The Vision

“We will reach the world for Jesus Christ one person at a time.”
See Matthew 28:18-20 

The Mission

“We will create Biblical disciples in relational environments.”
See Matthew 28:19-20
Definition of a Disciple: And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” - Matthew 4:19
  • One who is committed to Following Jesus
  • One who is committed to Being Changed by Jesus
  • One who is committed to Joining the Mission of Jesus


"We will make disciples who make disciples of Jesus". Share, Connect, Minister, Disciple (SCMD)

See Acts 2:42-47:
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

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Jim Putman

Senior Pastor

Jim is the founder and senior pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho. Prior to his role as senior pastor, he served as a youth minister in two small churches. In college, Jim won three All American titles in wrestling and went on to become a successful wrestling coach. Real Life Ministries began as a small group in 1998 and has grown to a membership of more than six thousand with a high percentage of its fellowship active in small groups. Outreach Magazine continually lists Real Life Ministries among the top one hundred most influential churches in America.

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Doctrinal Agreement

REAL LIFE MINISTRIES has grown because God has added to our numbers. (Acts 2:47) We have tried to glorify Christ in everything we do. Our church has sought to be unified in the “major” things and have allowed for differing opinions in the “minor” things. Jesus said that the world would know that we are His because we love one another and because we are one. John 13:35; John 17:21-22

This church has people with many different backgrounds, but we are a team. We are more interested in glorifying God than arguing over non-salvation issues. “How can we agree rather than disagree?” is a very important question we seek to answer. “How can we apply the truth of scripture in a way that shows love for our Father and love for one another so that Jesus is glorified in all we do?”

We have designated doctrinal issues as salvation issues and non-salvation issues. Salvation issues are doctrinal beliefs that we believe we all must be on agreement on because these doctrines are critical for salvation. The non-salvation doctrines are the set of doctrine that people may hold a differing perspective as long as they respect other positions. We do not see them essential for salvation. With both classes of doctrine we have written what we consider non-negotiable in the approach to these doctrinal areas. By that we mean, this is how the entity Real Life Ministries will approach these doctrinal areas and those who represent Real Life Ministries will reflect that approach. We seek to have unity through agreement on the essential salvation doctrines and a commitment to be respectful of differing perspectives on non-salvation doctrines as we communicate how we as a body will approach handling differing perspectives.

The Story of Real Life


In this multi-part series, you will experience the 25 year journey of Real Life Ministries as it grows from a young group of families in a small town backyard, to a church body with locations and plants that span the community, surrounding states, and hold an ever-expanding influence across the globe. Get ready to be inspired, uplifted, and moved by the power of real-life storytelling. One person, one story, at a time.