Go therefore and make disciples of all nations . . . —Jesus

Disciple and discipleship are words Christians use a lot, but what do they actually mean?

When we look at how Jesus modeled discipleship, we see that He didn’t build a school or write a curriculum. He simply gathered people to Himself.

He did life with them.

Ultimately, Jesus took his disciples on a journey, sharing in their disappointments, challenging their perceptions, and awakening their dreams.

Jesus modeled that the bedrock of discipleship is relationship. This journey is, after all, best traveled with people behind, ahead, and beside us. So, let’s demystify discipleship by being intentional with our relationships.


  1. It may seem basic, but spend time in the Word. Become intimate with the Jesus of the Gospels. Wrestle with His ways and pray to understand His heart.
  2. Find people that YOU can pour into. As you give, you’ll create capacity to receive from God and others.
  3. Show love through patience. Discipleship is impossible without patience. Just look at the way Jesus navigated His disciples. He was firm in the truth, but He made space for their questions and shortcomings.

Start with these three things, and you’ll begin to see how you can both disciple others and position yourself to be discipled.

Until next time,



  1. What Addison said about giving because we feel less of ourself, and so we either hoard or we give recklessly to a point of draining out and then resenting. That was exactly the two extremes that I have shuttled between. I didn’t realise it probably was cause of a wrong identity I carried of myself. Would live to hear more on that.

  2. Love love loved this! Perfect timing for reframing what this means as a lot of churches are gearing up for small group kickoffs.

    What Juli said at the end about not being discouraged about not immediately finding your tribe was so profound and full of truth. These types of truths are what make discipleship beautiful and necessary!

    Love you guys and what you’re doing! We’ll be showing this video at our first small group night before we dive into Foundations the following week.

    Love from Canada!

    • Brooke Herzog

      Thank you for sharing, Melissa! It is so true that what we think about discipleship is so important. We are excited for you to dive into Foundations!!