of discipleship within the Catholic Church. It provides pastoral leaders with a conceptual framework and a proven roadmap for forming disciples and providing a practical path to evangelization.

What does Junius B Dotson say about discipleship?

Junius B. Dotson says that churches cannot do the hard and intentional work of making disciples unless they are clear about what a disciple is and how disciples are formed. He outlines the key characteristics of a more intentional system for forming disciples.

Where can I download an intentional discipleship system?

This material is adapted from Developing an Intentional Discipleship System: A Guide for Congregations by Junius Dotson, published by Discipleship Ministries, and available as a free download at

Which is the best book for intentional disciples?

Sherry Weddell’s book “Forming Intentional Disciples” (OSV, $16.95) is, I think, one of the most important Catholic books of this decade.