Gospel Discipleship: 4 Pathways for Christian Disciples

What's Your Discipleship Type? 

That’s the question Gospel Discipleship seeks to answer. Through the process, you (and possibly your whole church) will learn if you are a Markan (Holy Spirit centered), Matthean (Action driven), Lukan (Relationship focused), or Johannine (Mentor-Apprentice nurtured) disciple. Once you understand who you are and how you conceive of discipleship, you can map a path to grow intentionally in your love and life with Jesus. You will also find that you can work better alongside other Christians once you understand where they are coming from too.

Webinar Series 


Author Michelle J. Morris will offer 6 webinars each Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Central Time beginning May 6 to invite you into this journey of discovering the disciple you are meant to be. Join us as an individual, or invite your church to watch along, all from the comfort and safety of home.

  • May 6 - What is Gospel Discipleship?
  • May 13 - Markan Discipleship
  • May 20 - Matthean Discipleship
  • May 27 - Lukan Discipleship
  • June 3 - Johannine Discipleship
  • June 10 - Discipleship Together as a Church


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Recorded Webinars:

Session 1 - Introduction to Gospel Discipleship


Session 2 - Markan Discipleship


Session 3 - Matthean Discipleship 


Session 4 - Lukan Discipleship


Session 5 - Johannine Discipleship


Session 6 - Discipleship Together as a Church

Live and walk on the unique path Jesus is calling you to follow as a disciple.

There was a time when discipleship was taken for granted. It was assumed that people could be persuaded to believe and that each person would step into the path that took them to Jesus. That assumption is no longer valid. As early as the Gospels, Jesus and his biographers recognize that each person brings experience to the journey, which travels through different times and places. The discipleship path for each individual disciple is assessed and determined through this Gospel Discipleship Participant Guide while the Gospel Discipleship Congregation Guide serves as the implementation guide for church leaders. It also assesses the discipleship path for the congregation as a whole.

By understanding what type of disciple you are, participants in Gospel Discipleship can clarify the path they need to walk. Some people love to go on mission trips; some people really thrive learning from a great teacher; some people connect to God through painting and music; and some people just want to have a cup of coffee and talk about life and eventually get around to talking about Jesus. Participants in Gospel Discipleship can be set free from the guilt of not feeling like a "real" disciple because they don't feel called to experience the journey the same way as everyone else. Instead, participants can become the disciple Jesus wants them to be. They can spend their valuable time and energy living and walking on the path where Jesus is calling them to follow.


Live and walk on the unique path Jesus is calling your congregation to follow given its unique mission field and collective gifts.

Each congregation has a unique mission field. Several tools for developing disciples and for engaging in discipleship are available to churches; however, the resources assume that the churches using them are similar to the church that created them. With Gospel Discipleship, individuals and churches learn how to engage in self-reflection, which then defines a path that fits their context. The discipleship path for each individual disciple is assessed and determined through the Gospel Discipleship Participant Guide while this Gospel Discipleship Congregation Guide guides the implemntation of the program and assesses the discipleship path for the congregation as a wholeTherefore, the program leader(s) needs the congregation guide while individual particpants need their own participant guide. 
With Gospel Discipleship, churches can identify a pathway for discipleship applied from one of the four Gospel storytellers: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Each had a distinct approach to discipleship which can be applied to a given church's identity, vision, and mission. As disciples are encouraged by the church to step beyond the door and engage the needs of people, they can be sent forth confidently with an awareness of personal, unique gifts, and insights into the actual mission field where they participate with God in changing the world. 


Praise for the Title:

“Gospel Discipleship exceeded my expectations. It helped me make sense of past spiritual experiences when I got disillusioned with the church and left for a time. This process reminded me of who I was and who I am as a disciple.”

— Vicki Tanner, layperson, Winfield United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR

“Gospel Discipleship is the scripture-based system I’ve been looking for since I began my ministry. By showing that each of the four writers of the Gospels presents different but clear ways to grow in faith, Michelle Morris provides an outstanding resource for individuals and for church leaders.”

— Todd-Paul R. Taulbee, pastor, First United Methodist Church of Sheridan, Sheridan, AR



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Michelle J. Morris

Michelle Morris is associate pastor of First United Methodist Church, Conway, Arkansas. Previously she was Lead Equipper for the United Methodist Arkansas Conference Center for Vitality, as well as serving as pastor to United Methodist churches in West Memphis and Fort Smith.

She has a B.A. in English and French and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Arkansas. She graduated with her M.Div. from Perkins School of Theology in 2009 and her Ph.D. from the Graduate Program in Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University in 2014. She also graduated with a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. Her dissertation examined the subject of infertility in the New Testament. She was a contributor to the CEB Womens Bible, and she periodically writes for the Adult Bible Studies Curriculum for Abingdon/Cokesbury.

Michelle and her husband, Travis, have a son, Soren (not named for Kierkegaard).