Institute for Disciple-Making

The Institute for Disciple-Making (IDM) exists to equip every member of our faith family to glorify God by making disciples of all nations. We desire to see world-impacting disciple makers serving the Lord by multiplying disciples, leaders, small groups, and churches among the nations in Birmingham, across North America, and throughout the world. Equipping through IDM is both theological and practical. Such training is not simply about gaining more knowledge, but applying what we learn to the real world.

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Training Opportunities Fall 2014

The Brook Hills 7



Being a Disciple

Matt Mason, Worship Pastor


Dates: Six Tuesdays, beginning August 19 - September 23, 2014
Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Modular 17 (NOTE: location has been changed from Modular 1 to Modular 17)

Description: Whether you have been a disciple for many years or just a few days, this training provides you with a healthy understanding of the basic principles of personal spiritual growth and discipleship development.

Register HERE for this training opportunity.

Teaching the Word

Jim Shaddix, Pastor for Teaching & Training


Dates: Six Mondays, beginning August 25 - October 6, 2014
Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Room 130

Description: This training teaches principles of Bible interpretation and application to daily life situations.

Register HERE for this training opportunity.

Starting and Leading Small Groups

John Butterfield, Pastor for Local Disciple-making


Dates: Six Sundays, beginning September 28 - November 2, 2014
Time: 4:00-6:00pm
Location: Room 130

Description: Learn why we do small groups at Brook Hills. Discover the common foundations and explore various practical aspects of small group ministry.

Register HERE for this training opportunity.

Showing the Word

Tate Cockrell, Pastor of Member Care


Dates: Six Tuesdays beginning September 30 - November 4, 2014
Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Room 130

Description: This training addresses how we are to show the Word to others through member care for one another.

Register HERE for this training opportunity.

Serving the World 

Jonathan B., Pastor for Global Disciple-making


Dates: Six Sundays beginning October 19 -  November 23, 2014
Time: 4:00-6:00pm

Location: Modular 1 

Description: This training addresses the practice of theology and mission in order to make disciples of all nations across the street, country, or world.

Register HERE for this training opportunity.

Multiplying the Church

J.D. Payne, Pastor for Church Multiplication 


Dates: Four Thursdays beginning October 23 - November 13, 2014
Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Room 130

Description: This training assists you in understanding the whats, whys, and hows of disciple-making that results in starting new churches.

Register HERE for this training opportunity.

Sharing the Word (Tentative)


Dates: Six Tuesdays beginning November 11 - December 16, 2014
Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Room 130

Description: Learn how to better share your faith with others, whether that is across the backyard fence, across the hall, or across the world.

Register HERE for this training opportunity.

If you have questions, please contact Jessica at or (205) 313-7734.


Recordings Archive

We are currently in the process of making available the audio recordings of some of our spring training opportunities. You can find them in our ARCHIVE.

Philosophy of Ministry

The Institute for Disciple-Making at Brook Hills seeks to align itself with and support the Vision, Mission and Goal of this faith family.

  • We seek to glorify God by loving Him with all of our heart, soul, and mind (Matt. 22:37). His character, will, and ways are infinitely worthy of our reverent and serious contemplation.
  • We seek to make disciples by teaching the Word of God. Jesus commanded His followers to make disciples by baptizing and teaching (Matt. 28:19-20). Disciples are sanctified by the truth; God’s Word is the truth (Jn. 17:17).
  • We seek to make disciples of all nations by learning for the sake of others around the world (Matt. 28:19). Our efforts here are intended for world impact.

We are persuaded by God’s Word that the best context for the training of God’s people to fulfill God’s mission is the local church. This training includes the preparation of church leaders in numerous capacities—small group leadership, worship leadership, pastoral ministry, missionary service, and much more.

God in his grace has so gifted the church with evangelists, pastors, and teachers that His bride is able to “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:11-13). Therefore, we seek to provide high quality biblical and theological training in the context of the local church.