For nearly fifty years I have attempted to make disciples who in turn would make more disciples. In all honesty, for years I was more sincere than successful.


But I hung in there. Decade after decade I made changes. Eventually, after working with scores and scores of disciples and writing more than 100 discipleship books, I have come to some important conclusions:


(1) Discipleship is more than a class where you teach through the Bible or a book; rather, it is primarily a deep relationship with a small group of people whom you train to walk intimately with God.

(2) Discipleship is also a process of preparing people to fulfill the great commission of evangelism (soul winning) and edification (soul building) by utilizing three T’s: touching, teaching and training.

(3) Discipleship is not achieved in a short period of time. Learning what you should believe and how you should behave requires a lifetime. Therefore, we suggest all disciples go through every book in “Basic Discipleship.” This will be two years well spent!

For those who wish to go deeper, we urge you to complete “Advanced Discipleship.” This includes a twenty-four month study of every chapter in the New Testament, plus a fifteen month exploration of every major fact in the Bible.

Always keep this truth in mind: Only mature leaders can produce mature disciples. Therefore, determine you will take personal development seriously.


                                                                                                                         STEVE SWIHART

Steve graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree. For twenty years he served as a pastor, and for nine years was both a graduate dean and a Bible professor. For the past fifteen years Steve has worked from his home as a writer, mentor and guest speaker.