Creating a Discipleship Pathway (Digital Version)

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Creating a Discipleship Pathway is best accomplished with a team that has a passion for helping people in your church connect with the living Christ in ways that will transform their lives. Frankly, because it is an easier and more controllable approach, it might be tempting for a pastor or key lay person to unilaterally take on this project and then try to convince others it is a good thing to do. There are a variety of reasons that this default strategy is not a good idea.

Having a pastor or key lay person add this crucial function to an already full plate of responsibilities risks these outcomes:

It overloads an already busy leader.

It limits the creativity of the process.

It limits the awareness of available resources.

It makes it more difficult to get enthusiastic “buy in” from the congregation.

It makes it harder to get support in building the components of the process.

So, what might a successful team look like? Find out!


This document is intended to provide an overview for developing your own Discipleship Pathway process. While the basic principles for developing such a process are universal, the details and specific strategies you choose will depend on the needs and strengths of your congregation. The overview and individual exercises in these pages are designed to help you bring the principles to life in a way tailored to your unique community.

This guide is a supplement to the material authored by Phil Maynard in his Membership to Discipleship book, and its effective use presumes that team members have read the book and have it readily accessible as they work through this process. If you need help or have questions, please contact us at EMC3.