Christians everywhere want to be better disciples of Jesus Christ, but struggle to know when and how to grow their discipleship.

We provide programs and events that guide Christians in spiritual formation and education so that they can be better followers of Jesus.

Based at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, the Institute provides a wide variety of programs to meet the educational needs of clergy and lay people, as well as resources that help young people explore the Bible and discern their call from God. Started with funds from the sale of DISCIPLE Bible Study, the Institute for Discipleship sees itself as a continuation of DISCIPLE writers Richard and Julia Wilke’s lifelong ministry. 

Under the leadership of Richard and Julia’s son Dr. Stephen Wilke and the Institute’s hard-working staff, the Institute has experienced continued growth and expanded reach through new programs and philanthropic initiatives since its inception in 2001.  With a track record of improved performance year after year, a growing budget and staff, and a strong history of partnership development with other organizations, the Institute for Discipleship is excited about moving into the future!