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Welcome to ‘Life-to-Life’ Discipleship!

Our latest discipleship video features Michelle Vanderzyden, Director of Discipleship Ministries at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ashland, Ohio, who talks about the NALC Discipleship Initiative and how the congregation at Trinity lives out discipleship.

You can view previous discipleship videos on our Discipleship Moments page. This collection of videos features NALC staff, pastors and congregational members reflecting on what the word “discipleship” really means, the discipleship vision for the NALC, and what it means to be “mission driven.”

What is the NALC Life-to-Life Discipleship Initiative?

“This life is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness; not health, but healing; not being but becoming; not rest, but exercise; we are not yet what we will be, but we are growing toward it; the process is not yet finished, but it is going on; this is not the end but it is the road; all does not gleam with glory, but all is being purified.” Martin Luther, In Defense of All the Articles, 1521

The North American Lutheran Church is committed to moving away from a solely institutional understanding of the Church, to the biblical commission to be a community of followers of Jesus who focus on being disciples and making disciples. We have developed an initiative or strategy we call “Life-to-Life Discipleship”!

At its core, Life-to-Life Discipleship is about movement! The Christian life is not about stagnation and it’s certainly not about decline! Martin Luther talks about this […read more]

Want to get more information or get started? Contact the Life-to-Life Rapid Response Group!

The North American Lutheran Church is committed to Life-to-Life Discipleship! Our initiative provides for the discipleship shepherding of pastors, as well as congregational processes for renewal, strength and growth called, “Growing Intentional Disciple-making Communities” (GIDC). For more information and/or to get started, the Life-to-Life Discipleship Team has a Rapid Response Group (RRG) ready to answer your questions and point you in the right direction! To contact the RRG, please email the following info to one of the team members listed below:

Contact info (email address and phone numbers)
Pastor or congregation name
How can we help?
• I
want to know more
• I
want to get involved in pastoral discipleship shepherding
Our congregation would like someone to visit and provide an introductory presentation
• Our congregation is ready to get involved—how do we start?

Rapid Response Group Contacts:

Pr. Tom Brodbeck
Email      937-399-6257
Pr. Brack East
Email      704-864-0378
Pr. Dave Keener
Email      706-863-7189

“Defining and Pursuing Discipleship”

The NALC’s Commission on Theology and Doctrine released this paper written by Dr. Nathan Howard Yoder, an NALC pastor and a member of the Commission on Theology and Doctrine, in June 2015. Dr. Yoder wrote this paper in response to a request from the Commission. This document is intended as a study resource for NALC members and congregations.

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