Discipling Another desires to help followers of Jesus become disciplers.
A disciple has been discipled and then disciples others. It becomes their identity. Wherever a discipler goes, wherever they live, they will look for someone to disciple.
Jesus said to go and make disciples of all nations. To fulfill the Great Commission there must be a strategy that is local, national, and global.
80 percent of those who accept Jesus walk away from faithfulness. Discipling Another/First Steps is a proven method that emphasizes the foundational disciplines needed to grow in Christ. First Steps also gives a new believer the scripture and personal support to grow through the similar temptations that all new believers confront.
What are the key principles?
It is one-on-one discipleship that focuses on the first three months. It is also helpful for older Christians who have not been through foundational discipleship.
The material has been developed in a one-on-one discipling context for 50 years.
Grant Edwards served as Senior Pastor of Fellowship Christian Church in Springfield, Ohio, for 49 years.
His ministry began during the Jesus Movement during the early 1970s when he led a group of newly converted, scraggly, non-conforming hippies to start a ministry called the One Way House. This ministry grew into Fellowship Christian Church.
Over the past decades, Grant has traveled internationally over 90 times, and throughout the USA teaching First Steps Conversations, a discipleship curriculum, along with other materials. His interest in discipleship began when he realized that 80 percent of those accepting Jesus walked away from faithfulness soon after conversion. His book, First Steps Conversations, is a 49-year researched and practiced one-on-one discipleship plan that reverses this trend.
Grant writes a six-days-per-week blog called Interruptions that focuses on grace, following Jesus, and practices for living with peace, power, and provision in difficult times.
Focusing on training in discipleship and writing blog posts, Grant is now following a calling to be a “good steward of the teaching material” that God has given to him.
Ellen Dudney joined the Discipling Another team in April of 2021, in the role of volunteer Executive Director. She is a Registered Nurse who has served in leadership roles in Stephen Ministries (one-on-one Christian caregiving), and served as both Nurse Manager and Executive Director at the Pregnancy Resource Clinic of Clark County for 10 years.
Ellen and her husband, Dr. Jerry Dudney, attend Fellowship Church, and are both passionate about discipleship. They have two daughters and one grandson.