This week starts a new emphasis with the Roots Reading Initiative. We just completed the focus on “The Man” and are getting ready to close out our first full year of deepening our roots in great books to grow leaders in local churches. If you’d like to get the scoop on what RRI seeks to accomplish and how we are doing this, here’s a great place to start. So far, here are the emphases and corresponding books we have studied:

Nov/Dec 2011: The Mission

Jan/Feb 2012: The Message

Mar/Apr 2012: The Marriage

May/Jun 2012: The Methods

Jul/Aug 2012: The Man

As you can see, we have covered all 5 M’s so far (Man, Message, Mission, Methods, and Marriage). So we are starting over for Sep-Oct. 2012 with THE MISSION. In our first go-around, we focused on the What? question related to mission. This time we are looking to focus on the How? question – namely how to make disciples of Jesus. The two books we have selected for this focus is Gospel-Centered Discipleship by Jonathan Dodson and Transformational Discipleship: How People Really Grow by Eric Geiger, Michael Kelly, and Phillip Nation.

For those interested in joining in the reading, here’s the breakdown we are working off of each week:

September 2-8           Gospel-Centered Discipleship                 1-50
September 9-15         Gospel-Centered Discipleship                 51-74
September 16-22      Gospel-Centered Discipleship                 75-118
September 23-30      Gospel-Centered Discipleship                119-56



October 1-6                Transformational Discipleship               1-68
October 7-13              Transformational Discipleship              69-112
October 14-20           Transformational Discipleship              113-74
October 21-31           Transformational Discipleship               175-225


Let me encourage those of you interested in deepening your roots in discipleship to join us for the next two months, especially those of you who are church planters. At the heart of the mission is the command to make disciples of Jesus. Everything else is secondary. What is your disciple-making plan? How are you going to make, mature, and multiply gospel-centered disciples? I believe resources like these will be a great encouragement to you, so join us!