Outreach Resources of the Year: Discipleship

Now in its 18th year, the 2021 Outreach Resources of the Year honors the past year’s best books that emphasize outreach-oriented ideas and ministries.

The discipleship category was evaluated by Thomas Bandy, director of Thriving Church Consulting and the author of more than 60 books and articles.


The Sacred Overlap: Learning to Live Faithfully in the Space Between by J.R. Briggs (Zondervan)

Reenvisioning discipleship for post-Christendom and post-COVID-19 realities, especially among emerging generations, is one of the great challenges Christian leaders face today. The Sacred Overlap connects the mystery of God and the ambiguity of life as an incarnational opportunity. Briggs explores the spaces between either/or recognized by most of us as paradoxes in faith and living. The resource of the year challenges polarizing assumptions and changes attitudes.


Leading Small Groups That Thrive: Five Shifts to Take Your Group to the Next Level by Ryan T. Hartwig, Courtney W. Davis and Jason A. Sniff (Zondervan) is a professionally researched, practical and comprehensive new look at small-group ministry designed for holistic growth.

From Social Media to Social Ministry: A Guide to Digital Discipleship by Nona Jones (Zondervan) is one of the best up-to-date resources for designing online discipleship.

Additional discipleship resources are available at outreachmagazine.com/discipleship.

Lora Schrock
Lora Schrock

Lora Schrock is editor of Outreach magazine.