Stride Participant Book

Creating a Discipleship Pathway for Your Life

By Ken Willard, Mike Schreiner Published
Paperback ISBN: 9781501876257 $12.99 Buy

This workbook is a powerful companion resource for Stride: Creating a Discipleship Pathway for Your Church (ISBN: 9781501849220), and as a standalone resource. It is for anyone wanting to grow disciples. The workbook focuses on the work individual ministry leaders must do to equip those in their ministry area to develop their own individual discipleship pathway. The original Stride shows church leaders how to create a discipleship pathway for their own congregation, a process which leads to a church full of deeply committed disciples.
As disciples, we are called to do more than just learn. We are called to put our learning into action. This small group study focuses on tangible ways each of us, no matter where we find ourselves currently on our Spiritual journey, can intentionally take steps and strides closer to Jesus. This resource is perfect for small groups, Sunday school classes, men and women groups, Celebrate Recovery groups, and any Christian community wanting to help people grow as disciples of Jesus.
The authors developed and launched a highly successful pathway to discipleship in their church (Morning Star United Methodist Church, St. Louis, Missouri).

The Stride Participant Book is organized into nine sessions, with spiritually-rooted content for instruction and study, application exercises, and questions for reflection and discussion.  The nine sessions are as follows:

  1. Introduction & Discipleship Overview
  2. Spiritual Discipline of Prayer
  3. Spiritual Discipline of Scripture
  4. Spiritual Discipline of Serving
  5. Spiritual Discipline of Generosity
  6. Spiritual Discipline of Worship
  7. Spiritual Discipline of Sabbath
  8. Spiritual Discipline of Community
  9. Spiritual Discipline of Witness


Stride shows how to ensure that every aspect of a church’s ministry is designed with discipleship in mind.”

—Junius B. Dotson, General Secretary/CEO, Discipleship Ministries, UMC



“Great insight into shaping a practical discipleship process.”

—Jim Blue, lead pastor, SunRise UMC, O’Fallon, MO


“Our church found this book to be extremely helpful . . . simple . . . clear . . . and very adaptable to our ministry context. So worth it!”

Travis A. Bennett, senior pastor, Saint Stephen UMC, Amarillo, TX


About the Authors

Ken Willard

Ken Willard is a Christian leadership coach, certified church consultant, author, speaker and developer of curriculum used by pastors and laity leaders. He is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation and a member of the faculty with Coaching4Clergy. 

Ken lives in the St. Louis area with his wife Mary and works with pastors, laity leaders, local churches and other church organizations all over the country. 

As owner of Leadership4Transformation, Ken’s mission is to help equip God’s people to expand God’s Kingdom. 

Mike Schreiner

Mike Schreiner is the Lead Pastor of Morning Star Church, the largest United Methodist Church in the Missouri Annual Conference.  With the help of a core group, Schreiner launched Morning Star Church in 1999.  Under his leadership, it has been the fastest-growing new United Methodist Church start in the state of Missouri, and now serves as a model for other new church starts.