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a. One who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another.
b. An active adherent, as of a movement or philosophy.
2. often Disciple One of the original followers of Jesus.
3. Disciple A member of the Disciples of Christ.

[Middle English, from Old English discipul and from Old French desciple, both from Latin discipulus, pupil, from discere, to learn; see dek- in Indo-European roots.]

dis·ci′ple·ship′ n.
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Noun1.discipleship - the position of disciple
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
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In clear terms, Jesus reminds us again today that discipleship is not about power, privileges and entitlement.
Synopsis: Within a traditional Christian perspective, discipleship can feel like a meandering journey in that we don't know what we want, and none of the programs offered seem to get us anywhere.
The heart of this gospel future will positively focus on two things: discipleship and Jesus.
Bonheoffer wrote a book calledThe Cost of Discipleship in which he said God's love and grace are free to us.
In 2018, the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism of the World Council of Churches (WCC) took place in Arusha, Tanzania, on the theme "Moving in the Spirit: Called to Transforming Discipleship." More than one thousand participants from many different Christian traditions and from every part of the world gathered in Arusha from 8 to 13 March 2018.
This issue of International Review of Mission deals with the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME), "Moving in the Spirit: Called to Transforming Discipleship," held on 8-13 March 2018 in Arusha.
Speaking on the theme, The end time Ministers' leadership role in the Church - Evangelism and Discipleship, Pastor Akinwale advised clergies to be credible and always stand for the truth.
Caccia said it is the prayer of the pontiff that the participants will be challenged to a "missionary discipleship" and "transformation".
In "The Parabola of Discipleship for the churched and unchurched" he presents a very interesting account of a discipleship program run through the homeless ministry of a Chicago church.
Author, speaker, and founder of Arise2Read, Donna Gaines is known for her two passions, discipleship and literature.
An appendix, "Confessing Christ in a World of Violence," presents Jim Wallis's response ("The Religious Right Era Is Over," Sojourners Magazine [October 2004] 5-6) to the dangers of an American "righteous empire." The book's content is light on scholarly commentary but dense with the implications of the text for discipleship. Due to C.'s overarching concern for justice issues, the scholars whose works inform the comments are a select group, most often William Herzog, Richard Horsley, and Ched Myers.
They provide discipleship tools that equip parents, grandparents and mentors for the task of teaching the Word of God to their children.