Relational Discipleship

June 29, 2012


Dear Friends,

A couple years ago the Lord allowed Eastside to intersect with Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho. Since then Eastside has been on a quest to make “relational discipleship” at the heart of who we are and what we do. I would like to share several of my observations regarding “relational discipleship” as we have been journeying down this road.

What is relational discipleship? Here is my definition, relational discipleship is about real people sharing real stories about real life with biblical truth and intentionality. Notice there are several key components of this definition. First, its about people being transparent with one another. Second, relational discipleship is about being intentional in conversation and intentional about weaving the Word of God into the conversation. Relational discipleship is about journeying with people and allowing the Word of God to be the guiding force in the relationship.

Learning about relational discipleship is easier than living out relational discipleship. Reading about relational discipleship and attending Immersion 1 and 2 Conferences was the easy part of the journey. The hard part is now living out what the Holy Spirit has revealed to you. Presently, I am seeking to live out relational discipleship with the people in my life (i.e. family members, staff team, developing an inner circle, small group, and in everyday conversations). I wish I could tell you that it was easy but it’s not. Relationships have a tendency to be very messy and therefore require a lot of time.

Stay tune as I am just now wading into the actual relationship components with the various groups above.

Your thoughts? Comments?


  1. Carmel says: June 29, 2012

    Relational discipleship to me differentiates between having a faith and living smack dab in the middle of it WITH each other. It’s clumsy sometimes. Those who don’t know it is or what this means, have not taken the leap – moving from encouraging each other, lifting others in prayer – to not just stepping OUT in faith so much as stepping INTO faith by having God conversations with each other without fear of being wrong or offending or stretching yourself. Awkward sometimes, yes. Messy, yep. But I’m thinking without this relational approach you rob God of an opportunity to use you in ways you never thought possible to reach someone He has his eye on. Thanks, Virgil!

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