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Deep Discipleship: How the Church Can Make Whole Disciples of Jesus

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  249 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Everyone is being discipled. The question is: what is discipling us? 
The majority of Christians today are being discipled by popular media, flashy events, and folk theology because churches have neglected their responsibility to make disciples. But the church is not a secondary platform in the mission of God; it is the primary platform God uses to grow people into the i
Hardcover, 213 pages
Published September 29th 2020 by B&H Publishing Groups
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Jared Wilson
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Excellent. Chapter 5 on How Disciples Grow is alone worth the price of the book.
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I’ve read on making fully-formed disciples of Jesus in the local church. We don’t outsource discipleship.
Darrell Bramer
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While this book was really meant for the local church and church leaders... it’s personally challenging in many ways about my own growth in learning - better yet, what am I doing with that learning? How am I disciplining others in my world today?

SPAACE - a great acronym that you’ll learn reading this book!
Colin Fast
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Dang good.
Jesvin Jose
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Let me say upfront: This book is brilliant and deeply convicting! Dr. JT English, who is currently lead pastor of Storyline Fellowship in Arvada, CO, previously served as pastor at the Village Church in Flower Mound, TX, where he founded The Village Church Institute. This book is his urgent plea to the church to not forsake its mission of making “deep” disciples of Christ. These convictions have been tried and tested at The Village Church in Dallas, TX and according to Matt Chandler, “Hundreds a ...more
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really like JT’s focus on Bible literacy and training. It is something I long for in the global church. He gave good illustrations around knowing God and growing from being infants in the faith to mature as adults. I like knowing they currently use this type of training at The Village and it is working. They want more Bible and more theology because God is truly great. It encouraged me to stay the course in women’s Bible study that we don’t always need to be doing something new and different. ...more
Greg Baughman
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
This is a 4 or 5 star book if you are new to the ideas of deep spiritual formation through Christian education. If you have worked in Christian education, have a high view of Christian education as part of spiritual formation, and understand ideas like scope and sequence, this work may be less helpful. That said, it is worth a read for the many practical applications and strategies that English introduces. Additionally, I found the questions at the end of each chapter to be quite helpful. This i ...more
Chris Harrod
Feb 15, 2021 rated it liked it
Solid and practical encouragements and advice. Much of the book advocated for churches taking back learning-centric environments (like Sunday school) that should go along with emphasis on community (community groups) and treating it as a both/and rather than either/or.

The heart of the book is that God has infinite depth and disciples should always be seeking to go deeper in Him, and when we do that, we disciple our brothers and sisters and we share with people outside the church. Nothing ground
Peter LeDuc
A cogent critique of modern evangelicalism.
This is the most straightforward and practical philosophy of ministry I have ever read. He challenges the bare-minimum status quo of discipleship and calls us to a counter-cultural, counter-intuitive way of forming whole disciples of Christ in the context of the local church. It's all about making, maturing, multiplying, and mobilizing disciples in the church and community by raising the bar.
A must read.
Alastair Gooderham
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book which challenges us about our culture of discipleship in churches. Asks probing question as the end of each chapter, encourages us to ask more of people not lower the bar. And to invest in training everyone. Even gives a chapter to scaleability for smaller churches. Really thought provoking and will prompt hours of fruitful discussion in leadership teams.
Danny Pelichowski
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? The best book on the philosophy and practice of discipleship on the local church I’ve read! It is thought provoking and practical and will help bolster your current discipleship ministry and even inspire new ideas and practices as well. A must read for all pastors and church leaders!
Molly Hartmann
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: work
Really enjoyed this read. Great thoughts and questions on how to approach discipleship in a church context - but also loved how easy it made it to look practically, create a plan, and implement some nuggets from the book
Josh Slater
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Get it. Read it. Apply it.
Hunter Newton
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of book that the Church has needed for a long time.
Bennett Rutherford
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Probably more suited for church leaders than laypeople, but I enjoyed the holistic approach to discipleship strategy. His commentary on “self-centered discipleship” was fantastic.
Troy Solava
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Where to start implementing this book?? JT described the state of many churches, the antidote, and the strategy to deliver the antidote. Definitely recommend this book to all church leaders.
Susan Cady
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and practical!

I could not put this book down! Excellent, practical and inspiring. Can’t wait to put this into practice in my church.
Tom Marshall
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I was almost convinced that Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund was going to be my favorite book of the year, but *Deep Discipleship* by J.T. English gives it a run for that spot. Having facilitated Bible studies and small groups for years, I’m especially interested in discipleship and spiritual growth. *Deep Discipleship* diagnoses the churches’ discipleship problem and reframes key questions to point us to solutions that will grow deep followers of Christ.

