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Overview How to change from a program-dependent church to a church that makes disciples. Newly updated and revised edition of a major resource used successfully by thousands of churches, church leaders, denominations and church growth organizations. The story of the transformation of a large suburban congregation from relying on the latest and greatest in programming to a ministry wholly dedicated to making disciples for Jesus Christ. An awakening for any church, faith group, or disciple who ever allowed the ?busy-ness? of the typical church to substitute for true discipleship.
Publishers Description Review This is an excellent resource for pastors and congregations seeking to reclaim formation and discipleship as central to their life and purpose. --The Christian Century magazine, October 2005 Product Description In a recent study, pollster George Barna stated that the number one topic of interest for church leaders today is discipleship. Not growth, not pastoral care, not evangelism. Discipleship. According to E. Stanley Ott, President of The Vital Churches Institute, There is no person more qualified to address the greatest need in the church today than Glenn McDonald that of showing how the local church can grow vital disciples. In his easy going writing style, author Glenn McDonald tells the story of how he, as the busy pastor of a large and growing suburban church near Indianapolis was struggling with the ABCs of attendance, building and cash. One evening at the end of another church board meeting one of his elders asked a simple question. How long would it take for someone who visits our church to learn about his or her need for Jesus and to find out what to do about it? From that night forward the entire focus of the church changed. All canned programs for ministry were ended as everything about the church was examined in the light of Christ s charge to go forth and make disciples. The Disciple Making Church is presented in two parts six discipling relationships and six marks of a disciple. McDonald weaves vivid Scriptural insights and the wisdom of scholars with the experiences of his own congregation and others, and distills it all into one helpful, valuable and enjoyable book. If you ve ever wondered if the busyness of many of today s churches isn t what Christ was talking about, this book will have a lasting impact on your church.
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Studio: FaithWalk Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.97 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2007
Publisher FAITH WALK PUBLISHING #883
ISBN 1932902678 ISBN13 9781932902679
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More About Glenn McDonald & E. Stanley Ott
Glenn McDonald es pastor principal de la Iglesia Presbiteriana de Zionsville en las afueras de Indianapolis, una congregacion que el ayudo a organizar en 1983, La iglesia fue nombrada una de las 300 Congregaciones de Excelencia en Estados Unidos (Westminster John Knox Press, 2001). McDonald tambien es coautor, con Ben C. Johnson, de Imagining a Church in the Spirit (William B. Eerdmans, 1999) y es consultor en crecimiento eclesial para la Iglesia Presbiteriana de Estados Unidos. Tiene una Maestria en divinidades de la Escuela Evangelica de Divinidades Trinity en Deerfield, Illinois. Glenn McDonald es pastor principal de la Iglesia Presbiteriana de Zionsville en las afueras de Indianapolis, una congregacion que el ayudo a organizar en 1983. La iglesia fue nombrada una de las 300 Congregaciones de Excelencia en Estados Unido(Westminster John Knox Pres, 2001). McDonald tambien es coautor, con Ben C. Johnson, de Imagining a Church in the Spirit(William B. Eerdmans, 1999) y es consultor en crecimiento eclesial para la Iglesia Presbiteriana de Estados Unido. Tiene una maestria en divinidades de la Escuela Evangelica de Divinidades Trinity en Deerfield, Illinois.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Disciple Making Church: From Dry Bones to Spiritual Vitality?
Truely a revival... Jul 21, 2008
When introduced when the time is right (God's time, not ours) this easy to read book can inspire members of a congregation to surrender long-standing opinions and embrace Biblical truths with a new excitement and energy. After being introduced from the pulpit by the pastor, 3 small groups immediately inquired about using "Dry Bones" as their next study. The discussion questions at the end of every chapter brings the book from a reference piece to an instrument of change. Thank you, Glenn McDonald
A good push in the right direction May 12, 2008
McDonald doesn't teach on making disciples in the same sense as Leroy Eims or Robert Coleman. Instead, he is describing the benefits of mobilizing the church to equip its members. Strengthening their grasp of scripture and their understanding of following God at a deeper level elevated the spiritual life of his church, including substantial growth. So I agreed with his thrust and direction, but found myself wishing he went even further. -Dennis McCallum, author Organic Disciplemaking: Mentoring Others Into Spiritual Maturity And Leadership
Too Much Life over Doctrine for This Christian Oct 26, 2007
I enjoyed this read which centers on getting off the ABC's which most churches center on (Attendance, Building, Cash) and on Disciple making. However, progressively as I read it became obvious in our differing centers of theology. I longed to hear about the precious gospel driving all the rest, but instead heard putting people back under law, what they must do to be more like Christ. Only way of doing this is gospel.
Luther said it well: we must never let life dominate over doctrine, for the life of a Christian can never produce proper, true doctrine. However, in the opposite scenario, true doctrine can produce proper life. McDonald offers forth the counter position.
This is not to belittle his desire to make disciples, but begs the question: law or gospel. For this Lutheran, he confuses the two. Nor to belittle his suggestions which at times are beneficial for the life of disciple making, but again read lack of emphasis on means of grace, Word and Sacraments being the power of God to fuel this. Much as I enjoyed his stories to illustrate his point, much rather here reasoning from God's Word. That is why I read classic in our circles which illustrates my theology all this: "Follow Me:Discipleship According to Saint Matthew" by Martin Franzmann. You'll be blessed to find this out-of-print gem and read its gleanings from the First Gospel.
I appreciated very much his conclusion that disciple making is not program oriented, nor set of principles to be duplicated from congregation to congregation.
An excellent guide for authentic discipleship Sep 9, 2007
The Disciple Making Church is an excellent, biblically based approach to discipleship as Jesus demonstrated in the gospels. McDonald uses strong biblical examples to show healthy images of discipleship (including having a discipler for ourselves as well as mentoring others). He continues with six areas in our lives to focus on for developing a disciple mentality that will allow us to grow deeply into Christlikeness. I strongly recommend this book to every Christian who longs to be a true follower of Christ and who desires to implement Jesus' instruction in Matthew 28:19-20 to "Go therefore and make disciples...."
Well developed and easy to read, this book encouraged me and strengthened me to move even more deeply in implementing discipleship into my own life.
The best book I've read on discipleship, period. Sep 4, 2007
Author Glenn McDonald's easy going writing style is perfect for telling the story of how, as pastor of a large suburban congregation, his church was transformed from stressing the ABCs of attendance, building and cash to one that made disciples of Jesus Christ. The book is divided into two parts: six discipling relationships and six marks of a disciple. It correctly points out that being a disciple is based on relationships and on who a disciple is. McDonald weaves Scriptural insights and the wisdom of scholars with the experiences of his own congregation and others, distilling it into a helpful, valuable and enjoyable book. It is a book that will impact pastors, church leaders, seminaries, congregational study groups and individual church members. I recommend it highly.