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Abstract

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.

Author Bio

Travis A Sharpe is a husband, a father, and a minister, but most importantly a follower of Jesus. He has been in full time ministry since 2000, serving as both a youth minister and preaching minister. Currently, he is serving as the preaching minister of GraceBridge Church in Chattanooga, TN. Travis holds the Doctor of Ministry in Missional and Spiritual Formation and also the Master of Divinity degrees, both from Lipscomb University. He has a passion for helping others find meaningful ways to connect with the life-giving power of God. In his spare time, he enjoys running, reading, following New York Yankees baseball, but most of all, spending time with his beautiful wife and three amazing children.

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