EMS 505E - Growing Disciples Intentionally. Ken Epp, Ph.D. Christ commands His children to “love God, love people and make disciples” (Matt 22:37-40, 28:16-20). This course will examine the role of the local church and para-church organizations in facilitating, guiding, and nurturing the spiritual growth of believers from infancy through the end of life. The teaching/learning process will be evaluated primarily in terms of intentional growth outcomes in the lives of Christians at all levels of spiritual maturity. 2 hours or 2 Learning Units. Syllabus.