All Christians have the desire to grow in faith and knowledge of God. The difficulty is that most do not have the tools to help them accomplish the task. While churches desire to help their members grow in faith, many have never created an intentional plan to make spiritual formation possible. While there are a multitude of ways this could be accomplished, one avenue would be for churches to implement an intentional discipleship program. A discipleship program that combines a missional/narrative reading of scripture with spiritual disciplines has been shown to help participants grow in spiritual formation and join the mission of the God in the world. By combining a curriculum that helps members understand the grand story of the world, from creation to new creation, and how God is writing them into the story to enable them to join God’s mission of reconciliation (while also encouraging spiritual disciplines), the church empowers participants to combine both the head and heart in order to experience the Spirit’s transformation. This program has been shown as one way to help lead members of a local congregation into deeper love of God and others.
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Sharpe, Travis A.
"A Narrative, Missional Approach to Discipleship and Spiritual Growth,"
Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry: Vol. 2:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.acu.edu/discernment/vol2/iss1/2
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