“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

MATTHEW 28:19–20, ESV

What is a disciple?

A disciple is someone who follows the teaching of another. While many people call themselves Christians, Jesus always calls disciples to follow Him. To walk in obedience to His teaching. To submit their lives to Him as their Lord. To delight in His presence. And to lead others to follow with them.


When Immanuel Church was planted in 2004, we asked God that in 2104:
  • Immanuel would still be a gospel light faithful to the unchanging Word of God and the Good News of a Savior who redeems sinners.
  • Immanuel would have started a church planting movement in Rensselaer, Albany, and Columbia counties.
  • Immanuel would have played a part in God's plan for a movement of God in our region.
How do work to this end? We make disciples who make disciples and grow into the leaders of tomorrow and the next generation.

The Disciple's Institute

The purpose of the Discipleship Institute (DI) is to equip future disciple-makers, teachers, and pastors.
DI courses are academic, last 8-12 weeks, and intended to reflect Bible college-level work. Most courses will have a small book fee ($50 or less) and will often include outside reading and some reflective writing.

Future Disciples Institute Classes

100:  The Disciple

200: The Leader

300: The Pastor / Elder

  • 101 Understanding the Old Testament
  • 102 Understanding the New Testament
  • 103 Theology 1
  • 104 Theology 2
  • 105 Church History and Missions
  • 106 Evangelism
  • 107 The Life of the Disciple
  • 201 Biblical Interpretation (Hermeneutics)
  • 202 Defending the Faith (Apologetics)
  • 203 Teaching for Change
  • 204 Christian Leadership
  • 205 Biblical Counseling
  • 206 Teaching Children & Teens
  • 301 Sermon Preparation
  • 302 Sermon Delivery
  • 303 Church Leadership