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Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples Paperback – November 11, 2013
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“I want to encourage you as clearly as I possibly can. Please don’t read this book. Instead, do it. My prayer is that this resource from my friend and brother might be used in the hand of God.”
Dr. David Platt,
Pastor of The Church at Brook Hills & Author of Radical and Follow Me
“I’ve had the wonderful privilege of sitting under the teaching of this man. Robby is intentional about making disciples who will make disciples.”
Co-Founder Precept Ministries International
Author of Being A Disciple, Counting the Cost & 40 Minute Bible Study Series
“Invigorating! What makes the book so refreshing is the author's own experience of discipleship. He writes as a practitioner, not a theoretician.”
Dr. Robert E. Coleman,
Author of The Master Plan of Evangelism & The Master Plan of Discipleship
"Growing Up is church tested, scripturally rich, and worth your time."
Dr. Ed Stetzer,
President of Lifeway Research, edstetzer.com
"Robby Gallaty is passionate about making disciples. So was Jesus."
Author of Accidental Pharisees & Sticky Teams
“Robby lives what he preaches and I appreciate him calling us into a more Biblical approach to evangelism.”
J.D. Greear, Ph.D.
Lead Pastor, The Summit Church
Author, Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart and Gospel
"Growing Up is timely and passionate. I found the book challenging, helpful, practical, and encouraging."
Author of Simple Church & Transformational Discipleship
"Growing Up is a superb book on discipleship... Read it with profit. Better yet: put it into practice!"
Dr. Daniel L. Akin,
President of SEBTS
"There is no other book that better describes a reproducible model for discipleship groups, called 'D-Groups.'"
Dr. Bobby Harrington,
Co-author of Discipleshift, discipleship.org
"This is not just another book on discipleship.”
Dr. Jerry Vines, Pastor-Emeritus, First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida
Two-time President, Southern Baptist Convention
“In Growing Up you have one-stop shopping to grow a disciple-making church.”
Dr. Greg Ogden,
Author of Discipleship Essentials & Transforming Discipleship
“Robby starts with activity in his life and takes us to see how one becomes a difference maker."
First Baptist Woodstock
“You will feel energized and empowered to pour your life out with purpose into others. Read this book, and buy several extra copies for those you will disciple after reading it!"
Dr. Russell D. Moore
President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
Southern Baptist Convention
“This book is about discipleship. You are going to love it!”
Derwin L. Gray,
Lead Pastor of Transformation Church
Author of Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future
"After 26 years in ministry, I usually skip over books with the word 'discipleship' in the title because they're either incredibly boring or totally impractical. This book is different."
President, Crossroads Ministries
Teaching Pastor, NewSpring Church
Campus Pastor, Liberty University
About the Author
Robby Gallaty, Ph.D. is the Senior pastor of Long a Hollow Baptist in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and the president of Replicate Ministries, a ministry devoted to educating, equipping, and empowering disciples to make disciples. Disciple-making resources are available at replicateministries.org.
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If you are completely noob to spiritual growth, this may be an okay place to start (though there are just as good as, if not better, resources out there).
In the Introduction, the author boasted the outcomes of his D-groups, expecting that his church would have over 1,000 people engaged by 2014. When I read that, I thought, "Awesome! There should be a lot of stories shared of how these D-groups have been effective for the hundreds of people in them!" After reading the book once and skimming it again, there may have been two (at the absolute most) stories of D-groups in his church. I was disappointed by that.
Mostly, the stories are warmed over sermon illustrations and the thrust of the book is principle-focused, you-should-do-this kind of material.
After re-reading my review, it may seem that I am a little harsh on the author. I don't mean to be. I am a church-starter who started a new movement that is focused solely on discipleship. For the three years before I started my church, I read as much as I could on discipleship (well over 50 books) and spent 26 months discipling people one-on-one and in small groups.
Since launching my church, I have read another 20+ books on discipleship and have spent the last 18 months discipling people with great results. Sadly (I have found), the majority of books boasting discipleship are written by professors who are not doing it, pastors who have just started their new programs, or simply top-level denominational pushes.
I was excited to read this book because it seemed the author was also a practitioner. I do feel he is genuine in his love for God, his desire to see people come to the fullness of Christ, and his knowledge of the Scriptures. Growing Up may be a good book for spiritual disciplines. I do not feel this is the BEST book to help people get started on their journey into a lifelong commitment to making disciples.
Disciple-making is obviously the overwhelming theme of the book, but Gallaty also provides the reader with an extremely useful method for H.E.A.Ring the Lord in personal quiet time. Using information from his other book, "Creating an Atmosphere to HEAR God Speak," Galltay outlines how to journal, pray, and dive deeper into the Word. Although this book can be used in a discipleship program at your church or ministry, it's also very relevant for the new, stagnant, or mature Christian for practical ways to journal and grow deeper in understanding Scripture. Keeping the main thing the "main thing," Gallaty provides easy avenues for your discipleship programs to stay focused on the Word of God more than anything else.
Whether you are just starting out in discipleship or have been discipling people your entire life, I strongly recommend that you use this very practical book to help guide your disciples in a closer walk with the Lord.