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Research Reports

The Making Disciples Project

Five ways to get disciplemaking into your church’s DNA

Sustaining Change

Shaping Disciples: Part One

Shaping Disciples: Part Two

Discover what helps whole-life disciples grow and thrive.

LICC’s in-depth research gives leaders the insights they need to grow a church culture that equips Christians for fruitfulness in daily life.

It’s one thing to want to disciple people for their ordinary places and tasks. It’s another to make it a reality.

In the rough-and-tumble of church life, so many things compete for your energies. You can always spend more time on… everything. Should you focus on one-to-ones or outward-looking sermons? Small groups that discuss everyday life or clever visual aids in the building?

And how do you not just start well, but persist – establishing a culture of commitment to whole-life discipleship that lasts decades, not just a season?

There’s no one magic bullet – but the insights in our research reports will help you find answers to these questions in your own context.

Commissioned to explore key questions about whole-life disciplemaking, LICC research draws insights from both qualitative and quantitative data, gathered through rigorous fieldwork with churches of all kinds, up and down the UK.

Explore our reports below – and if you want to discuss the implications for your own church, get in touch at [email protected].

The Making Disciples Project

What does it take to make whole-life disciples in a local church? In this full-length report, find out what we learnt from 16 Elim churches across the UK about how to grow whole-life disciples for the long term – including best practice for everything from leadership to small groups.

Five ways to get disciplemaking into your church’s DNA

What kind of leadership helps whole-life disciplemaking thrive? In this short but detailed piece, discover insights shared by 16 church leaders who’ve journeyed through an LICC Learning Hub – in-depth training communities that grow together over two years.

Sustaining Change

What keeps whole-life disciplemaking going and growing? This in-depth research reveals key ingredients in churches that have sustained whole-life disciplemaking for three years or more, featuring insights from senior leaders, volunteers, and congregation members.

Shaping Disciples: Part One

What spiritual practices are whole-life disciples currently using, and what impact are they having? This first of two reports digs deeper into the Sustaining Change project’s findings – exploring how embedding practices like prayer and Bible reading into daily life can play a key role in helping people grow as fruitful disciples.

Shaping Disciples: Part Two

What impact would we see if we taught people tailor-made spiritual practices, and helped them integrate them into their lives? This report reveals that it can change everything – helping people live more like Jesus, grow closer to God, and feel more positive about their discipleship.

Still got questions?

Making Disciples for Everyday Life is a series of case studies addressing eight questions church leaders often ask about whole-life disciplemaking. Discover the experiences of leaders who are making progress in equipping people to follow Jesus in their Monday to Saturday lives. Available free online or in print.

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Other Resources (2)

Whole Life Whole Bible

A journey through the Bible in 50 readings

The Gateway Seven Series

Study series on seven books of the Bible, covering seven genres, with a whole-life discipleship focus