The Adventure of Discipleship




Jesus tells us that to be his disciple we must surrender everything and, with his grace, brave the path provided for us by God. Such a sojourn will surely be marked by joy, suffering, uncertainty, and above all adventure.

Accordingly, The Adventure of Discipleship presents the Gospel through the lens of great adventure stories from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia to popular adventure movies, comic book superheroes, and TV series. While these stories we create and read and retell are but reflections and refractions of the great adventure of discipleship, they provide us with genuine insight into life with Christ.

Author Daniel Keating shows why we must respond to the call of discipleship with venturesome faith, as many great saints have before us. Along the way of discipleship, we come to understand the cost of following Jesus, the importance of hope in light of setbacks, and the gift of true friendship in this great adventure

How is this course structured?

This FREE non-credit course is being offered online using the seminary's learning management system, Canvas. Upon signing up for the course, students will receive credentials for accessing the online class.

The class will be conducted online giving students the freedom to engage with the material and complete course tasks around their own schedule. The class will consist of four modules which are designed to be completed at your own pace.

Each module will be taught by Dr. Daniel Keating and include:

- Weekly Lecture Videos (~20 minutes)
- Supplemental Reading Material (~30-minutes)
- Weekly Online Discussion Forum
- Personal Assessment Quiz


Preview / Purchase the book: The Adventure of Discipleship

Purchasing the book is completely up to you and your desired level of engagement. You don't need the book to get through the lecture videos, but you may find you want to read it after your interest grows. If you would like to purchase Dr. Keating's book you are encouraged to do so, but it is not mandatory or required. This course is completely free of charge.

What will be covered?  

The Adventure of Discipleship | Dr. Daniel Keating

Daniel Keating


Module 1: Discipleship as Adventure

Module 2: Discipleship More than a Game/Jesus More than a Superhero

Module 3: Providence and Trials in the Costly Adventure of Discipleship

Module 4: Companions for the Adventure of Discipleship

Professor of Theology  - Instructor Bio 


“There is no evil to be faced that Christ does not face with us. There is no enemy that Christ has not already conquered. There is no cross to bear that Christ has not already born for us, and does not now bear with us.”
– Pope St. John Paul II            
Register today or request information to learn more about the course and other offerings at Sacred Heart.