How do you describe the disciplemaking process?

Recently I was listening to a podcast that was focused on the priority of making disciples. I liked the way the disciplemaking process was described…

“Apprenticing others into the likeness of Jesus.”

Unless you are involved in a trade, the apprenticeship process may not be familiar to you. Yet the image of being an apprentice conveys many ideas of disciplemaking.


c.1300, from O.Fr. aprentiz “someone learning” (13c.), from apprendre (Mod. Fr. apprendre)

“to learn, teach,”contracted from Latin apprehendere

(Dictionary.com. Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/apprentice
accessed: June 26, 2012)

1. An apprentice is a learner. A disciple of Jesus is one who learns from Jesus!
2. An apprentice is a follower. A disciple of Jesus is one who follows in the footsteps of Jesus.

But more than just learning from Jesus or following Jesus – a disciplemaker is actually “apprenticing others into the likeness of Jesus.”

Today’s Missional Challenge

Consider how you are you apprenticing others to become like Jesus.

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