What Others are Saying
Discipling thru Intentional Relationships is a very helpful tool for all those who are going to fulfill the Great Commission – the call to make disciples. This guide is the answer to the question, “How do we do that?”
Valera/Narina Kudaev, Teachers/Ministry Coaches, Russia
This new material. . . will be a vital tool that will result in much greater levels of growth and maturity. I commend you on your radical dedication to making disciples of all nations.
Jim Argue, Founder/President, Genesis Discipleship Training Center, USA
What Friesen and Jeske add is simplicity, practicality, and an international flavor. . .What sets this material apart from other discipleship programs is the emphasis on a personal connection between the discipler and learner. . .
Don Krause, Pastor and Mentor, CMA, Canada
. . . this Guide can be easily used cross culturally and cross denominationally. I am really thankful to Doug and Phil for their efforts in putting this material together and for helping the Church of today to focus on developing not just programs, but people – from new converts to church leaders.
Maxym Oliferovski, Church Planter, Multiply Ukraine, Eastern Europe
This foundational material puts the emphasis on an approach to helping people grow as a believer, not through programs and information, but through intentional personal relationships – and it is this that makes this material such an innovative resource.
Matthew S. Todd, DMin, MB Pastor/Teacher & Author, Canada
We live in an age of quick conversion and shallow spiritual depth. This book by Friesen and Jeske is fresh rain on dry soil. I highly recommend it to a generation that needs to rediscover the call of Jesus to “make disciples of all nations.”
Dr. Phil Walker, President Emeritus, ICM USA
About the Manual
Discipling thru Intentional Relationships is not a book about discipleship, but a resource to help someone guide the personal growth of a recent follower of Jesus. The mandate of Matthew 28:19 for the Body of Christ has not changed in two thousand years – to make disciples. Unfortunately, this has often been reduced to passing on information or teaching a particular doctrinal belief system. This material takes a different approach based on the discipling relationship model that was central to Jesus’ ministry. If you are a new follower of Jesus and want to grow in your new journey, or if you have been looking for a tool to help you disciple someone, you’ll find this Guide helpful.
Discipling thru Intentional Relationships – Guide 1 is the first of two Guides. In this first Guide, the new disciple of Jesus begins their journey by having a clear understanding of their Salvation – past, present, and future. They are then led into their new life of the Spiritual Disciplines – how to read the Bible and Prayer. The important subject of Sanctification is then discussed, as well as the importance of the Body of Christ and how each member fits into God’s overall plan. Finally, a deeper look at what it means to walk the life of faith is discussed and how our minds need to be renewed so that we can have a new perspective in every area of our life.
This Resource is unique in that it is intended to be discussed within the context of a discipleship relationship. Covering a chapter per month will take six months to go through this guide. It is then recommended that participants continue with Guide 2, which builds upon what is learned in this Guide. Together they can provide the context of a one year intentional discipling relationship.
Doug Friesen is a pastor, teacher, church planter, mentor, ministry coach, and director of CLIMB, an organization that facilitates innovative ministries in Canada. Phil Jeske (PhD) is a missionary teacher, author, ministry coach and president of ICM, an international mission organization. They are both specialists in their field of leadership development and travel internationally coaching teams within the Ministry Coaching Network (MCNet). They have a passion to mentor the next generation of servant leaders and help ministry teams start innovative ministries that will impact their nations. Both they and their wives live near Vancouver, Canada with their grown children and grandchildren.