Discipling Women

The Joy and Necessity


What can God do in and through a community of women? At the 2012 Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference, speakers and authors Mary Mohler and Jani Ortund sit down with Jennie Allen to share ideas of how women can disciple other women effectively. Mary Mohler serves as the president’s wife at Southern Seminary and the founder and director of Seminary Wives Institute. Jani Ortlund is a writer and speaker who partners with her husband to lead Renewal Ministries.  


Mary said that discipleship has everything to do with following Jesus. What ways of Jesus do you believe are important to emulate in your discipleship?
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Jani talked about how her mother-in-law has discipled her over the years. This discipleship is what encouraged her to then disciple other women. Do you currently have a person discipling you? What is the relationship you two have with each other? Do you currently disciple someone else? What is that relationship like?
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How is Christ a part of your discipleship practice? In what ways is your discipleship not just a Bible study reading plan and community group?
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Jani shared her discipleship model that includes prayer, Scripture, and accountability. What’s your current model? If you don’t have a model, what components do you think are important and why?
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Mary said that simply modeling the Christian life is important in discipleship. If someone were to follow you around during your day-to-day life, would they be able to see Christ in you? Why or why not?
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Jennie, Mary, and Jani all talked about the importance of relationships in discipleship, specifically relationships between older and younger women. They agreed that being intentional in asking for discipleship and available to disciple others were important for older and younger women to keep in mind. 

If you’re a younger woman, do you need to be brave and ask for someone to disciple you? Or do you know someone who needs to be brave?
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If you’re an older woman, are you available to disciple? Does your church know you’d be willing to help younger women follow Jesus?
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Mary and Jani have given their lives to minister to women. They are passionate about connecting women to each other and encouraging them in the gospel. Let their witness empower you to invite older and young women into mentoring relationships, Scripture study, and prayer, and worship together. 


For more information about the Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference, click here.