Jim Putman
Pastor, Author, Speaker

Jim Putman is the founder and senior pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho. Real Life was launched with a commitment to discipleship and the model of discipleship Jesus practiced, which is called, ‘Relational Discipleship.’ Outreach magazine continually lists Real Life Ministries among the top 100 largest churches in America. Jim is also the founding leader of the Relational Discipleship Network. He is the author of three books, Church Is a Team Sport, Real Life Discipleship and Real Life Discipleship Workbook (with Avery Willis and others). Jim’s passion is discipleship through small groups. He lives with his wife and three sons in scenic northern Idaho.

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Creating a Disciple Making Culture: DEFINE IT – Establishing a Biblical Culture for Disciple Making

There is not a distinction between a Christian and a disciple - Jim Putman Real Life Ministries Senior Pastor, Jim…
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Creating a Disciple Making Culture: REPRODUCE IT

You don't divorce the teachings of Jesus from the methods of Jesus and get the results of Jesus. - Jim…

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Creating a Disciple Making Culture: LEAD IT

Change doesn't start with an organization; it starts with you. - Jim Putman In this podcast from Exponential East 2016,…

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Creating a Disciple Making Culture: ALIGN IT

Relationship is key to discipleship - Jim Putman In this podcast from Exponential East 2016, Lead Pastor Aaron Couch of…

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Creating a Disciple Making Culture: LIVE IT

Discipleship happens in relationship - Jim Putman In this podcast from Exponential East 2016, Senior Pastor Brandon Bowers of Awaken…
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Discipleship at the Core | Jim Putman | Exponential

"You can't take the teachings of Jesus and separate them from the methods of Jesus and get the results of…


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Discipleship in the Home - Part 1

From Exponential West 2015 Pre-Conference Session. The most important discipleship for a church leader is within your own home, with…
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Discipleship in the Home – Part 2

From Exponential West 2015 Pre-Conference Session. The most important discipleship for a church leader is within your own home, with…

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Relational Discipleships

Jesus' method of discipleship was based upon relationships. Join us to learn how churches are replicating this same approach today…

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Journey from Discipleship

Jim Putman shares his views on discipleship in relationship in this workshop session from Exponential East 2014. Putman says, “Discipleship…

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DiscipleShift - Shift 1 - From Reaching to Making

DiscipleShift occurs when church leaders move away from only reaching people and toward relational disciple making that apprentices people in…
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Discipleship in Public: Weekend Church Services