This article offers Dietrich Bonhoeffer as a resource for educational ministry by placing him in conversation with what Richard Osmer calls the normative task of practical theology. In response to the practical theological question “What ought to be going on?” in a given ministry context,
Bonhoeffer answers: “Discipleship.” Bonhoeffer’s concepts of revelation, ecclesiology, and Christology inform a distinct theology of discipleship that culminates in his notion that “religionless Christianity” is the very possibility of discipleship. In addition to Osmer, Bonhoeffer’s ideas are interpreted in relationship to Ray Anderson, Andrew Root, and Darrell Guder.
Keywords: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, discipleship, revelation, ecclesiology, Christopraxis, religionless Christianity