For Discipling Leaders

Follow Me, As I Follow Christ

Every good leader is a follower first. And helping others delight in taking a next step means being willing to take a few next steps of your own. We're here to help.

You'll find tools, resources, and ideas that will impact the way you lead followers of Jesus. We want to be on your team; and we want you to be on our team, too. Every time you use an idea or discipleship tool from us, you are running an experiment in leading and following. Share what you learn with us; we want to share it with others.

As leaders, we follow Jesus better when we follow him together. Be a leader: learn to follow.


Renew Your Pulpit

Preaching Metaphor: How to Shape Sermons that Shape People is designed to help those who preach and those who hear take more delight in the sermon.

With practical insight and self-effacing wit, Dr. Justin Rossow opens up a new way of thinking about and experiencing God's Word. The result is an approach to sermon writing that is both faithful and life-shaping.

Readers are calling it:

"A pioneering and incredible piece of work."

"A practical manual for powerful preaching."

"A joy to read!"

You can find video versions of the example sermons on the Preaching Metaphor Resource Page.

Beyond Sunday

Wouldn't it be great if the people who showed up for worship or Bible study in your church building would take what they learned with them into their everyday lives?

Of course, you know that does happen sometimes; and sometimes it doesn't.

We can't control what other people do, but we can put structures and opportunities in place to make it easy and natural for them to take God's Word with them into the rest of their week.

Next Step Press is working on a project to help you think through how you can affect the discipleship life of your congregation beyond Sunday.

In the meantime, if you've got a best practice to share, email us at

Get Your Bearings

How do you know if you're headed in the right direction? How do you measure discipleship, or encourage a culture of discipleship, or help others delight in taking a next step?

Let's talk about where you are headed and how we might be able to help.

Working with Next Step Press and The Next Step Community is like no other consulting you have experienced before. We've got some ideas we think will help you lead more intentionally. And we also want to help you run some discipling experiments of your own. We want to help you imagine a new way of discovering what's next.

Email to get the conversation started.

Let's do this, together!

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