Hi. I am Doug.

I am a pastor, speaker, coach, entrepreneur, author, and decision scientist living outside metropolitan Atlanta. I make and help others make successful followers.

My writing, speaking and consulting focus on making and being disciples.  This year debuts the book "How to Make Disciples" that shares the secret sauce and all the steps to the Sustainable Discipleship™ model. I am hoping that it helps others achieve the incredible results that we have experienced. After years of struggling to make disciples, we are now five generations deep in self-sustaining, self-replicating disciples! I thank God for the years of research, trial, and error that resulted in Sustainable Discipleship. I intend on sharing it with anyone who will listen!

If you long make satisfied, successful, self-sustaining, and self-replicating followers of God, this blog is for you.

My experience has been that most Christians feel unprepared, insecure, and unskilled when it comes to following God. They wonder if they are making the right decisions—if their decisions are the decisions that God would make. They long to follow. They long to know God, but they have no idea what to do or why to do it.

Making disciples is the answer. Making disciples adds preparation, confidence, and skill so that Christians can thrive. Making leads them to abundant living.

I write here two to three times a week about the art of following and making followers of God.

The "Make Disciples" posts share research, innovations, and ideas about successfully making disciples. These posts also share real successes and real failures.

The "Being a Disciple" posts may help you by illustrating how we help others discover and apply God's truths in meaningful ways. Making virtual disciples is not my current focus, but I love writing these posts. I am a relentless disciple-maker.


I am the leader and part of the skilled and growing team of teachers at Three Taverns Church in north-metro Atlanta. Three Taverns is my home base, where I am privileged to make disciples and be a disciple. I am amazed at the culture and depth of leadership that discipleship has brought us. It is that depth that allows me to now focus on coaching rising leaders, speaking, and writing.

I have a Ph.D. in Christian Leadership and an MA in Biblical Studies. I am a Decision Scientist.

I founded Different.ly, a decision science consulting firm that helps, leaders, churches, and corporations to make better decisions and solve problems.

I am the founder of Visual Study Bible and the designer and architect of its flagship product WordBloom.com. Wordbloom is a grassroots mind-mapping, bible study SAAS.


I do all my initial writing in Ulysses for Mac. I highly recommend it for cloud storage, security, and mostly an easy to use but full featured writing tool. I edit all my writing for readability in Hemingway Editor and then check my grammar with Grammarly. 

I publish with Vellum. Vellum is an incredibly easy and quick way to style a book and publish to ebook and print with a simple, intuitive interface. Audra Gerber did an excellent job editing my book. You can find her on Upwork.

My blog is managed using WordPress hosted on a SiteGround server. You cannot beat their customer service. 


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