Recommended Reading

All links redirect to RLM Church Training & Devolpment Resources. Descriptions are from Amazon.com, from which all books are available in hardcopy as well as Kindle format.

Church is a Team Sport Church is a Team Sport

by Jim Putman

Church Is a Team Sport shows proven ways to push believers, new and mature, toward growth as both Christians–and leaders. Through this powerful, thought-provoking volume, ministers both in the congregation and on staff will discover how to expand the church one soul at a time. Making disciples is the crux of pastor Jim Putman’s message.
The plan works. Caring for people, following up on stray sheep, and teaching what it means to love God and obey him. That’s how Church Is a Team Sport transforms Christians from Monday-morning quarterbacks into dynamic players.

 

 

 

 

Real-Life DiscipleshipReal-Life Discipleship

by Jim Putman

Real-Life Discipleship explains what should happen in the life of every Christian and in every small group so that the church becomes an army of believers dedicated to seeing the world saved.

With the overriding goal to train disciples who know how to make more disciples, this book offers proven tools and strategies from Real Life Ministries, one of America’s fastest-growing churches.

Discover what the Bible says about true and effective discipleship with these strategies and practices.

 

 

 

 

Real-Life Discipleship Training ManualReal-Life Discipleship Training Manual

by Jim Putman, Avery T. Willis Jr, Brandon Guindon, Bill Krause

This companion training manual to Real-Life Discipleship provides unique guidance and insight to pastors, church leaders, and their disciples as they work to create an effective discipleship program.

With a thorough, results-oriented process that can be applied in other contexts and cultures, this manual explains the necessary components of disciplemaking so that every church member can play a part in reaching others for Christ.

This leader’s resource shows you how to cultivate new leaders for the future and equip them to make disciples.

 

 

 

DiscipleShiftDiscipleShift

by Jim Putman, Bobby Harrington, Robert E. Coleman

Over the last thirty years, many influential church leaders and church planters in America have adopted various models for reaching unchurched people. An ‘attractional’ model will seek to attract people to a local church. Younger leaders may advocate a more ‘missional’ approach, in which believers live and work among unchurched people and intentionally seek to serve like Christ. While each of these approaches have merit, something is still missing, something even more fundamental to the mission of the church: discipleship. Making disciples—helping people to trust and follow Jesus—is the church’s God-given mandate. Devoted disciples attract people outside the church because of the change others see in their Christ-like lives. And discipleship empowers Christians to be more like Christ as they intentionally develop relationship with non-believers. DiscipleShift walks you through five key ‘shifts’ that churches must make to refocus on the biblical mission of discipleship. These intentional changes will attract the world and empower your church members to be salt and light in their communities.

 

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