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Simple Discipleship Paperback – November 3, 2009
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Dr. Tom Cocklereece has served as a pastor for 18 years. He is a discipleship and leadership coach, as well as a church organizational development specialist. He and his wife Janice live in Marietta, GA.
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To Seller: Please send replacement. This CD was so scatched up it is unbelievable that it got shipped this way.
The average church member today believes that the church is not helping them grow. They aren't being taught how to stretch their faith and aren't being asked to expand their comfort zone. While more and more programs and a variety of worship choices are being implemented designed to bring more people into the church, they don't appear to be doing much more than that.
"Simple Discipleship" is the tool that pastors and leadership teams to help implement Dr. Cocklereece's proven program to teach discipleship and help members grow into the people God created them to be. The program contains evaluation tools and a CD containing special materials for your church to use.
Dr. Tom Cocklereece is a pastor and CEO of RENOVA Coaching and Consulting which provides values-based transformational ministry, leadership, executive, marriage and life coashing. He works with churches to implement this disciple-making paradigm and has a passion to serve in innovative ministry.
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The answer very plainly is Simple Discipleship. Dr. Tom Cocklereece's book not only presents the "why", but in a detailed and extremely practical manner he presents what I strongly consider as a model of discipleship for the ages. Focusing on the quadrant of Word, Worship, Ministry, and Missions, people entering a church that utilizes this model will know from their first new member's orientation where they're headed, and how they'll get there. Too many churches can't answer that question, and in this age...we must present these answers if we're seeking real growth. The book, which I've read almost in one sitting, does a fair job of combining the key elements in works from Discipleship Predecessors such as Bill Hull, Thomas Rainer and Eric Geiger, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and others and masterfully condenses it into a model that every church can reach in a practical fashion, while allowing flexibility for Pastors and leaders to develop curriculum objectives that best fit their church's unique fingerprint and vision for their respective communities.
The first half of the book deals with the Elements of Discipleship (very intriguing), and moves into the second half which is Implementing Simple Discipleship. Just a hands down model that I am confident (and please date this review) will sweep this nation and be utilized in some form or fashion in many many churches. I pray every Pastor reads it and has the courage to present this to their church. I am also humbled and grateful to God that I ran across this book at this early stage of its presentation! We are fully launching this program in July, our leaders are on board, and our community is in great expectation here in Baltimore of what we're about to do. I am also ordering copies for each leader on board, and will be bringing the author to Baltimore in the very near future to hopefully present this directly to Pastors in our area. This will not just be a "program" in our church...I plan to implement this structure as the backbone of our ministry. In fact, I've already secured permission to utilize some form of this logo as our church logo. I feel like I'm the 9th franchise owner of a new startup company called Starbuck's that not too many people have heard of yet! (How did that turn out, anyway?)
GET. THE. BOOK. PLEASE.
Don't thank me. Don't thank the author. Thank GOD for dropping such an amazingly practical gift through Dr. Tom for ALL of our churches to use regardless of denomination, affiliation, etc...
God Bless You.
A wise person once said, "It takes a good tool to do a good job." Simple Discipleship is a good tool that will raise the bar of discipleship in your church. Pastor Tom takes Simple Church: Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples to the next level. He does not only make a case that the Church must simplify but delivers a bullet proof plan on how to keep it simple. My highest recommendation for Simple Discipleship. If I were trapped on a deserted island and were only allowed to bring one book on discipleship, it would be Simple Discipleship! - Jess Bousa (church planter, pastor and author of The Discipleship Dare: Living Dangerously for God)