Posted by: Justin Wallace | October 28, 2010

Discipleship Material

What discipleship material do you use?

What has worked?

What didn’t work?

Do you use different material for a freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors?

Do you like more structure or more freedom?

Please share your thoughts.



  1. CCF here in North Carolina searched the world over for discipleship material that we could use. We never came across anything we really liked.

    We define discipleship as a weekly meeting, between two people, where God Word is discussed. We also ask some accountability questions and take time to talk about our weekend, etc.

    But the question remained, what to study. What do students really need to learn about? What are the foundations? We took these questions and assembled our own discipleship material. We call it “The Study.”

    The Study covers the following topics: Who is God (the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit), Things to Know (The Bible, Sin, The Gospel, Cost of Discipleship) and Salvation (Believe, Confess, Repent and Baptism).

    If you’d like to check out an electronic copy or talk more about it, feel free to drop me an email at

  2. We have used Discipleship Essentials by Greg Ogden.

    It’s got 20 or more weekly “lessons” in it…and each lesson contains a core truth, verse(s) to memorize, an in-depth Bible study, and a lengthy reading.

    I really like it. I enjoy having something common to work on with the students. However, it starts to feel like “homework” after awhile. It’s been hit or miss, at best.

    But this workbook has been about the best one I have found.

    (Read the companion book by Ogden, too…called Transforming Discipleship.)

  3. This year at the University of Illinois Springfield we’re trying out Crusade’s Compass material.

    Although I think alot of my best discipleship moments come out of “what is God showing you through His Word?” kinds of meetings, we also wanted to make sure that we were covering a wide range of those foundational issues. Also, having some sort of guide or book to go from helps our young leaders have some tools at hand to use in discipling their peers. So far, it’s been pretty good, and has accomodated different maturity levels. A nice springboard, anyway.

  4. Our church uses “Operation Timothy”. I can’t lie to you; I haven’t really gone through it with anyone. So I don’t have a whole lot of feedback for you.

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