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Growing Faith in an All-Age Community

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Making Disciples in Messy Church

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Making Disciples in Messy Church helps those involved in Messy Church understand the movement, and create an intentional disciple-making community.

Paul Moore, who has been involved from the beginning in 2004, writes this book to answer the skeptical questions many have asked of the Messy movement: “are people becoming Christians at Messy Church.” He proudly announces a massive ‘yes’, but wants to encourage groups to continue the gospel journey by focusing their attention on discipleship.

Through storytelling, personal experience, analysing the faith journey, and using biblical modals of discipleship from the Old & New Testament, Paul compiles a convincing and practical guide. In reading this book, ministers, leaders and volunteers will discover the untapped potential within their groups for genuine discipleship through the resource they have already created – community.

About the Author

Paul Moore is Vicar of St Wilfrid's Church, Cowplain, an Anglican church near Portsmouth, and a member of the team that launched the first Messy Church in 2004. In addition to being involved in running Messy Church, he has followed the development of Messy Church across the UK and worldwide, with a particular focus on research into the theological and practical aspects of nurturing faith and making disciples. Paul is also a Vocations Adviser for Portsmouth Diocese. When not getting messy, he enjoys listening to progressive rock and playing jazz saxophone.

Making Disciples in Messy Church by Paul Moore was published by BRF in March 2013 and is our 5373rd best seller. The ISBN for Making Disciples in Messy Church is 9780857462183.

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Publisher's Description

Messy Church has been widely and enthusiastically adopted as a proven and effective way of introducing families to an experience of Christian community and the good news of Jesus. Sceptics ask, 'Are people becoming Christians through Messy Church?' The evidence is clear that they are. But the next challenging question is, 'Can Messy Church also nurture their faith and make these converts into disciples?'

The aim of this book, by telling stories, analysing the journey to faith, and reflecting on what being a disciple means and the various methods of making disciples found in scripture and church tradition, is to encourage ministers and lay leaders to see how their Messy Church can be an intentional disciple-making community.


Chapter 1: Is Messy Church making disciples?
•   What is happening when people come to Messy Church?
•   The long and winding road
•   The Engel Scale
•   The Gray Matrix

Chapter 2: What are disciples and how are they made?

Chapter 3: Old Testament discipleship
•   Abraham and Sarah - prototype disciples?
•   God's chosen people - an experiment in community disciplship

Chapter 4: Jesus and discipleship in the Gospels: kingdom community
•   Temple and synagogue
•   Followers of Jesus
•   Apprentices of Jesus
•   The disciple as a child
•   A disciple-making community
•   Discipleship as love in action
•   Gospel pointers for disciple-making in Messy Church

Chapter 5: Disciples in Acts
•   Followers of the Way
•   Disciple-making in Acts

Chapter 6: Disciple - making in the Epistles and Revelation

Chapter 7: A community discipleship curriculum

Chapter 8: An alternative - catechesis then and now

Chapter 9: Intergenerational discipleship

Chapter 10: Discipleship and faith at home


"Written with clarity and conviction, Making Disciples in Messy Church is a timely and helpful book for a movement that is deeply serious about discipleship... I warmly and wholeheartedly commend this book." - Andrew Roberts, Methodist Minister and Director of Training for Fresh Expressions.

"Discipleship is probably the biggest single issue the Church needs to grapple with in our present times... My advice would be: read it, think about what you read and then apply it in your own situation." - David Male, Director of the Centre for Pioneer Learning, Cambridge.

"Making Disciples in Messy Church brings vital wisdom culled from scripture and from experience to all involved in making disciples. Its lessons are vital for all those engaged in Messy Church and for all those involved in making disciples." - Steven Croft, Bishop of Sheffield.

"The Messy Church movement is fantastic, helping connect people to Christ and his church through community and creativity... this fascinating book shows how Messy Church is not only reaching people with the Gospel, it is raising up disciples across the world." - Canon Mark Russell, CEO Church Army.

"A joy to read and a contemporary Epistle from a Paul of our time, Making Disciples in Messy Church is a timely and essential read for all who are serious about building upon the good connections to the local community made through Messy Church and seeking how to making disciples in our contemporary age." - Stephen Lindridge, Fresh Expressions Methodist Connexional Missioner.

"Paul Moore writes out of first-hand experience... It deserves to be read and applied." - George Lings, Director of the Sheffield Centre.

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Page last updated 21st October 2015
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBRF (March 2013)
Number of Pages128
Thickness11 mm
Height198 mm
Width130 mm
Product Code4026599
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