Discipleship is an essential function of the church. It’s the mission that Jesus left us with when He raised from the dead and ascended to the Father: “Go into all the world and make disciples.” As disciples of Jesus, an important part of our job description is being disciple-makers.

But discipleship is a weak spot in many churches today. We all know that we’re called to make disciples, but we often feel paralyzed because we don’t know exactly what that ought to look like. We don’t know where to begin.

MultiplyTo address this problem, I have been working together with our Founder, Francis Chan, and David Platt to produce disciple-making material that anyone anywhere can use for free. It’s called Multiply. Basically, the material is designed for ordinary Christians who want to help other people follow Jesus. It consists of six parts: Living as a Disciple Maker, Living as the Church, How to Study the Bible, Understanding the Old Testament, Understanding the New Testament, Helping People Change.

We believe that this type of material will help the church better fulfill its mission by equipping Christians to come together, study God’s word, and effectively minister to the hurting people around them (and around the world). The best part is, the whole thing is free. It’s meant to be passed on, linked to, and used in any way that will strengthen the local church.

You can access the Multiply material here: multiplymovement.com.

Update: Since I first posted this, Multiply has been published in book form. You can still access all of the material for free using the link above (you can also watch videos of Francis Chan and David Platt discussing the material), or you can order it in book form here (many people don’t like to read books on their computer screens). 

 

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Mark Beuving

Mark Beuving currently serves as Associate Pastor at Creekside Church in Rocklin, CA. Prior to going back into pastoral ministry, Mark spent ten years on staff at Eternity Bible College as a Campus Pastor, Dean of Students, and then Associate Professor. Mark now teaches online adjunct for Eternity. He is passionate about building up the body of Christ, training future leaders for the Church, and writing. Though he is interested in many areas of theology and philosophy, Mark is most fascinated with practical theology and exploring the many ways in which the Bible can speak to and transform our world. He is the author of “Resonate: Enjoying God’s Gift of Music” and the co-author with Francis Chan of “Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples.” Mark lives in Rocklin with his wife and two daughters.

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  1. Finally, a uniform disciple-making-based program to get the church headed in a more early-church direction. Having stepped outside of the traditional American church format, (for many, many reasons) I’ve wondered what’s next. A program like this, from a source I can trust, gives us a good starting point. Headed to multiplymovement.com right now…

  2. Thank you for this. I have never had anyone mention disciplship to me in my many years in and out of the church. The Lord Jesus came to me and I was born again by His doings, I then couldn’t help but move forward because the Spirit was so alive in me. Now I see how behind I am, how much more I could have done had I been discipled. It is difficult to disciple if you haven’t been discipled. I’m coming up on a year since I was born again!

    • Hi David.

      The links in the article above are correct, but it looks like the site is down. I’m sure this is just temporary. “Multiply” is going through the publishing process now (they’re looking at a November 2012) release date, and that will include a revamp of the site. I’m sure they’ll have it back up soon.

  3. Genius idea! I love it! I can already see good things in the works just by looking at the titles. I think these 3 topics are a MUST these days as people have no idea how to read the bible (How to Study the Bible, Understanding the Old Testament, Understanding the New Testament) Excellent idea! God bless you guys.

  4. We are just finishing Radical churchwide and have 3 more lessons of The Story. We are taking the challenges at the end of Radical. If any of you have studied Radical, you know how life changing it is. I love Francis Chan & David Platt. Awesome, God loving men me who inspire me. This discipleship study will help me so much more. I’m exicted. Thank you for making it free. PUT ME TO WORK GOD FOR YOUR GLORY!!!

    Much love!

  5. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, A THOUSAND TIMES THANK YOU! You have no idea what an answer to prayer this is for me. I will use this material…study it and make disciples! Great work guys and Glory be to God!

    Brian

  6. I have not looked at the multiply material yet but I presume it is great. I have just come across Francis Chan video on Gospel since I have been looking for material to link for my website to help new converts grow.