Category Archives of : Discipleship


What is Transformation? Jesus graciously empowers us to become like Him. He also expects us to become like Him. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son. Romans 8:29 But, what does that transformation look like? What is the definition of a disciple? How do you help […]

Develop Leaders

You Can Develop a Leader In Your Small Group!

Developing A Leader Isn’t An Option Moses, one of God’s champion leaders, prioritized the development of leaders. That priority was significant for the young nation of Israel, as Moses died just before leading them into the promised land. Moses’ investment into developing Joshua as a leader was a key component of Israel’s success. Like Moses, […]

The most important disciple-making shift we must make in our lifetime

A man with two sons told the older boy, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ The son answered, ‘No, I won’t go,’ but later he changed his mind and went anyway. Then the father told the other son, ‘You go,’ and he said, ‘Yes, sir, I will.’ But he didn’t go. “Which […]

Raise the bar

Raising the bar on discipleship

Will people commit to a higher expectation? Tim Luke is the Pastor of Adult Ministries at Lees Summit Community Church.  Check out the video below as he talks about what it is like to try out a Followers Made group for the first time.  Followers Made is a 26-week study that sets the bar high […]


BBQ, Grandma and the impact of discipleship

BBQ Kansas City Style I’m not a native of Kansas City but I’ve lived here now for over 9 years and it feels like home.  One of the things that Kansas City is known for is its BBQ.  One local restaurant that is very well known is called Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Que.  I have eaten there […]

Fast Lane Discipleship

Making Disciples & The Fast Lane

Is it really faster in the fast lane? Jesus tells us to love everyone. The Late-Merger makes this a significant challenge for me. You have probably experienced the late-merger yourself.  Let’s say you are driving down a two lane highway and see a sign telling you to merge due to traffic being reduced to one […]

Don't Change my small group

Don’t Change My Small Group!

People who love their small group want that group to stay the same forever.  This is true for long-time, mission-minded followers of Jesus just as much as it is for people who are experiencing the power of group for the first time. I was reminded of this last week when one of the most mission-minded […]

Smartphones, Apps, and Spiritual Next Steps…

Smartphones, their operating systems, and the revolutionary idea of allowing individuals to create apps to work in that system provides a compelling picture of what Westside’s Next Steps process has been designed to do.   In short, each Christ-follower has a unique spiritual code written into them before they are born. Our Next Steps process is […]

You are a Masterpiece! (part 1)

We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.  Ephesians 2:10 NLT Masterpiece is not a word most would use to describe themselves.  I can’t imagine many of us looking into the mirror this morning and saying “God, you have […]

Raising up leaders

Raising up leaders to help people find their way back to God

Raising up leaders Helping people find their way back to God is key to Restore Community Church.  Their passion for that mission and growth in that mission is evident in the Kansas City area.  However, like most churches, how do you raise up leaders to come alongside what the leadership is doing so even more […]