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.

Click HERE for more information about the Brook Hills 7 courses and tracks.


Online Training Opportunities

Registration Open May 3 - June 8

Being a Disciple - REGISTER

Matt Mason, Worship Pastor

June1 - August 2, 2015

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.


Multiplying the Church - REGISTER

J.D. Payne, Pastor for Church Multiplication 

June1 - August 2, 2015

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


Showing the Word - REGISTER

Tate Cockrell, Pastor of Member Care

June1 - August 2, 2015

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

Serving the World - REGISTER

Jonathan B., Pastor for Global Disciple-making

June1 - August 2, 2015

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


Teaching the Word - REGISTER

Jim Shaddix, Pastor for Teaching & Training

June1 - August 2, 2015

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


Sharing the Word - REGISTER

J.D. Payne, Pastor for Church Multiplication 

June1 - August 2, 2015


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

Starting and Leading Small Groups

John Butterfield, Pastor for Local Disciple-making

This class is not yet available online. Please check back for opportunities in the fall.

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


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.