When Joey Hanner began pastoring Union No. 3 Baptist Church near Gasden, Alabama, he felt something wasn’t quite right.  After attending an event on discipleship, he discovered what was missing.  “I asked them to stand if they had been discipled one-on-one before and only two people stood up,” he told Baptist Press.  That response fueled a movement toward discipleship at the church which has seen a record 900 people baptized in the past six years.

“We’re a very strong evangelistic church,” Hanner said.  He explained that about 50 people from the church go out every Sunday and Thursday to visit people in the community, followed by one-on-one discipleship.  “Since we started discipleship, our church has matured. We’ve caught the vision of what a true Acts 1:8 church should look like,” Hanner said. READ MORE