### What’s The Problem

English starts the
Bart McNaughton
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Very practical and helpful. Looking forward to implementing what he says in the book into the culture of our church.
Amber Thiessen
If you’re a ministry leader, this book is for you!

Discipleship is central to the growth of a Christian. This book helps guide you through what discipleship is, it’s importance in the life of the church and always to incorporate discipleship in the life of the church.

This book is important for churches as we lead and teach, it provides us with a way to navigate priorities in discipleship and develop cultures is discipleship in our gathering communities. Even for the lay person, discipleship is
Jason Park
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-in-2020, arcs
The church can no longer outsource its disciple-making, writes J.T. English in his new book. "If we are not making disciples in the church, we will never make disciples among the nations." My review: ...more
Mark Warnock
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
J.T. English and I met in the Ph.D program at SBTS, and I got to know him over periodic lunches together in Louisville. We wound up performing similar roles in discipleship / leadership development at significant churches in different areas of the country. Since I'm a practitioner in the area he's writing, I picked up his book with great eagerness.

In short, Deep Discipleship is a five-star book. English correctly identifies the crisis of discipleship. Evangelicals have emerged from a generation-
Laura Icardi
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a lay-leader at my church, I found this book to be refreshing, convicting, challenging, and inspiring. I immediately emailed my pastors and elders and encouraged them to buy the book, read it, and talk about how our church can benefit from it. I love that JT says that discipleship requires community and learning, and too often our churches focus too heavily on one or the other (usually community). You must have BOTH! And he lays out a case for a robust learning environment that any church of ...more
Mar 05, 2021 marked it as to-read
J.T. English has become one of my favorite people to glean from these last few years, so I was excited when I saw that he was coming out with this book! It did not disappoint! It’s been said that anyone can point out a problem – that’s just complaining – but offering solutions is what’s needed. In this new book, J.T. English helps us rightly diagnose the discipleship disease plaguing our churches and offers a practical vision for discipling every member of the church - inviting them deeper for m ...more
This book is excellent serving as a call to both the church and the saints to focus on intentional discipleship. English outlines how we need both structured community and learning environments within the church so that all the saints are encouraged to learn and disciple others.

English outlines the three areas that he believes are important from a structured learning context: Bible study, Christian principles and spiritual habits plus provides examples on what such might look like from his own c
Laney Mills
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would highly recommend this book to anyone desiring to reenvision and bolster their understanding of discipleship in the life of local church. Practical and relevant to the current struggles faced by the local church, English exhorts believers to see that discipleship isn’t an optional ministry on the fringe of the local church; instead, it is a responsibility to be joyfully owned by the local church. His diagnosis of the “discipleship disease” currently assailing the church in the West is spo ...more
Bennett Cox
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the book. Although I can tell it is geared for those more in church leadership, as a lay member I found it helpful for implementing practical ways I can grow in my discipleship as I also encourage those in membership with me. In the end he illustrated how Christ discipled, validating his points. I appreciated how he views it more as a guide than an absolute “my way or the highway”. Some things must be absolute, and he hits those well and even offers the reader a chance to analyz ...more
Donovan Moritz
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
I had been anticipating this book since JT announced it awhile back and it surely did not disappoint. The contents within these pages are incredibly helpful, practical, and Christ-centered. He accurately names the discipleship dilemma facing the local church and offers realistic solutions to see discipleship realized through the context of the local church, regardless of size, budget, or staffing. This is honesty one of my favorite reads this year and could not recommend it enough, to ministry l ...more
Elisha Lawrence
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
We aren't asking too much of Christians, but too little. In seeking to be organic, churches haven't given clear paths and expectations on how to actually grow deeper in Christ. It is helpful to give clear pathways to help people grow. This book was at the right time and the right place for my church. Very grateful for the clarity and specificity it gives. What excites me about it is that it fits closely with many things we are already doing in discipleship, but enhances and gives greater detail ...more
Will O'kelley
Once again, I had to go back and edit a review. This book grew on me a lot towards the second half. It's a very practical, scripturally based handbook for making disciples. I felt the author created a few false dichotomies (like when he counterposed "self-actualization" with the Christian life, which he described as basically a life of 'self-sacrifice;' I don't think these things are opposites unless we adopt the idea that the "self"--even the Christian self--is evil). Other than that though, th ...more
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