Episode 150: What is a Disciple with Alan Hirsch

On this special edition of the Ephesiology Podcast, Andrew and Michael begin a new series called Make Disciples. On this episode, they are joined by Alan Hirsch to talk about the definition of “disciple.” Be sure to follow along with us in Michael’s recent book, Make Disciples: Discover the Spiritual Journey of a Christ-Follower and watch the video series on Ephesiology Master Classes.

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Michael Cooper
Professor | Missiologist | Author

Michael is the missiologist in residence with East West where he focuses on equipping and empowering church leaders in evangelism, discipleship, leadership, and catalyzing church planting movements in the most difficult to reach places on the planet. He is the author of Ephesiology: The Study of the Ephesian Movement.

Andrew Johnson
Associate Pastor, Neartown Church

Andrew is a pastor, husband and father who desires all to know the one true King. He happily serves at Neartown Church in Houston, TX with a vibrant and growing community. He is the co-host of the Ephesiology Podcast. He is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Kairos University.


Make Disciples Video Series

A whole host of guests join the Ephesiology Podcast to explore the spiritual journey of a Christ-follower, starting with defining discipleship and concluding with the challenge of making more disciples. Each episode offers reflections and discussions with leaders who are passionate about making disciples.

Pre-Order Make Disciples at Amazon

In this insightful book, Dr. Cooper embarks on a journey of spiritual discovery through the lens of discipleship. Beginning with an enlightening introduction that probes the essence of discipleship, the book’s chapters traverse a rich terrain of faith, purpose, and action. From understanding God’s will and engaging with people to the preparation required for a life of discipleship, the book delves into unity, witness, godliness, prayer, respect, continuous learning, embracing suffering, and the transformative power of multiplication. Each chapter offers profound insights into these aspects of discipleship, illuminating the path for readers seeking to deepen their faith and commitment. The concluding chapter underscores the central mission of discipleship: making more disciples. The book provides a powerful call to action for all those seeking to follow Christ’s path in a meaningful way.

Two Free Learning Experiences from Ephesiology Master Classes

Areopagus Symposium

Taking its inspiration from the historical and philosophical legacy of Athens, Greece, the Areopagus Symposium focuses on intellectual and philosophical topics related to Christology, missiology, and ecclesiology. We invite scholars, theologians, and practitioners from diverse backgrounds to engage in a profound exploration of the theological landscape at the intersection of these vital disciplines.

Ephesiology: A Study of the Ephesian Movement

If you want to understand principles for the growth of Christianity in the first century, the place to begin is the city of Ephesus. In this winsome study, Ephesiology offers readers a comprehensive view of the empowering work of the Holy Spirit in the most significant city of the New Testament, and compels us to ask the question: how can we effectively connect Christ to our culture? 

“Masterfully handling the book of Ephesians and using its content as a definitive guide, Michael Cooper lays a theologically strong foundation that is both corrective and directive to disciple making movements.  The principles he gleans from the book of Ephesians and related texts, help to ensure the on-going multiplication and maturation of a movement. Because these are supra-cultural principles, they are applicable anywhere in the world.”

Marvin J. Newell, Staff Missiologist, Missio Nexus, Author of Crossing Cultures in Scripture

Educating to Shift the Tracks of History

To shift the tracks of history requires leaders who are equipped to critically assess and engage the contours of contemporary culture. As a new initiative in collaboration with the Movement Leaders Collective, Kairos University, and Ephesiology, we deliver just-in-time theological education focused on issues important to you, mxAcademy is designed as the theological and missiological foundation to unlock your potential as a movement leader and catalytic thinker. mxAcademy is a dynamic and innovative educational experience rooted in mDNA.

We dream of a church fully equipped, fully mature, fully mobilized, and fully alive. A church that lives and breathes the Good News of Jesus!

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