Toward a Biblical Model of Discipleship: A Case Study of the Willow Creek Community Church

Boubakar Sanou, Andrews University


In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus set the agenda for the church. In a sort of farewell speech, he said to his disciples: All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go there - fore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. This call to disciple all nations has been interpreted and applied dif- ferently over the centuries. Today, there is a renewed emphasis on dis - cipleship in many Christian circles. This paper looks at the Willow Creek Community Church’s seeker-sensitive approach to discipleship and then draws some implications for developing an effective discipleship model. [Introduction]