What is Deep Discipleship


In a world filled with distractions and challenges, individuals seeking a profound and transformative relationship with their faith often find solace and strength in the concept of deep discipleship. Deep discipleship goes beyond surface-level engagement with one’s faith and delves into the core of spiritual growth, fostering a connection that is both intimate and enduring. This journey is paved with essential elements such as small groups, mentorship, and a purposeful curriculum. This blog explores the significance of these components, emphasizing the importance of a comprehensive study curriculum that includes accountability and the practice of confessing one’s sins. We’ll also shed light on Thistlebend Ministries’ women’s study curriculum, particularly the “Falling in Love Again with Your Lord” series.

The Power of Small Groups

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” – Matthew 18:20

Small groups form the backbone of deep discipleship, providing a space for individuals to connect, share, and grow together. In the context of faith, these groups create a sense of community and accountability, fostering an environment where members can openly discuss their struggles and victories. The intimacy of small groups enables individuals to build relationships that go beyond the surface, creating a supportive network for their spiritual journey.

Discipleship: Guiding the Way

“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.” – Proverbs 19:20

Thistlebend studies incorporate discipleship within large group, small group, and smaller “Bring the Truth to Life”* group formats. These work together to provide spiritual guidance and offer wisdom, encouragement, support, and accountability to those navigating their faith journey. This allows for a greater understanding of themselves, provides growth opportunities, and fosters a connection with God that transcends mere intellectual instruction.

Curriculum: A Blueprint for Growth

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105

An effective study curriculum acts as a blueprint for spiritual growth, guiding individuals through intentional and purposeful learning. A well-structured curriculum addresses various aspects of faith, incorporating elements like accountability and the practice of confessing one’s sins. Thistlebend Ministries’ “Falling in Love Again with Your Lord” series, based on Psalm 63, exemplifies a curriculum designed for deep discipleship.

Thistlebend Ministries: Nurturing Spiritual Thirst

Thistlebend Ministries understands the profound thirst individuals have for a deeper connection with their Lord. The “Falling in Love Again with Your Lord” series takes women on a transformative journey through twelve chapters, delivered monthly. Grounded in Psalm 63, this series focuses on entering into divine communion with the Lord and growing to love Him with heart, soul, mind, and strength each day. The testimonies of women from diverse backgrounds and churches attest to the radical heart and life transformation experienced through this Thistlebend Bible study.


Deep discipleship is not a solitary pursuit but a collective journey that thrives on community, discipleship, and purposeful curriculum. Small groups provide a supportive environment, encourage accountability, and offer guidance, and a comprehensive curriculum acts as a roadmap for growth. Thistlebend Ministries’ “Falling in Love Again with Your Lord” series exemplifies a curriculum that meets these criteria, facilitating radical heart and life transformation. As individuals embark on this journey of deep discipleship, they discover a thirst-quenching relationship with the Lord that surpasses the challenges of a dry and weary land.

*“Bring the Truth to Life” is an integral part of our studies and is described in the Welcome section of each study.

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