About RDN

Who We Are

The Relational Discipleship Network (RDN) is a faith-based missions organization dedicated to supporting churches in their mission to make disciples of Jesus. We accomplish our mission relationally through coaching, training, and online community groups.

What is the RDN is about?…

Mission and Purpose:

Our primary purpose is to assist churches in the vital task of making disciples of Jesus. Discipleship involves helping individuals grow in their faith, understanding, and commitment to Christ. This is an essential component of Christian ministry and a means of fulfilling the Great Commission. (Matthew 28:16-20)

Relational Approach:

A key distinguishing feature of the RDN is its relational approach to discipleship. Instead of merely providing resources or curriculum, we focus on building and nurturing relationships. These relationships often involve coaching, mentoring, and connecting with like-minded individuals within the network. (Proverbs 27:17, 1 Thessalonians 2:8, Hebrews 10:24-25)

Coaching:

We offer coaching services to churches and their leaders. This involves experienced mentors and coaches working closely with church leaders to provide guidance, advice, and support in developing effective discipleship strategies. Coaching is tailored to help churches shift their church to create a disciple making culture. (2 Timothy 2:2, Proverbs 15:22)

Training:

We provide training opportunities for church leaders and members. This training equips individuals with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary for effective discipleship. Training may cover a range of topics, including a DiscipleShift1 experience, leadership development, and practical strategies for disciple making. (Ephesians 4:11-12, 2 Timothy 2:2, Proverbs 9:9)

Online Community Groups:

We leverage the power of digital platforms to create online ministry-specific community groups. These groups serve as a virtual space where individuals from various churches can connect, exchange insights, and support one another in their discipleship journey. It provides a platform for collaboration and learning across geographical boundaries. (Hebrews 10:24-25, 1 Corinthians 12:12-14, Proverbs 27:17)

Resources:

We help develop and curate discipleship resources, such as study materials, books, and multimedia content to aid churches in disciple making. These resources are designed to align with the RDN’s relational approach. (Proverbs 2:6, Proverbs 1:5, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Networking and Collaboration:

We encourage networking and collaboration among churches and church leaders. By connecting like-minded individuals and congregations, RDN fosters a sense of unity and shared purpose in the mission of making disciples. (Ephesians 4:3, Romans 15:5-6, Phillipians 2:2-4)

Connect with us! We would love to talk with you and answer any questions you may have. You can email us at info@rdn.org or connect with us on social media, Facebook or Instagram.

Meet The RDN Team

Mark Bright

Mark “Moose” Bright

RDN Director / Vision & Leadership

Mark entered into full time ministry in 1996 after graduating from Calvary Chapel Bible College where he met his wife, Lisa. Mark started working in Post Falls, Idaho for Chuck Missler’s ministry, Koinonia House. Mark and Lisa attended Real Life Ministries, which at the time was meeting in a movie theater.

Mark and Lisa have four children who also grew up at RLM. In August of 2011, Mark accepted the role of Executive Pastor at a church in Tennessee. Over the next decade, that church grew from 3,500 to 6,500 in attendance and also planted three churches. He continued his education earning a Masters of the Arts of Ministry in 2019.

Mark has a passion for being and making disciples of Jesus’ following his teachings and methods.

Mark Messick - Redemption Church - Saraland, AL

Mark Messick

Connections & Next Steps

Mark serves as the Connections & Next Steps Coordinator for the Relational Discipleship Network. Mark graduated from The University of Mobile with a Bachelor of Arts degree and then earned a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. After serving in churches in Texas and Georgia, Mark served as the Discipleship Pastor at Redemption Church from 2002 to 2019. Mark has a passion for helping churches identify, equip, and release disciple-making leaders. Mark has been married to Heather since 2002. He and Heather have three amazing daughters, Elyssa, Natalie, and Victoria.

Lisa Missler Bright

Admin & Accounting

Lisa takes care of office administration, coaching groups coordination, database and billing for the Relational Discipleship Network. Lisa Missler Bright has two college degrees, one from UCSD and a degree in Biblical Studies from CCBC. She ran her father’s ministry for six years and has continued in voluntary ministry roles for the past twenty years. Lisa has just recently become an empty nester having raised her four children over the past 25 years. Lisa’s knowledge, heart to help and detail oriented mindset makes her the perfect fit for the RDN team.

Jason Tenney - RDN

Jason Tenney

Website & Resources

Jason Tenney is on the Relational Discipleship Network (RDN) team. He was on staff at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls Idaho from 2008 – 2017 where he was on the Church Training & Development team. Jason attended North Idaho College with a Commercial Art major. He and his wife Alisa have 4 children (Riley, Alison, Katie & Emily) and 1 grandchild (Oliver). They live in northern Idaho and love spending family time together enjoying the great outdoors.

SHERRI MILES​

Communications and National Events Coordinator

Sherri Miles is the Communication and National Events Coordinator for the RDN. She has had a fulfilling and impactful ministry career with Real Life Ministries with over 20 years of service, spanning across Children’s Ministry, Adult Discipleship, and Women’s Ministry. Her involvement in developing the DiscipleShift trainings highlights her commitment to fostering growth and discipleship within the church community. 

As the National Events Coordinator for the RDN, Sherri plays a crucial role in organizing and overseeing major events. Her passion for encouraging, empowering, and developing disciple-making leaders underscores her dedication to nurturing the spiritual growth and leadership skills of individuals within the church. 

Her personal motto, “Forced Joy is Better than Genuine Depression,” unveils her philosophy of choosing positivity even when faced with difficulties. This mindset, rooted in Christ and a relational understanding, has played a part in her ability to lead, encourage, and inspire others in their spiritual journeys. Even at life’s stumbles, her laughter adds to her authentic personality.

Beyond her role, Sherri treasures time with her husband Craig, her adult children, grandchildren and enjoys adventure and nature. 

Mark Gustafson

Technology Advisor

Serving in several different ministries over the course of his life, Mark mainly served at Koinonia House (the ministry of Chuck and Nancy Missler) for 16+ years. Mark helped develop one of the first Internet Christian broadcasting websites, a large Christian e-commerce store, and an online Bible Institute.

Spending time with his wife Amy and their children and grandchildren is one of Mark’s favorite pastimes. Growing up in North Idaho has also allowed Mark to be an avid outdoorsman. He enjoys hunting, fishing, motorcycles and just spending time in the woods. Mark also has a sense of adventure and has traveled across the U.S. and many other countries around the world.

Both Mark and his wife Amy enjoy serving with the RDN team and being a part of what God is doing in His Church around the world.

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