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Hello, Church!

As we journey together towards becoming a disciple-making church, I hope you’ll find this page, as well as the rest of the resources on this site, useful and edifying to your walk with Jesus.

Our definition of a disciple comes from Matthew 4:19 which says: “And He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men’”.

Therefore, a disciple is someone who is following Jesus, being transformed by Jesus, and joining Jesus in His mission.

As you process your walk with Jesus, here are a few basic diagnostic questions to ask yourself:

  • How’s my “following” going? Am I fully surrendered to Jesus’ agenda for my life? What areas need to be brought into submission?

  • What areas of my life need transformation? What is God teaching me from His Word this week? What am I going to do about it? Who can I share this journey with?

  • Am I engaged in Jesus’ mission to make disciples of all nations? Who am I investing my life in? Who can I pray for this week that needs to know Jesus? Am I joining Jesus in His mission - or am I engaged in “my” mission?

If I can answer any questions or help encourage you in any way, please let me know!

For the Kingdom,
Pastor Brett

2019 Disciple-Making Workshop

The following content was presented live at The Mission Church in Des Moines, IA over a period of four weeks. Each week includes a video of the session, a link to the PowerPoint slides in PDF form, and any additional links or downloads related that the training during that week.

If your church or leadership team would like Brett to lead a workshop at your church, you can contact him here.

Week 1

Brett introduced the “411” which is a training tool for Christians to train other Christians. The 411 answers four questions in one hour on one sheet of paper. The 411 answers the following the questions: 1) Why should we make disciples? 2) Who should I reach? 3) What do I say? 4) When do I start? Participants not only learned the tool but were immediately required to practice the tool and train/teach someone else during the workshop that evening.

Atheist Video with Penn Jilette
3 Circles - Demonstration video
3 Circles App - iOS and Andriod
3 Circles Resources
The 411 - PDF

Week 2

The primary objective of this session was to learn how to turn everyday conversations into spiritual conversations, how to find the right person to disciple, and how to begin discipling someone with simple and reproducible discipleship tools. Brett introduced two simple methods of having conversations and asking good questions that lead to spiritual conversations (S.P.E.A.K. method + 3 Simple Questions about Beliefs).

For knowing who is ready to be discipled, Brett introduced the “F.A.T.” filter. Simply put, you should be looking for people who are Faithful, Available, and Teachable.

For knowing what to do with someone who needs to be discipled, Brett introduced two tools: the Wheel (Navigators) and Leroy Eims’ Training Objectives.

The Art of Spiritual Conversations
Asking Good Spiritual Questions
The Wheel - PDF
Training Objectives - PDF

Week 3

In this session, Brett introduces a few more simple and reproducible discipleship tools that help disciples equip other disciples to obey Jesus. Brett introduced the Commands of Christ, Disciple-Making Essentials bookmark, Bible Study Essentials Worksheet + bookmark, and the Christian Growth Assessment.

Grasping God’s Word by Duvall & Hays

Commands of Christ - PDF
Bible Study Essentials Worksheets - PDF
Disciple-Making Essentials - PDF
Christian Growth Assessment - PDF

Week 4

Due to some technical issues, we were unable to successfully record the video for Week 4. Our apologies. However, below you will find the PDF of the sessions’ PowerPoint slides that should be adequate in communicating the information from this session. In addition to the PowerPoint PDF, you’ll also want to make sure to download the The Reproducible Process + Simple Tools PDF for a detailed outline of what was discussed in the session.

If you have any specific questions about this session, or the workshop in general, please contact Brett Ricley here.

The Reproducible Process + Simple Tools - PDF
Lone Nut Leadership Video
Disciple-Making Movements Video
Multiplication of Disciples Video



PDF Downloads

Commands of Christ Booklet (a booklet to study the commands of Christ for new believers or believers who need to take Jesus’ words more seriously.)

Evangelism 101 (What is the biblical basis for personal evangelism? What should it look like?)

5 Habits of Highly Missional People: B.E.L.L.S (a simple acronym to help you learn some simple ways to begin engaging your relational network wherever you live, work, play, or do business)


The Real Life Discipleship Podcast with Jim Putman

The Disciple-Maker’s Podcast with Bobby Harrington and Discipleship.org

Making Disciples Podcast with Robby Gallaty


Disciple-Making: Share the Word by David Platt
Disciple-Making: Show the Word by David Platt
Disciple-Making: Teach the Word by David Platt
Disciple-Making: Serve the World by David Platt
Making Disciples of All Nations, Pt. 1 by John MacArthur
Making Disciples of All Nations, Pt. 2 by John MacArthur


Free E-Books

Becoming a Disciple-Maker

Evangelism or Discipleship?


Gospel Disciple

Be the Church

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles that Can Really Change Your Family by Paul Tripp

Book Recommendations

What is the Great Commission? by R.C. Sproul
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer
Unscripted: Sharing the Gospel as Life Happens by Dr. Jeff Iorg
Life on Mission by Dustin Willis
The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman
4 Chair Discipling by Dann Spader
Making Disciples by Ralph Moore
Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples by Francis Chan and David Platt
Discipleship Uncomplicated by Warren Haynes
Among Wolves: Disciple-Making in the City by Dhati Lewis
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson
Jesus Christ Disciple-Maker by Bill Hull
The Disciple-Makers Handbook by Bobby Harrington and Josh Patrick
The Lost Art of Making Disciples by Leroy Eims
Radical by David Platt
Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live. by David Platt
Counter Culture: Following Christ in an Anti-Christian Age by David Platt
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Family on Mission by Mike Breen
The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community by Hugh Halter

Disciple-Making in the Home
Parenting: 14 Gospels Principles that Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul Tripp
New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional by Paul Tripp
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sallie Lloyd-Jones
New City Catechism (Children & Adults)
A Gospel Primer for Christians by Milton Vincent
The Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing by C.J. Mahaney