Top 15 Discipleship Books From 2015

Helpful Books On Being, Making, and Multiplying Disciples

Christian discipleship can be a pretty broad category. In this list I’m narrowing it down to three main areas: being a disciple, making disciples, and multiplying disciples.

I. On Being A Disciple

Books “on being a disciple” are numerous and can include hundreds of categories. Books on doctrine, spiritual disciplines, and sharing the gospel can all be helpful to new and maturing disciples alike. Of course, making disciples is also an integral part of being a disciple, but for the purpose of this post I’ve included a book on cultivating your faith, lifestyle discipleship, spiritual warfare, serving Jesus with joy, and family discipleship. Click on the books to explore reviews and publishers descriptions of each book.

Robby Gallaty book on discipleship

Firmly Planted by Robby Gallaty

Jeff Vanderstelt book on discipleship

Saturate by Jeff Vanderstelt

Brian Borgman book on spiritual warfare

Spiritual Warfare by Brian Borgman & Rob Ventura

Michael Wittmer book on discipleship

Becoming Worldly Saints by Michael Wittmer

Jonathan Williams book on family discipleship

Gospel Family by Jonathan Williams

Honorable Mention: Theology As Discipleship by Keith L. Johnson


II. On Making Disciples

Being a disciple includes making disciples and the books listed here are helping followers of Jesus make the most of every opportunity. Books in this list focus on making Jesus’ final words our first work, engaging the culture without losing the gospel, sharing the gospel persuasively, cross-cultural and one-on-one disciple making.

Robby Gallaty book on rediscovering discipleship

Rediscovering Discipleship by Robby Gallaty

Russell Moore book on engaging culture

Onward by Russell Moore

Os Guinness book on christian persuasion

Fool’s Talk by Os Guinness

Charles Davis book on cross-cultural discipleship

Making Disciples Across Cultures by Charles A. Davis

Joel Rosenberg book on personal discipleship

The Invested Life by Joel Rosenberg & T.E. Kosher

Honorable Mention: One Thing: A Gospel-Centered Life On Mission by Ben Harrell


III. On Multiplying Disciples

The call to be and make a disciple is the call to multiplication. A life spent making disciples will ultimately lead to multiple men and women coming to Christ. Pastors and church planters also tend to think in terms of multiplication because they must develop pathways to equip small and large groups of disciples to make disciples. So, this list includes books on church planting, fellowship, sending churches, church planting movements, and multiplying disciples and churches.

J.D. Payne book on church planting

Apostolic Church Planting by J.D. Payne

Mark Dever book on biblical fellowship

The Compelling Community by Mark Dever & Jamie Dunlop

Jeff Christopherson book on church planting movements

Kingdom First by Jeff Christopherson

J.D. Greear book on sending churches

Gaining By Losing by J.D. Greear

Steve Addison book on church planting movements

Pioneering Movements by Steve Addison

Honorable Mention: Brave New Discipleship: Cultivating Scripture-driven Christians in a Culture-driven World by Max Anders


I believe these are helpful resources to the church on the topic of discipleship. However, I do not claim to agree with everything written in these books. If you found this post helpful, please share and comment with other 2015 resources on being, making, and multiplying disciples.

Any books on discipleship that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments what you recommend and why.

Nathan is the pastor of City Life Church in Ridgewood, NY. He and his family are committed to making and multiplying disciples in the most diverse county in the US. Read more about Nathan here. Visit the City Life Church website here.

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