Discipleship on the Back of a Napkin

In case you missed it, I’ve been attempting to put reproducible patterns on the back of a napkin.

The following posts describe the different parts of DNA in greater depth:

On Discipleship: Divine Truth

On Discipleship: Nurturing Relationships

On Discipleship: Apostolic Mission

The Back of a Napkin Series:

The Napkin Test

Evangelism on the Back of a Napkin


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About traviskolder

Travis Kolder is a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of five, an organic church planter, and a writer. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he serves as part of the Cedar Rapids House Church Network.

6 responses to “Discipleship on the Back of a Napkin”

  1. gunnarlarmstrong says :

    As we have discussed before, I prefer a more informal approach. I think spending time together as a regular part of your life, talking about Jesus and what he is teaching each other, worshipping and praying together is a better way to do it. But, as far as I can see, you have been much more successful with your approach, and I know your heart is to see the kingdom of God built — so go to it.

    • traviskolder says :


      More successful might be a stretch. I’ve done it a few times, but success is measured in light of eternity, not what we see here. I appreciate your approach as well and think it’s incredibly valuable, too. I find that some people need just a bit more structure to make disciples intentionally, but I would never want to devalue what you’re doing.

      Sometime, Gunnar, I’d love for you to tell your story (either here, as a separate post, or on your own blog somewhere) about what you’ve learned about making disciples. I’m sure we’d all have things to learn.

  2. gunnarlarmstrong says :

    Travis: If you would be interested, e-mail me at Viking3761@hotmail.com. I could probably write something up for you. I don’t have my own blog. However, as I said before, although we have pursued what the Lord has put in our hearts, there is not a lot of quantifiable fruit, but, hopefully, there is other less obvious fruit — such as growth in the lives of people around us.

    By the way, I had meant to add that I appreciate the fact that you expressly include praying for others as part of your discipleship. I think transmitting a heart for evangelism is an essential part of discipleship. Gunnar

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