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Discipleship Across the Lifespan. Trinity International University. Dr. John T. Stevenson. Family Life Academic Life. John T. Stevenson. Family Life Academic Life Professional Life. John T. Stevenson. Family Life Academic Life Professional Life Spiritual Life Ministry Life.

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Discipleship Across the Lifespan

Trinity International University

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Dr. John T. Stevenson

  • Family Life

  • Academic Life

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John T. Stevenson

  • Family Life

  • Academic Life

  • Professional Life

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John T. Stevenson

  • Family Life

  • Academic Life

  • Professional Life

  • Spiritual Life

  • Ministry Life

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John T. Stevenson


[email protected]

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Discipleship across the Lifespan

  • Your name

  • Your home church

  • Where are you in the process of discipleship?

    • As a disciple?

    • As one who is discipling others?

  • In what ways will this class benefit your ministry?

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Syllabus Overview

Discipleship Across the Lifespan

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Course Objectives

  • A biblical foundation for the importance and strategies of disciple making

  • Be able to articulate the developmental factors which enhance or delay the disciple making mandate

  • Understand and utilize the teaching ministry of the church to enhance disciple making over the lifespan of an individual

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Course Objectives

  • Articulate the communication techniques to be utilized at various stages of presentation of the truths of scriptures to individuals










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  • Teaching for Spiritual Growth: An Introduction to Christian Education. Perry Downs, Zondervan, 1994

  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. Donald S. Whitney, NavPress, 1991

  • Course Syllabus: Discipleship Across the Lifespan ― CM330E 3.0

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  • Papers normally due at the beginning of each class session

  • Final Paper due one week after Session Five

    • 10 to 12 pages

    • Typed & double spaced (APA formatting)

    • Can be handed in manually or Emailed

    • If it is Emailed, use Word, Wordperfect or pdf

  • Attendance Policy

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Class participation 25 pts

Final Paper 50 pts

Weekly assignments 125 pts

Total Grade 200 pts

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Personal Faith Journey

Break into pairs & interview one another

Take notes

Be prepared to introduce one another

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Interview Questions

Who have been the influential people in your life?

How did they impact you, both positively & negatively?

What have been the major turning points?

What were the major decisions you made?

Where is the most room for spiritual growth?

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Matthew 28:18-20

18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

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What is a disciple?

24 A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple that he become as his teacher, and the slave as his master. (Matthew 10:24-25).

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What is a disciple?

A disciple is not greater than his teacher, but everyone when fully trained will be like his teacher. (Luke 6:40 NIV).

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Ephesians 4:11-13

And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ.

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What is the Correlation between…

A Discipline

A Disciple

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1 Corinthians 9:24-25

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. 25 And everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.

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1 Corinthians 9:26-27

Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; 27 but I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.

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Spiritual Disciplines

  • What is a spiritual discipline?

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2 Timothy 2:15

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.

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2 Timothy 3:16-17

All Scripture is

inspired by God



for teaching,

for reproof,

for correction,

for training in righteousness;

17 that the man of God may be


equipped for every good work.

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Thy word I have treasured in my heart, Tradition

That I may not sin against Thee. (Psalm 119:11).

Thy word is a lamp to my feet,

And a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)

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Spiritual Disciplines Tradition

  • What is a spiritual discipline?

  • What are your strengths & weaknesses regarding the spiritual discipline of Bible intake?

    • Bible reading

    • Bible study

    • Bible memorization

    • Bible application

  • What is your plan to grow in these areas?