Basics of Faith Formation


“Go and make disciples…”

Famous words of Jesus. Similarly, the mission of The United Methodist Church is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” More than a commandment the church follows, disciple making is at the heart of who the church is. Churches equip Christians to discover their “why” of discipleship through providing opportunities for growth. Church staff and ministry leaders, or faith formation leaders, are on the front lines of discipleship formation.

This booklet, in conjunction with other intentional discipleship system resources, seeks to offer faith formation leaders guidance in this task of making disciples. As we’ll see, discipleship is not an individual activity. By virtue of our baptism, we are called into a community of believers. Thus, being a disciple includes personal responsibilities and the invitation into the wider world that God loves.

35 pages.

REV. JUNIUS B. DOTSON is a dynamic preacher, public speaker, church planter, and a recognized visionary leader in church revitalization. He is the General Secretary (Chief Executive Officer) of Discipleship Ministries, an international agency of The United Methodist Church. He was instrumental in growing and transforming St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, a 3,500-member church, into a multi-campus congregation in Wichita, KS.

He is also the author of Developing An Intentional Discipleship System and Engaging Your Community: A Guide to Seeing All the People.