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2021 National Disciple Making Forum Nashville (Brentwood Baptist Church)

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Brentwood Baptist Church

7777 Concord Road

Brentwood, TN 37027

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Cultural changes are happening fast, so we need to be prepared for the cost of discipleship personally, in family, church, and our world.

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The past twelve months have revealed to us the true state of the church and the lives of many disciples of Jesus in North America. We have learned:

  • We are too dependent on Sundays
  • We are not focused enough on making disciples
  • We are too enmeshed in politics
  • Far too many are experiencing regular anger
  • We need help discussing difficult cultural issues

We want to help. We believe a focus on disciples and disciple making is the key. So, we are announcing that the 2021 National Disciple Making Forum will be held November 4–5 in Nashville, Tennessee. Our theme will be:


Personal | Family | Church | World

This conference calls disciples in North America to recalibrate what it means to be a disciple.

It’s always been costly, but many are feeling it now more than ever—even bracing for what might be coming.

Discipleship and disciple making activities have become anemic. Who we are and what we do is not sufficient for the challenges in front of us.

We must count the cost of discipleship in our churches, our families, and our personal walk.

Our churches need to refocus and disciple hearts and minds to help people count the cost of being a disciple of Jesus. We have lowered the bar on what we ask people to give to Jesus, hoping that it will help them feel less pressure—but doing so only brings them into knee-deep water.

But Christ calls us all in.

Given the challenges of our time, we need more disciples engaging in life by going into and coming up from the deep waters to engage the world.

At the 2021 National Disciple Making Forum, we will extend the call of Christ for today’s culture for churches to go …

  • Deeper into Scripture
  • Deeper into relationships
  • Deeper into the Spirit
  • Deeper into God’s mission

We will advocate for more gospel, more scripture, and more love so that we can raise up more holistic disciples.

Our families need to re-examine what it will take to raise children into adulthood as true disciples. Their challenges and their world are very different than what used to be.

Parents do not trust themselves to disciple their children anymore. At the Forum we will call families back to Deuteronomy 6:4–9, which is the original “great commission” given centuries before the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18–20.

At the forum, we will call parents to learn how to impress the things of Jesus on their children by …

  • Talking about Jesus’ commands when we sit at home
  • Talking about them while we walk along the road
  • Talking about them when we lie down
  • Talking about them when we get up
  • Tying Jesus’ commands as symbols on our hands, our foreheads, and writing them on the doorframes of our houses and on our gates

We will advocate for more disciple making in the home—more intentionality, more relationship, more instruction, more mission, and more preparation for a rapidly changing world.

Our personal walk. We need help individually with all the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

We must move fully into the awareness that God has called us, not just to bear the name “Christian,” but to pick up our crosses and be disciples. Read through the New Testament and you will find the word “Christian” used only 3 times, but look for the word “disciple” and you will find it 296 times. This means the word “disciple” shows up 99 times more often than the word “Christian.” Here again is Jesus’ invitation to Peter and Andrew in Mark 1:17 (ESV):

“And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”

By this one verse, we will call everyone to fully accept Jesus’ invitation in three critical ways:

  1. Follow Jesus (“Follow me”)
  2. Be changed by Jesus (“and I will make you become”)
  3. Join Jesus’ mission (“fishers of men”)

Everything the New Testament teaches about being a disciple can be categorized under these three elements.[i]

This Disciple Making Forum will be important. Substantive. In-depth. Practical. Life-changing.

[i] For more information, see Bobby Harrington and Josh Patrick, The Disciple Makers Handbook: Seven Elements of a Discipleship Lifestyle (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2017)



Thursday, November 4, 2021

11:00am – Doors Open/Check-in Begins

12:30pm – 2:00pm - Main Session/Forum 1: "The Cost of Discipleship in Our Churches” (Dave Clayton, Jim Putman & Bobby Harrington)

2:00pm – 2:30pm - Break

2:30pm – 3:30pm - Track Session #1

3:30pm – 3:45pm - Break

3:45pm – 4:45pm - Track Session #2

4:45pm – 5:00pm - Break

5:00pm – 6:30pm - Main Session/Forum 2: "The Cost of Discipleship Personally" (Alisa Childers, Drew Hyun & Mike Glenn)

8:00pm - 9:00pm - Worship and Prayer with Shodankeh Johnson

Friday, November 5, 2021

7:00am – 7:45am - Prayer Meeting with Shodankeh Johnson

7:45am – 8:00am - Break

8:00am – 9:00am - Track Session #3

9:00am – 9:15am - Break

9:15am – 10:45am - Main Session/Forum 3: "The Cost of Discipleship in Our Families" (Jason Hauser, Ariyana Rimson & Bobby Harrington)

10:45am – 11:00am - Break

11:00am – 12:00pm - Track Session #4

12:00pm – 1:00pm - Lunch break

1:00pm – 2:30pm - Main Session/Forum 4: "The Cost of Discipleship in Our World" (Shodankeh Johnson, Myron Pierce & Grant Skeldon)


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email info@discipleship.org with questions.

What if COVID issues prevent us from meeting in person?

In that case, we will take the forum online during the same days and with the same schedule. Your registration will be good either way. Please, no refunds if we are forced to pivot to an online event. The content will be the same.

What's the refund policy?

Approved refunds will be offered at 50% until 60 days prior to the event. We ask that you please not request a refund if we need to present the forum online due to COVID-19.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes please, but if you don't we'll find your registration when you check in.

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Please update your registration with the correct name before checking in.

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7777 Concord Road

Brentwood, TN 37027

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Organizer Discipleship.org

Organizer of 2021 National Disciple Making Forum Nashville (Brentwood Baptist Church)

Discipleship.org is a collaborative community of trans-denominational leaders who believe nothing is more important for the future of vibrant Christianity than the creation of disciple-making churches and discipleship-first Christians (who see themselves as disciples of Jesus who make disciples). We believe the key to creating disciple-making churches is engaging and helping church leaders (especially lead pastors) to become sold out to Jesus’ method of relational disciple making. Once the leaders are sold out, they will create churches built around Jesus’ method of relational disciple making. So our strategy at Discipleship.org is to attract, engage, and inspire church leaders with the merits of Jesus-style disciple making. We do that as a collaborative community, where we bring together and aggregate like-minded pastors and leaders who advocate for Jesus-style disciple making in the local church. When we win the leaders over, we change their churches; if we can change their churches, we can change our world.   

What is Discipleship.org's mission?

  •  We champion Jesus-style disciple making…for families, missional communities, ministries, and churches

What is Discipleship.org's vision?

  • We look for the day when Jesus-style disciple making movements become the norm within families, missional communities, ministries, and churches wherever the Gospel may travel

What are Discipleship.org's core values?

  • Loving Like Jesus
  • Surrendering to Jesus as Lord
  • Growing in Grace and Truth

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