The Balanced Discipleship Plan

The goal of every group leader is to make mature disciples. The Balanced Discipleship Plan can help. This researched-based strategy features seven important discipleship categories. Simply map out a plan by choosing a study from each of these categories over the course of a year and you will ensure your group is taking a balanced approach to attaining spiritual maturity.

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See our At A Glance Catalog for an entire listing of our Bible Studies by Balanced Discipleship categories.

Obey God and Deny Self

Discipleship is the process of obedience to the One who is in authority over us. Transformation can be seen when we progressively set aside earthly delights for kingdom priorities. Resources in this category push disciples into a greater understanding of their identity in Christ.

Engage with Scripture

When it's the Bible that sharpens our minds, shapes our perspectives, and directs our actions, spiritual maturity naturally follows. Resources in this category facilitate transformation most directly through Engage with Scripture.

Seek God

Transformation takes place when our desire is to know God more deeply and experience His work more fully. Resources in this category are intended to drive group members into a deeper relationship with God.

Build Relationships

Our horizontal relationships should develop just as our vertical relationship with God does. Transformation is occurring when relational maturity is evident in our lives. Resources in this category focus primarily on the redemptive aspects of community and how to root relationships in the gospel.

Exercise Faith

Transformation is seen in believers when risk-aversion is set aside and our lives are characterized by faithful obedience to God's will. Resources in this category help believers in areas of faith and trust that God will finish the work He has begun.

Share Christ/Live Unashamed

Inherent in being a disciple of Christ is the making of other disciples. Transformation is evident in believers as they verbalize their faith and talk with others about the source of it. Resources in this category offer a greater sense of evangelism, elevating the command to go forth and make disciples of our neighbors and the nations.

Serve God and Others

Transformation is evident when personal needs and even dreams are set aside for the needs we see in others. Resources in this category espouse a deeper resolve toward missionality.