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4 DS101 Discipleship

Course Description

A systematic approach to making Christlike disciples will enable students to learn steps to discipleship, how to identify where persons are in their growth in Christ, and how to help people grow at each level.

The ability for students to disciple someone who also disciples someone is the measure of ministry success. Students will demonstrate the ability to form a group from non-believers. Practical application will be made in the classroom in small groups and in students’ faith community. Students will explain in what ways we are able to be like Christ and in what ways we are not able to be like Christ. Students will be able to compare and contrast at least two discipleship methods. Means and methods for creating a new discipleship pattern will be taught to students so they are able to adapt to their own context if a new model is appropriate. The student will be able to list key elements that a disciple is able to do.

Course Rational

Making Christlike disciples is the core mission of the Church of the Nazarene. Many systems have been designed to help with this process. Courses that try to do an overview of various methods do not go deep enough for the student to understand why the system actual works. It is necessary to examine a model with enough depth to understand it well and then allow students to branch out and modify, adopt, or create a different method as necessary. Putman’s approach is translatable and simple enough to be easily grasped with no “secret” or “special” elements. This course may be taught over the period of several months to a year.

Program Outcomes


CN-12 Ability to explain the structure and mission of the Church of the Nazarene from both historical and current perspectives.

CN-20 Ability to explain the core values of the Church of the Nazarene and its global and local implementation.


CP-4 Ability to communicate the Gospel in biblical and relevant ways both in public and private settings.

CP-9 Ability to organize, promote, and implement discipleship for all.


CH-1 Ability to find, understand and utilize resources for one’s own spiritual growth in prayer, Bible study, and personal devotion with the goal of becoming like Christ.


CX-5 Ability to use and develop missional and cross-cultural principles.

CX-8 Ability to understand and relate the relevance of Christ’s mission, ministry, and message for the context in which they find themselves.

Activity Outcomes


ACC-1 Demonstrate a Christ-like character of submission, integrity and love in all relationships.

ACC-3 Explain how Christ’s submission to the Father is the example for submission within human relationships.

Continuing Education

CED-1 Develop the mind of Christ through growing closer to God, studying God’s Word, the needs of the cultural context, and ways to help others grow spiritually.

Counsel – Listen

CON-1 Demonstrate the character qualities of Christ essential in creating an effective counseling relationship built on biblical foundations.


DIS-1 Identify the qualities of a disciple as Christ taught and determine ways in one’s personal life to apply these qualities.

DIS-2 Testify each week to love by putting the needs of someone else ahead of their own.

DIS-5 Explain the essential concepts of discipleship: what is a disciple, how to be a disciple, why would a person become a disciple, and how to make more disciples

DIS-7 Identify holiness materials useful to congregations including classical Christian literature, audio, video (or other media) to assist their regular spiritual growth.

DIS-9 Describe the difference between a “works salvation” and the obedience that proceeds from faith.

Discipline Personal and Family

DPF-1 Demonstrate Christlikeness by developing an activity that prioritizes discipling the whole family. If married, have family devotions and plan for their family to be involved in ministry activities. Develop and demonstrate an effective system for personal spiritual development, holistic personal care, and articulate the importance of accountability for these.

DPF-3 Explain how local family expectations impacts or shapes ministry in their culture, how their words and actions impact another person’s feelings of self-worth, and demonstrate a practical application that shows the Biblical understanding of the importance of the spouse and family.


EVA-5 Demonstrate intentionally building and modeling strong and honest relationships with non-believers; praying for the not yet saved and teaching others to do the same; bringing grace into others’ lives through helping to meet felt needs and being an example of righteous living. Explain how to present Christ’s claims on a person.

Personal Spiritual Development (Holiness)

HOL-2 Identify spiritual development practices that speak most to the students in their own spiritual growth. Explain that what the Holy Spirit has shown them will need to change in their own lives to make them more like Christ (PS 139). Prepare a testimony about their personal experience of entire sanctification and deliver it in a non- academic environment. Students who are uncertain of their current experience should clearly identify where they understand themselves to be in that journey, and what steps they are taking to embrace the experience of heart holiness.

HOL-7 Identify key people and events in relation to Jesus’ ministry in the Gospels and explain how these model the types of responses Christians today should or should not have in becoming like Christ.


LEA-7 Explain the benefits of mentoring from a biblical and theological perspective, the goals and purpose, the selection process for mentoring (prayer, issues such as gender and age); and the difference between formal and informal mentoring. Explain the role of evaluating and accountability in the mentoring relationship and the difference between a friend and a mentor.


