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Insourcing: Bringing Discipleship Back to the Local Church

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Too many of today s 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 church discipleship of people into mature followers of Jesus has been outsourced to programs and large-scale efforts to ...more
Kindle Edition, 214 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by Zondervan
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Shane
May 06, 2013 Shane rated it liked it
It's basically advocating the small group model used by Perimeter Church outside of Atlanta, GA. I found Community by Brad House to be a better resource for the pastor/church leader considering what small groups could/should be. "Community" aides the reader in identifying some of the important questions/assumptions that should be addressed/considered. "Insourcing" is more about why the favored model is a good model, without necessarily addressing, or even mentioning, its shortcomings. So the ...more
James
May 17, 2013 James rated it did not like it
Jon Stephens
Jun 07, 2013 Jon Stephens rated it it was amazing
INsourcing: Bringing Discipleship Back to the Local Church is written by Randy Pope, the founding and current pastor of Perimeter Church in Atlanta, Georgia. The book is part "how to", but primarily it is a telling of the story of how Perimeter Church has taken the call of discipleship seriously and in the owning of the Great Commission, they have transformed the very fabric of their church.

I was embarrassed reading this book in realizing just how complicated we make discipleship sometimes and o
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Jennifer Radtke
Aug 01, 2013 Jennifer Radtke rated it it was amazing
While scanning through Booksneeze for my latest book, I spied Insourcing by Randy Pope. I read the little advertising for it:
Too many of today’s 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 church---discipleship of people into mature followers of Jesus---has been “outsourced” to programs and large-scale efforts t
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Kate
Jan 26, 2014 Kate rated it it was amazing
I give five stars to books that are at the very top of their genre. And this is about the best book on discipleship I have ever read.

Randy Pope is the pastor of Perimeter Church in Atlanta. I knew that their church was not just a big church, but also had a vision for church planting and has been effective at reaching out to their community in a variety of practical ways. But the thing is that this book isn't just another big-church description of how ministry could be done or should be done. It
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Roger Leonhardt
Jul 23, 2013 Roger Leonhardt rated it really liked it
Discipleship is a word you don't hear much today. That in itself is a sad fact. Even though people change, the gospel does not. If we needed discipleship 20 years ago, we still need it today.

Randy Pope has given us an easy-to-read instruction manual for what he calls "Life-on-life missional discipleship". He shows that need for accountability is as important as doctrine and worship. Without someone to stand alongside us, we can easily fall into sin.

In the past we have witnessed leaders from larg
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Matt B.
Jul 23, 2013 Matt B. rated it really liked it
In the book "Insourcing", Randy Pope describes a discipleship method he refers to as "Life On Life Missional Discipleship", or LOLMP for short. This method differs from what Randy sees as the "traditional" small group discipleship method as it sits more specifically between the areas of connection via small groups and the acts of missions in our lives through work and play. If nothing else, it can be viewed as a much more intentional and specific discipleship method, with both aspects of ...more
Mike Jorgensen
Apr 19, 2016 Mike Jorgensen rated it liked it
Gave this a little bit faster read than I would have liked, but got more than the basic gist. I agree with the thrust of the book. I think it is always difficult for successful pastors to re-trace their steps, but Randy has done a good job of extracting principles. The approach is balanced, realistic, and not number-centered. As such it rises above many comparable books on the same topic. Ideally, I would have liked a little more time spent on discipleship content than purely methodological. ...more
Harriette
Jul 01, 2014 Harriette rated it really liked it
Making disciples, i.e. mature believers, is something evangelical churches in North America are not so good at. Randy Pope shares how his church in Atlanta, Georgia moved beyond other models of "doing church": pastoral (one pastor: simple, traditional, maintenance oriented), attractional (trying to reach seekers through slick programs, inside the building), and influential (mission, outreach to least, last, lost). Instead they have a "Life-on-Life Missional Discipleship" Model. It combines head, ...more
Reid
Jan 01, 2016 Reid rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christians who want a methodology in discipleship vs a haphazard approach
"Bringing Discipleship Back to the Church" is the tagline. The thesis of the book is that much of Christianity is 'told' but not 'trained'. That is churches and individuals see people come to Christ and hope these new believers somehow just 'get it' after a number of years of hanging around.

Pope wants to bring discipleship and the maturing of believers back to the church (not leave it to parachurch ministries, although they are good) ---
This is done through 'life on life missional discipleship'
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B.j. Milgate
Jul 11, 2014 B.j. Milgate rated it really liked it
Overall a really excellent and helpful book. I thought the sections which give you examples of journey groups in action were a bit unnecessary and cumbersome. If your church is planning to use and apply the journey curriculum than they may be helpful sections, otherwise I think you can skip them and not lose the overall points. Just the same, there is a lot to learn here on how discipleship can practically work in the church and I would recommend this book.
Jason Brubaker
Dec 02, 2013 Jason Brubaker rated it really liked it
My pastor wrote this and I'm so thankful he put what we do at Perimeter on paper as an example of what is possible for the Church. We don't do things perfectly at Perimeter but I can attest that this book isn't just lip service. Randy's passion is discipleship and is evidenced by his personally leading his own group every year for over 40 years. If you are a church leader seeking to move out of a small group model that isn't producing disciples please consider this book.
Nate Walker
Jun 10, 2014 Nate Walker rated it liked it
Probably more of a 3.5. Inspiring book on beginning the slow, long-range vision, of life on life discipleship. Many practical lessons can be learned here for those just starting this kind of work, as Pope has decades of experience to learn from mistakes and successes.
Gary Paulson
Jul 25, 2016 Gary Paulson marked it as to-read
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Aaron Van Fleet
Jul 06, 2015 Aaron Van Fleet rated it liked it
Great on group discipleship. Practical and relevant.
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