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Formation in Faith: The Congregational Ministry of Making Disciples [Paperback]

By Sondra Matthaei (Author)
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The ministry of congregations is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Behind that simple and seemingly self-evident statement lies a problematic reality, however. While congregations know that disciple making is at the heart of their identity, they often have trouble understanding how to go about it. Apart from such traditional Christian education ministries as Sunday school, too little formal thinking or planning goes into the task of forming Christians in the faith. In this book Sondra Matthaei casts a vision in which congregations open up their life of faith to others as an invitation to connect the universal longing for authentic relationships and deeper meaning with the church's practice of faithful discipleship. As folks enter the church's communion of grace, Matthaei challenges church leaders to utilize the gifts of every member and lays out a plan to help congregations grow in faith and communion with God and creation, including the context and goal of such ministry, deciding what to teach and who shall teach, and attendant relationships, structures, and practices.

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The ministry of congregations is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Behind that simple and seemingly self-evident statement lies a problematic reality, however. While congregations know that disciple making is at the heart of their identity, they often have trouble understanding how to go about it. Apart from such traditional Christian education ministries as Sunday school, too little formal thinking or planning goes into the task of forming Christians in the faith.
In this book Sondra Matthaei casts a vision in which congregations open up their life of faith to others as an invitation to connect the universal longing for authentic relationships and deeper meaning with the church 's practice of faithful discipleship. As folks enter the church 's communion of grace, Matthaei challenges church leaders to utilize the gifts of every member and lays out a plan to help congregations grow in faith and communion with God and creation, including the context and goal of such ministry, deciding what to teach and who shall teach, and attendant relationships, structures, and practices.

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Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   132
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2008
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687649730  
ISBN13  9780687649730  


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Another great work by Dr. Sondra Matthaei  Mar 2, 2008
This work is very similar to Matthaei's larger corpus work on the formation of disciples who love God and their neighbor. Some of her previous work has been more focused and Wesleyan in nature; this work is much more ecumenical. It will be useful for denominations interested in formation faithful people. Each chapter begins with a Biblical text that is further explored in the chapter. Throughout the book, Matthaei brings together personal experiences as well as Biblical, theological, and pedagogical resources in a way that is practical, insightful, and cutting edge. She provides discussion questions, reflection questions, and suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter. In addition to this, she even includes some worksheets that could be used by church and affiliated organizations interested in evaluating and improving their discipleship systems.
 

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