PRA-1 Model the prayers of Christ and His relationship to the Father through a strong passion for a life of prayer shown by devoting time to prayer and keeping a prayer journal, including a list of lost people for whom God has made them responsible.

PRA-3 Explain why we need to pray and the difference between occasional prayer and unceasing prayer. Explain how to teach their congregation to pray, using OT and NT examples to produce passion in prayer.

Content 29%
Competency 28%
Character 21%
Context 22%

Course Texts

The Bible

Maddix, Mark, and Jay Akkerman. Missional Discipleship: Partners in God’s Redemptive Mission. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2013.

Putman, Jim. Real-Life Discipleship: Building Churches that Make Disciples. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2010.

Zweigle, Grant. Video: “We Make Disciples.” Available online at https://www.whdl.org/we-make-disciples.

These resources are available at the Wesleyan Holiness Digital Library (www.whdl.org):

González, David, and Patricia Picavea. High Voltage: Discipleship Lessons for Youth.

Stevens, Woody. Wesleyan Foundations of the Master’s Plan.

Bartle, Neville. Following Jesus.

Other resources are available at http://www.thediscipleshipplace.org.

Course Requirements

  1. The local school’s attendance policy should be placed here.
  2. Bible Reading and Prayer Journal: Students should read through the Bible as designated in the Master Plan for Bible Reading in the Course of Study. For this course, students will read Genesis 40 – Leviticus 22 – Numbers 26 and Mark 11 – Luke 3. The focus of the Scripture reading for this course will be on encountering the Holy Spirit through prayer. In addition to reading the Scripture noted above, students will spend at least one hour per week in prayer. Each week, students should choose one different issue in which God is changing them and choose one different person for whom to intercede before God and makes these two things the focus of the prayer time. At the close of the week, students should write an entry into their journal at least one paragraph of 200 words about their experience.

(Outcomes CH-1, CED-1, DIS-1, DIS-2, DPF-1, PRA-1)

  1. Short Essay: Students will use the Bible, course reading materials, interviews with pastors and lay people, and other research to write a 2 to 3 page paper answering the question, What is a Disciple? The paper should be divided into two parts: the first part gives references and key thoughts from the Bible, and the second half gives the input from other people.

(Outcomes CON-1, ACC-3, DIS-1, DIS-5, DIS-9, HOL-7, LEA-7)

  1. Spiritual Gifts Inventory and Reflection: Students will discover their spiritual gifts and reflect on how God can use these in making disciples. A spiritual gifts inventory/test can be used for this exercise. This can be shared in a small group, a written paper, or in a class presentation.

(Outcomes CH-1, DIS-5, HOL-2, PRA-3)

  1. Community Contact: Students will work in pairs to develop a plan of discipleship. The first step is for students to go out into the community and interview at least five people (students, residents, business owners, people in the markets). This can include one family member. Based on this experience, students should write a 1-2 page reflection on the spiritual needs of the people who live around them. As an alternative or in addition, students can give an oral report back to the class.

(Outcomes CP-4, CP-9, CX-5, ACC-1, CON-1)

  1. Church Analysis: Students will work in pairs to interview people in a local church; this can include the pastor, board members, or other lay people in the fellowship (use appropriate care when meeting with children or youth, with another adult present). Students need to assess the spiritual needs of the church and if any discipleship program is addressing these needs. Based on this experience, students will develop a plan for how the church can implement a discipleship program to reach its community and help its members mature into Christlikeness. This plan should be in give in a 3-4 page paper. As an alternative, students can give an oral presentation to the class about their plan.

(Outcomes CN-12, CN-20, CP-9, CX-8, ACC-3, CON-1, DIS-1, DIS-5, DPF-1, DPF-3, EVA-5, LEA-7)

Course Assessment

Class Journal                          10 %

Essay                                      25 %

Spiritual Gifts Inventory          10 %

Community Contact                20 %

Church Analysis and Plan      35 %

Grading Policy

A          90-100%

B          80-89%

C         70-79%

D         60-69%

45-59%           (Passable for the certificate level and toward the requirements for being ordained in the Church of the Nazarene)

If a student marks a final grade lower than 45% he or she must take the course again for credit at the diploma level.

Course Outline

  1. A heart to make disciples
  2. What is a disciple?
  3. How disciples grow
  4. Three keys to making disciples
  5. How to be an intentional leader
  6. A closer look at a relational environment
  7. A closer look at the reproducible process
  8. Sharing: Being intentional with the spiritually dead and spiritual infants
  9. Connect: Helping spiritual children grow
  10. Minister: Helping Young Adults help others
  11. Disciple: Being intentional with spiritual parents
  12. One necessary tool: a small-group curriculum