Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Barnett College of Ministry & Theology


Department of Christian Ministries and Religion

Primary Advisor

Dr. Jim Thompson

Second Advisor

Dr. Daniel McNaughton

Third Advisor

Dr. Jim Vigil


Many pastors, lay leaders, and followers of Jesus have a desire to make disciples, but there seems to be a general lack of understanding at the local church level about what it means to make disciples and equip disciple-makers. The Chartis discipleship assessment ( was created as a discipleship assessment to assist disciple-makers in pragmatically defining, assessing, and progressing the spiritual growth of their disciples. Discipleship definitions, supplemental teaching resources, and a biblical theology of discipleship were also created to produce a robust discipleship toolkit for any potential disciple-maker to utilize. These tools were given to eleven disciple-makers to be utilized over a six-week period to disciple others in one-on-one, small discipleship groups of two to five, and in microchurch/small groups settings of fifteen to forty. The eleven disciple-makers and a sample of six of the thirty-two people discipled were then subsequently interviewed to gauge the qualitative effectiveness of the Chartis discipleship assessment and resources. Findings, implications, and future recommendations are provided.