Jim Putman in Real-Life Discipleship has taken the discipleship methodology popularized by Dawson Trotman and the Navigators and masterfully brings it into his church, Real-Life Ministries, as its main organizing principle.
The book explains the disciple-making system that Real-Life uses, complete with identifying the characteristics of “infant” or new Christians, their needs, and the church’s way of meeting those needs. The other stages of development of new believers at any age include child, young adult, and parent. By the time someone matures in their faith to become a “parent,” they are “reproducing” and taking a new “infant” in the faith through the same system.
Real-Life Ministries has grown to be a very large church and is proof that the internal leadership development system is working, Putman says that nearly all of their large staff team was trained within the church. He writes, “Every time a church hires from outside, it reinforces to its people that they cannot become what is needed for their own church to succeed.”
Putman has developed a proven system for helping believers to grow in Christ and learn how to help others to do the same. Real-Life Discipleship is a great resource for readers who want to understand and implement that system within their church.