Maize Plant Discipleship

multi2x1Maize Plant Discipleship is a scripturally-based learning resource, based on a combination of contextual leadership training experience, combined with missiological doctoral research.

It comprises:

  • Syllabus Handbook
  • 15 Modular Handbooks
  • 60 Scripturally-based Studies
  • 240 Topical Sections
  • 900+ Reflective Questions
  • Innumerable Biblical Cross-references


The goal of Maize Plant Discipleship is to facilitate biblical learning that continuously moves outwards, drawing whole communities into patterns of scripturally-based discipleship, in living dialogue with contextual culture.

Accordingly, it is:

  • Tailored to small learning groups, incorporating reflective discussions
  • Conceptually, inter-culturally and linguistically accessible
  • Licensed for republication, training and translation
  • Suitable for informal and formal learning modes.

Growing maize: a metaphor for forming disciples

From the cover of the Resource Handbook:

Growing maize is a metaphor for forming disciples.

Maize is grown throughout Africa. By ordinary, untrained people. For food; for sharing; for sowing. It is not the domain of specialist agriculturalists. Anyone can grow maize; almost anywhere. All it takes is soil, sunshine, rainfall, seed, some basic tools and a determination to act.

Likewise, anyone can be involved in making disciples. It is not the domain of clerical professionals. The need is to facilitate scripturally-based discipleship, by providing a set of basic tools, for the use of ordinary, untrained people.

I authored this resource in response to seven years of contextual leadership training, followed by four years of doctoral research, undertaken in the context of episodic visits to Burkina Faso, West Africa.

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