The iFollow Discipleship Resource
“Finally: a discipleship training resource that pastors can really trust.”
The new discipleship training resource, called iFollow, has been developed specifically for Adventist congregations, and it responds to both a serious and growing demand for practical, reliable discipleship training.
As one pastor said to us, recently, “I’ve been baptizing people every year, but as we did an assessment of our membership, we found that many of those we baptized are no longer attending, and far too many of those we still have-including many who have been with us for years-are ‘baby Christians.’ We need help for keeping our new members and for helping our established members grow in Christ.”
This site is dedicated to introducing and providing convenient access to iFollow. It is our gift to pastors and other local church leaders, along with all others who are engaged in helping believers grow in Christ, through a personal devotional life, fellowship within the faith community, and a ministry of service to their broader communities.
There are three essential components to iFollow:
- First, there is a searchable DVD with over 100 discipleship curriculum units, designed to support discipleship training in the local congregation. Pastor’s DVD #18 has been years in the development, and offers unique features that enable you to customize your training to your congregation. If you didn’t receive your free copy, you can purchase copies at a discounted price at AdventSource.
- Then, to increase access and convenience, everything on the DVD is also repeated on this website, along with great additional content and services, so if you prefer to download materials or to have your members use them directly on the web, you don’t require additional copies of the DVD.
- The final key component to iFollow is a series of discipleship training books, available at AdventSource, and specifically designed and priced to facilitate small-group use. These books make it possible for any church of any size to do discipleship training “in a box,” and have the assurance of on-going tools that will be continually refreshed.
We urge you to become part of our R&D effort, using the lessons on the DVD (or on this site) or reading one or more of the books in your small group discipleship training setting, and then telling us how it worked for you. One head elder recently said to us: “I’ve read three of the books and I want all my elders reading them, so that we can lead an effort to do discipleship training throughout the congregation.” Please use our “Contact Us” line at the top of the page to share your insights. We promise to take seriously what you have to say, in our constant effort to make the resource better.
To know more about iFollow, just visit the various parts of our site. You can download a specific topic for discipleship training, for example, to review at your leisure, or try out. You can also look at current and upcoming book titles for a theme that captures your imagination-or to link to a site where you can order them, with quantity discounts. In addition, you can read some of the previous articles linked on this page, where we’ve been exploring the overall iFollow concept at our “Best Practices for Adventist Ministry” site. Lastly, feel free to visit the iFollow blog posts on the About iFollow page, just look for the blog icon in the upper left hand corner.
Thank you for your interest in discipleship training.
Director of the NAD Church Resource Center
and Executive Editor, iFollow.