“Christ’s mandate to the church is this: make disciples. Do you have a method?

Dana distills years of Christian leadership into a simple process. This book is a gift to any who wish to live their lives in the likeness of Jesus Christ or help others do the same.”

– Tim McConnell, lead pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Colorado and author of Happy Church

A Clear and Personalized Path for Discipleship

Discipleship can feel like a meandering journey—we don’t know what we want, and none of the programs offered seem to get us anywhere. We need something to orient ourselves, and something to direct our steps toward a clear destination. Simple Discipleship, with its companion assessment tool, offers a plan for discipleship that is tailored to your real life and your personality, and clearly pointed in the way of Jesus.

Most discipleship resources are designed as mass productions—efficient for touching many, but often failing to see individuals grow in Christ. This is the best of both worlds—an assessment tool for your entire church, combined with an achievable, personalized discipling strategy.

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A personalized approach to discipleship is possible, effective, and less labor intensive than running programs. Create a simple path for making disciples.

360 Discipleship Assessment

Each book comes with access to an online discipleship assessment ($15 value). It’s easy for all members of the church to take ownership of their own discipleship and learn where they need to grow as disciple-makers.

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Dana Allin

Rev. Dr. Dana Allin is synod executive for the Covenant Order of Presbyterians (ECO). Dana formerly served as the president of the board of ECO, the pastor of Indian River Presbyterian Church in Fort Pierce, FL, and the pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Lakewood, CA. He is an associate certified coach with the International Coach Federation. He lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Beth, and their three children.

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More Reasons to Read Simple Discipleship

John Ortberg

John Ortberg

The church exists to make disciples. Dana Allin issues here a desperately needed invitation to embrace our assignment with urgent grace and eager hearts. Listen and heed the sound of the trumpet.
pastor and author
Alan Hirsch

Alan Hirsch

As a US denominational leader during a critical time for the church in this nation, Dana fully understands the strategic significance of discipleship for the credibility and authenticity of the movement that claims Jesus as Lord. He knows that the nondiscipleship of the church undermines everything we seek to do. We must correct this deficit or continue to decline. Pay attention!
author of The Forgotten Ways, Untamed, and 5Q
Will Mancini

Will Mancini

If it bothers you that the church in North America is overprogrammed and underdiscipled, start reading this book today. Dana Allin delivers on a clear and compelling way forward in a tool that will invigorate and accelerate real disciple making in your church.
founder of Auxano, author of God Dreams
Jim Singleton

Jim Singleton

Helpful discipleship books are being published every month. But this one is different and rare. This book is linked with a very useful instrument that looks at your spiritual growth through the eyes of yourself and others—a 360-degree view. Defined qualities (eight) and characteristics (twenty-one) of discipleship are listed. Through this book and instrument, a person can begin to assess the strong and stunted areas and find joy in serving and in growth. The best chapter might be the one on how to coach someone through the discipleship process. Don’t miss this one!
director of Mentored Ministry, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Bob Logan

Bob Logan

In Simple Discipleship, Dana Allin brings together two of my favorite topics: coaching and discipleship. His thesis in this book—that discipleship happens primarily through life experiences and relationship rather than listening to sermons and reading books—is absolutely right. He also gives the reader practical tracks to run on: specific qualities and characteristics of a disciple, tips for creating a personalized disciple-making plan, and a path to implementation. Dana is clearly writing from a wealth of experience, and our churches would all be stronger if we followed his lead.
author of The Discipleship Difference and Becoming Barnabas
Rev. Dr. Mehrdad Fatehi

Rev. Dr. Mehrdad Fatehi

Discipleship continues to be one of the biggest challenges of the twenty-first-century church, both in the West and in the East. Simple Discipleship is a clear, passionate, and very practical account of who a disciple is and how to go about making one. It is a beautiful and timely gift to the church of the Master Disciple Maker.
executive director, Pars Theological Centre