Entries in Discipleship (10)

Thursday
Nov052009

Discipleship

These ministry resources address various aspects of the life of Christian discipleship.

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Monday
Feb082010

Church Leadership Strategies, Discipleship 

Disciple-Making approaches are a “measure up” method of renewal that prescribe benchmarks to assess whether members are becoming more committed disciples. Like other diagnostic/prescriptive approaches, these tools help churches measure themselves against specific qualities and move toward improvement. Not all of the resources in this genre are diagnostic, but all are to some extent prescriptive.

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Wednesday
Jun022010

Evangelism, Theology and Practice of Evangelism

The following resources, while they discuss the practice of evangelism, also include substantive observations on the theology of evangelism. They differ from books listed in Guides to the Practice of Evangelism that are more pragmatic and do not articulate a theology. They are divided according to five different theological orientations: Missionally Responsive/Evangelical, Resurgent Reformed, Missional Missio/Dei, Emergent, and Evaluating Emergent.

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Thursday
Jun032010

Evangelism, Guides to the Practice of Evangelism

The following resources offer practical suggestions and strategies for evangelism. Most are based on either hard research or exemplary practice in reaching people with the gospel. Although all these resources operate from a theological orientation, most do not articulate it. They assume readers who share their beliefs about salvation and evangelism are ready to engage, and describe the best methods and approaches.

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Sunday
Aug012010

Involvement, Spiritual Gifts in Christian Ministry

These resources address the universal belief that disciples should steward their gifts to forward the mission of God and build up the body of Christ, and that leaders must equip people for this. This is referred to in various says, depending on one’s perspective, using terms such as member involvement, ministry equipping, gift-based ministry, stewarding, or missional living. This guide discusses comprehensive systems of gift-based ministry, including small group approaches. It is closely related to the guides on “Greeting and New Member Integration,” “Managing Volunteers,” “Ministry Teams,” “Spiritual Gifts,” and “Missional Lifestyle, Discipleship, and Spirituality.”

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Tuesday
Aug032010

Volunteer Management for Ministry in Church

All churches, regardless of size, depend on members working together in ministry. Most of this is unpaid, or “volunteer.” Because of this, churches still experience all the dynamics of volunteer management. This has applications in the areas of Ministry Involvement and Church Administration.

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Friday
Sep032010

Spirituality, Spiritual Formation, Index to Resource Guides

In the meantime, click below to related resource guides on Leadership Development, Ministry Burnout and Self-Care, and Missional Discipleship and Spirituality.

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Missional Church Leadership Strategies

Missional strategies are theoretically as numerous as the contexts in which they are implemented. Several strategic methods are listed in this guide. Most are divided according to author so as to preserve the coherence of each approach. I also suggest looking at the strategies for developing established churches in the Ministry Resource Guide on “Church Leadership and Renewal.”

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Missional Resources - Lifestyle, Discipleship, Spirituality

A major emphasis in the missional conversation is that all of life should be subsumed under the mission of God (missio Dei). This involves the abandonment of dichotomies such as sacred-secular and clergy-laity. Instead, all persons are ministers who take seriously the call of God in all walks of life. A key is seeing life through the eyes of Jesus, adopting the same incarnational life, “taking up dwelling” in and among the world to make a transformational kingdom impact. This guide lists resources that reflect this understanding. Special sections look at Missional Spirituality of Work and Spirituality of Life Calling.

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Thursday
Jan132011

Missional Perspectives 03, Missio Dei Definition, Contribution

This essay explains the concept of missio Dei (mission of God), especially as used in the current missional conversation. It shows how Missional is distinct from Emergent, Traditional, and Attractional perspectives. It offers a definition, and describes how the concept of missio Dei broadens our understanding of Christian mission. The next two articles, Missional Perspectives 04 and 05, discuss how to keep this in proper perspective.

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