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Disciple-Making Leaders Advanced Track

Detailed information about the 2021 Forum is not yet available but will be posted in the future. Please review the information from the 2020 Forum for a look at the quality of instructors, teaching, and content that will be available in the 2021 Forum's Networks. 

2020 European Disciple-Making Leaders Network: Advanced Track

This network builds on the foundation laid by the Foundational Disciple-Making Leaders Network through expanding content depth and drawing connections as well as providing a keen focus on practical application in disciple making ministries in the local context.

We will help envision, equip, and encourage you as a leader for disciple making, because while Jesus’ command to make disciples is straightforward, the practice of it can be quite complex and require clear insight, skill and understanding as well as plenty of support from fellow practitioners. Our vision is that Christ would multiply your disciple-making leadership to many others and thus impact Europe with the transforming power of the gospel. At the end of our time, you will have working knowledge of critical areas of discipleship content from people who have great experience and expertise. You will also have a clear plan of action to apply this wisdom and its facets to genuinely impact those with whom you work locally.  

In order to attend this network, you must already be discipling others or be willing to commit to lead others in discipleship relationship and be held accountable to that work over the next year.  Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.



Jay Eastman was born and raised in the US, attending The Ohio State University for undergraduate and graduate school. He has degrees in English and English education. He is married to Holly, and they have three children. He has taught English around the world and has served in Berlin leading works in social outreach, evangelism, discipleship, and church planting since 2001. He also serves as a consultant with Global Training and Development and WaveChanger, providing solutions for groups seeking effective ways to collaborate in the midst of complex situations.



Larry Anderson recently retired from being the senior pastor at North Bible Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has a MAT and Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.  Larry started his ministry career with Young Life International and left as Senior Vice President in 2004. Later that year Larry and his wife, Gina, moved back to Arizona to serve in the church. He continues to teach courses for Fuller and support younger pastors and leaders.  Larry and Gina have been married for forty-three years. They have three sons who are all pastors and nine grandchildren.


Mike Betts leads Relational Mission, a network of churches which is part of the global Newfrontiers family.  He is the author of From the Inside Out, Relational Mission: A Way of Life, and a soon to be published book on corporate prayer.  Mike is passionate about the church enjoying her inheritance in Christ, involving church planting, gospel expansion, corporate prayer, and seeing the next generation grow into all that God has for them.  Mike is married to Sue, and they live in Lowestoft, Suffolk, UK.  He is part of the eldership team at Lowestoft Community Church, which he, Sue, and a number of others planted over 30 years ago.  At that time Mike and Sue sought help and advice from Terry Virgo, who had begun to serve emerging churches.  Terry’s work and relationships with churches became the start of Newfrontiers.  In 2011, Terry handed over responsibility for Newfrontiers to a number of his spiritual sons, and Mike began to lead the network that is now Relational Mission.   Relational Mission works predominantly in the UK and mainland Europe but with growing connections across the world.  Its network includes some 70 churches of which 30 are church plant and pioneering situations.


Jim Cecy is a regular speaker at the European Leadership Forum. He serves as Senior Pastor-Teacher of Campus Bible Church in Fresno, California. Jim is also founder and President of JARON Ministries International, a training ministry for Christian leaders in the U.S. and abroad. He has a Masters of Divinity in Bible Exposition from Talbot Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from Western Seminary. He is a conference and seminar speaker for hundreds of churches, schools, seminars, conference centers, Christian groups and denominations in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to other books and materials, he is the author of The Purity War: A Biblical Guide to Living in an Immoral World and Anger: The Worm in My Apple. Jim has been married for forty-seven years and has thirteen grandchildren. Information about his materials, books and seminars is available at and and


Rick Hill works for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland in the area of discipleship development, majoring on the delivery of disciple-making training and the development of discipleship resources. Prior to this, Rick comes from a background in youth ministry with both Scripture Union and in a local church. He now serves as an Elder in Carnmoney Church while also being involved in a fresh church plant from that church into the city centre of Belfast. Rick lives near Belfast in Northern Ireland with his wife Sarah and 2 young sons, and in his spare time he enjoys running.



Day 1

The Gospel Impact for You, the Disciple-Maker

Jay Eastman

To start this network, we will introduce the vision and learning objectives of our time together, as well as explain the significance of the learning community approach and its catalyzing effect in discipleship and the impact it has. The group will also have time to get to know one another through sharing discipleship experiences and challenges. Then the group will hear and discuss Christ’s gospel through Acts chapter 3 as the power that fuels our own faith and the transformation of others.


Factory or Field?

Rick Hill

Disciple making isn’t so much about a programme or a product, but instead is a deliberate process that often happens gradually and cumulatively over time. This seminar will unpack this picture of discipleship and explore how we walk with people through the ups and downs of life. Through looking at the model of Jesus’ example, we will also touch on the need to include both consistent relationship and constant challenge within our leadership.

Day 2

Growing as a Healthy Disciple

Jim Cecy

Just as healthy children grow, so do healthy disciples. But how do we accurately measure our spiritual health on regular basis? The Bible presents a tool for accurately measuring our growth—one that can also be used to assess the spiritual health of any group of believers.


Reproducing Mature Disciples Ready for Leadership 

Mike Betts

2 Timothy 2:2 ESV: ‘…and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also…’  

The mission of the church can only be fulfilled according to the availability and readiness of emerging leaders.  They will need to have been effectively discipled by experienced leaders so that there is an entrustment which enables the mission to be widened in scope and have longevity to go forward with future generations.  As those who disciple, we need to recognise and call out grace in others.  It is a role akin to father and son or mother and daughter.  It is a family and relational dynamic, rather than one of pure methodology. 

In this session we will look at key principles involved in the raising up of mature disciples who are ready to lead at all levels.  They will be those who carry the same values and vision that we carry, and who are also able to lead and disciple others, not by copying methods, but by imparting the biblical vision and encouraging the development of God-given grace in others.  We will consider: How do we identify what we often do intuitively and train others in it?  How do we develop character and skills in others most effectively?

Day 3

Partakers and Sharers of the Divine Nature

Jay Eastman

In the small book of 2 Peter, the apostle delivers one of the biggest statements of the faith in the first chapter – we are partakers of the divine nature through Christ. We will explore how partaking of the divine nature shapes us as disciple-makers and leaders, as well as how it shapes those we disciple and lead. Both the depth of this profound mystery as well as the broad scale of its impact are the fuel and destination of maturity in Christ.


Best Examples of Discipling Leadership

Larry Anderson

There is no perfect step-by-step manual for making disciples and growing leaders in Christ. One very helpful method, however, takes the timeless truths of Scripture and observes how they have been applied to bear fruit in modern experience over time. This process allows us to grasp the depth of what making disciples should include, as well as learn from patterns of best practice. We’ll look at lessons learned from decades of discipling leaders and then participate in case studies pertaining to those truths and situations.

Day 4

Overcoming Challenges and Facing the Unknowns

Panel Discussion with Jay Eastman, Larry Anderson, and Jim and Karon Cecy

Every disciple-making leader has times where certain challenges of discipleship have no obvious answers. We'll look at some particularly troubling questions such as, “Why didn’t this person or group multiply?” and “What’s happening when a person is interested but shows no growth over time?” as well as working through present-day problems from you in the network. The group will also use this information to springboard into writing a strategic discipleship plan to apply back at home.

Strategic Discipleship Plans and Learning Cohorts

Jay Eastman

In this last session together, you will finish writing your strategic discipleship plans and share them with the group, who will give encouragement and feedback on clarifying and strengthening your plan. We will also form cohort groups to keep one another accountable to the plans we've made and spur each other on throughout the year.

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