Insourcing: Bringing Discipleship Back to the Local Church
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Many pastors and leaders are slowly awakening to the reality that current models of ministry just aren't working the way they had hoped they would. Randy's journey as a pastor will encourage you and invite you to consider the effectiveness and fruitfulness of your own church's discipleship efforts.
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Too many of todays pastors and leaders mistakenly think that thriving programs, lively worship services, and relevant preaching are adequate for developing people into the spiritual dynamos God desires. In many churches, the primary objective of the churchdiscipleship of people into mature followers of Jesushas been outsourced to programs and large-scale efforts to train and teach. But is that happening? Are people growing in spiritual depth and missional determination?
Twenty-five years ago, the leaders of Randy Popes rapidly growing church took serious stock of their own spiritual development and realized all of them had benefitted from a personal discipleship relationship that had helped them grow in their faith and discover where God was calling them to service. As a church, they decided to make personal discipleship their do-or-die aim: applying one persons real life to anothers to accomplish something far bigger than that single life. Perimeter calls their approach life-on-life missional discipleship and Insourcing tells their story.
Randy Pope writes for church leaders who recognize the value of discipleship and need practical ideas for reorienting church ministries around personal discipleship. Readers will be encouraged that a wide scale personal discipleship program is attainable for any church.
Randy Pope is the founding and current Pastor of Perimeter Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Perimeter has helped plant twenty-eight churches in the greater Atlanta area and is a founding partner of Unite, a group of over 120 churches from different denominations working together to bring Kingdom transformation to the city of Atlanta. Randy has recently established Life-on-Life Ministries, an organization committed to establishing life-on-life missional discipleship in churches worldwide. Randy is the author of four books, and a graduate of the University of Alabama and Reformed Theological Seminary.
Kitti Murray and her husband, Bill, are part of an urban church plant network in Downtown Atlantas Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, where they also live. Kitti is a mother of four grown sons, three daughters-in-law, and two beautiful grandkids. When not writing, planning events for Apartment Life, or watching her grandbabies, Kitti can be found biking to her favorite coffee shop.
gladdad5 Stars Out Of 5Wow!October 6, 2014gladdadQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Insourcing is an absolute must-read for any believer in Jesus Christ who wishes to grow and mature in his or her faith and impact. It is such an excellent, well-thought-out, wonderfully challenging, eye-opening, practical, thoroughly applicable, life-changing work. No stone is left unturned. It is no exaggeration whatsoever to say that this book left me hungry both to receive and then to give myself to the life-on-life discipleship that Jesus exemplified and that the author lays out so clearly. When I closed the book after reading the last page, I sadly thought, "I have really been spinning my wheels for pretty much the entirety of my life as a believer." I suspect that many of us feel this way; I believe God will greatly use this work to change that for those of us who have been shooting at a target without really knowing what our target should actually be, as the author described early on in the book. Thank you, Mr. Pope, for making Biblical discipleship, which has always seemed so elusive and ambiguous to me, so accessible and understandable. I am deeply grateful for this book; it cannot be recommended too highly. Do yourself and your church a favor by reading and re-reading Insourcing, and by placing it in the hands of your friends and church leadership.
YpderekArkansasAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Good ReadJuly 23, 2013YpderekArkansasAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book was a slow read but the principle is very clear: one on one discipleship is a must in the world today. Churches plan and promote programs and activities but real spiritual growth and health can only be accomplished when individuals dive deep into the Word of God and share life together.
We must create or adopt a process where we consistently train believers to go out and make disciples. This is the purpose of the church
markbrayeTemiskaming Shores, Ontario, CanadaAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5INsourcing for discipleshipJune 21, 2013markbrayeTemiskaming Shores, Ontario, CanadaAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4INsourcing: Bringing Discipleship Back to the Local Church</em> is an excellent book. written by Randy Pope, the founding and current pastor of Perimeter Church in Atlanta, it aims to strengthen discipleship in local churches.
Pope is wonderful storyteller and writer. he writes wonderfully and with the heart of a pastor. practical and relevant stories are told alongside Biblical insight and the importance of discipleship is highlighted.
<em>INsourcing</em> tells the story of what Perimeter calls "life-on-life missional discipleship." this is an approach to discipleship that makes personal discipleship their number one aim. this is their goal.
discipleship and spiritual development is important; it's vital. this is a great book that tells the story of how one church did it... and it gives resources and ideas and thoughts on how discipleship can be brought back to the forefront of the Church's work in the world.
</em>INsourcing<em> is great. it's a must read for pastors and Christians who care about discipleship.
Jill JonesOpelika, ALAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great resource for pastorsJune 7, 2013Jill JonesOpelika, ALAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5According to Chris Ingram, President and Teaching Pastor of Living on the Edge, Christianity is in crisis. Even the most successful churches and programs are not producing mature followers of Christ who lead others to Christ and make disciples. He maintains that life-on-life missional discipleship is missing.
Perimeter Church, over 25 years ago, discovered their personal, life-on-life missional discipleship approach was responsible for the unique spiritual growth in members of the church. "INsourcing" tells its story and shows how they learned to bring discipleship back into the life of the church.
Pope and his wife started discipleship groups with a few committed people. After three years, these committed people started discipleship groups of their own. This model of discipleship suggests that the leader invite members to the group and facilitates group meetings that embrace five fundamental areas including Truth, Equipping, Accountability, Mission and Supplication. Small groups last three years at which time those who are ready will lead their own group.
After more than 25 years, Pope's discipleship model is proven to grow Christians spiritually in the faith and equip them to disciple others. Using examples of a typical small group meeting throughout the book, it's easy to see why this model works so well. Along with the spiritual teaching, a community forms. This community prays for each other, holds each other accountable and lives life together. It fosters unity within the church and develops a strong community of believers who love others.
"INsourcing" is a must-have resource for every pastor seeking to increase spiritual growth in his/her church. It is an invaluable resource for creating small groups in the church community.
Randy Pope is the pastor of Perimeter Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Perimeter has helped plant 28 churches in the Atlanta area and is a founding partner of Unite, a group of more than 120 churches from different denominations working together to bring kingdom transformation to Atlanta. Randy has recently established Life-on-Life Ministries, an organization committed to establishing life-on-life missional discipleship in churches worldwide.
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