What a Nutrition Company Taught Us About Discipleship


When my wife, Charlene, started working for a nutrition company, I was skeptical. I had never heard of them before, and the idea of online nutrition coaching seemed a little sketchy.

I didn’t change my mind very quickly. I have a radar for gimmicks, and it was searching for anything to confirm my distrust.

Charlene began to take coaching with them, and I saw her change. Later, I also took their coaching program, and I too began to change. We received habits to build in our lives, supported by daily lessons and great coaching. The content was top-notch, and it was doable and helped build the right mindset to succeed.

One day I realized: they do a lot better job of discipling people than the church. We began to think: How can we begin to apply their approach to help people apply the gospel in their lives?

Helping People Change

We began to analyze what the nutrition company did. We signed up for their coaching certification. Charlene also continued to work there and learned by watching them.

We realized that they had worked hard at a few things:

  • They delivered world-class content written by experts in the field.
  • They helped people build habits in a sustainable, doable way.
  • They provided coaching using great coaching principles.

They’re very good at what they do. (Their name is Precision Nutrition, in case you’re interested.)

We began to think about this: How could we deliver great biblical and theological content, help people build good spiritual habits, and provide great coaching? We couldn’t get it out of our minds.

Our Change

In late 2015, Charlene realized it was time to try to apply what we’d learned. She quit her job as an accountant and took the first steps to create Gospel for Life.

In 2016 we launched our beta version of Gospel for Life Discipleship. In early 2017, we launched G4L Discipleship to the world for the first time.

We’re continuing to expand the curriculum, and have great plans for the future. We want to see people change, and to give churches tools they can use to help people apply the gospel to every part of our lives.

We learned the power of great content, achievable habits, and supportive coaching from a nutrition company. We’re excited about helping people and churches apply these same principles so that many can experience transformation in every part of their lives.

What a Nutrition Company Taught Us About Discipleship
Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash

I'm a grateful husband, father, oupa, and pastor of Grace Fellowship Church Don Mills. I love learning, writing, and encouraging. I'm on a lifelong quest to become a humble, gracious old man.
Toronto, Canada