Item description for A Spiritual Formation Workbook - Revised edition: Small Group Resources for Nurturing Christian Growth by James Bryan Smith & Richard J. Foster...
Overview A guidebook for creating a Spiritual Formation Group includes information about the six major spiritual dimensions, based on the life of Christ and the traditions of the Church. Reprint.
This beginning workbook for Spiritual Formation Groups features guidelines for starting a group, study plans for the first nine sessions, and a questionnaire that helps map the way ahead. Based upon six major dimensions of the spiritual life found in the life of Christ and Christian tradition: The Contemplative Tradition - The Holiness Tradition - The Charismatic Tradition - The Social Justice Tradition - The Evangelical Tradition - and The Incarnational Tradition, this workbook program provides all the necessary ingredients to start and maintain a Spiritual Formation Group.
Successfully used by thousands of Spiritual Formation Group participants, A Spiritual Formation Workbook has been completely revised to correlate with Richard J. Foster's Streams of Living Water. Its new and updated exercises and teachings offer fresh perspectives on Christian faith and practice.
Christian in perspective and ecumenical in breadth, RENOVARE (from the Latin, meaning "to renew") is an effort committed to the renewal of the Church. Founded by bestselling writer Richard J. Foster, RENOVARE provides individual churches with a balanced, practical, effective small-group strategy for spiritual growth.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.24" Width: 7.4" Height: 0.32" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Nov 6, 2007
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
Series Spiritual Formation
ISBN 0062516264 ISBN13 9780062516268
Availability 0 units.
More About James Bryan Smith & Richard J. Foster
James Bryan Smith is assistant professor of practical theology and chaplain at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. Through his work with Richard Foster's Renovare organisation, James Bryan Smith is emerging as a spiritual leader for a new generation.
James Bryan Smith currently resides in Wichita, in the state of Kansas.
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Reviews - What do customers think about A Spiritual Formation Workbook - Revised edition: Small Group Resources for Nurturing Christian Growth?
Great exploration with little planning Mar 16, 2007
I've worked as a small group minister for years now, and I feel that this workbook is excellent for starting a group of established Christians. Each discussion is clearly mapped out with leader's instructions in the margins. Through the course six different aspects or facets of Jesus are presented, and almost no one is intimately familiar with all six, so it stands to minister to long time church goers. But the new Christian will be strengthened too. Other Christian authors are writing about Jesus as presented by various denominations (like Brian McLaren and Philip Yancey)but this little book is very easy to use for generating discussions. What I found most important is that each section ends with several exercises or disciplines to practice in the time between sessions. Group members will surely experience spiritual growth if they practice the disciplines. Lastly, it ends with an invitation to continue on as a group, using what has been learned through the study as a format for continued group life.
Educational and edifying .... Jan 6, 2007
This is a great resource for bringing more balance into your life. The book describes six ways of meeting God - Holiness, Charismatic, Contemplative, Social Justice, Incarnational, and Evangelical - and sometimes these words don't mean what you think they mean. The authors encourage the reader to broaden their relationship with and vision of God, and for me, I was able to see God working more powerfully, and in many more ways, than before.
A Great Start Jan 4, 2007
I purchased several of these books to lead a spiritual formation group in my parish. The book has helped my people share their faith and their struggles in that faith. It has also introduced them to the concept of accountability, which is always good.
The only problem that I encountered is the tremendous amount of oral reading required for each lesson. Some of my folks are self-conscious about their reading skills and as you take turns reading, it can be laborioius. Other than that, I would highly recommend this workbook to anyone wanting to go deeper in their spiritual life.
Great Guide for Streams of Living Water Nov 22, 2006
Adding in the how to the why. This book is a great handbook to go along with Streams of Living Water.
Streams is a book that takes about the different "streams" of Christianity and provides references and information on those different streams.
This handbook brings out the how of each stream. Each chapter deals with a different stream and how to practice that stream. There are real live applications for you to use to become better immersed in the particular stream.
This is a great book for someone who is working on the spiritual formation and needs help in the direction of figuring it out. This is also a useful guide for a small group or Sunday School class who wants to review the history of the church and the many streams that make it up.
I really enjoyed the Charismatic stream and what it had to offer in terms of understanding spiritual gifts and also fruits of the harvest.
Sharing the Journey Feb 17, 2006
This workbook provides a framework for sharing the Journey of becoming like Jesus Christ, the goal of all authentic disciples of Jesus. It contains many wonderful thoughts and suggestions.