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The Shape of Faith to Come: Spiritual Formation and the Future of Discipleship [Hardcover]

By Brad J. Waggoner (Author)
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Providing a reality check for religious leaders and those who care about the condition of Christianity in the United States, Waggoner and his research team look at the beliefs and practices of 2,500 active, churchgoing Protestants from across the country, basing their analysis upon seven domains of biblical spiritual formation.

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Various studies suggest Christians in North America are not qualitatively different in their character and practices than non-believers. While some churches are growing numerically, many wonder to what impact. Can we determine if our churches are producing Christians who look, think and act like true followers of Jesus Christ?
In "The Shape of Faith to Come," research expert Brad J. Waggoner and his team measure the beliefs and actions of 2,500 active Protestant churchgoers from across the country against seven key standards of Biblical spiritual formation:
  • Learning the truth
  • Obeying God and denying self
  • Sharing faith
  • Serving God and others
  • Exercising Biblical faith
  • Building solid relationships
  • Seeking God
The findings reveal the current state and forecast of spiritual formation in the U.S.A. Adding encouragement to his insights, Waggoner calls all Christians to spiritual maturity and challenges church leaders to intentionally take up the mantle of making true disciples.


"Descriptive and prescriptive, this work will be seen as one of the best books ever written on what is really taking place in the discipleship process of Christians."
Thom S. Rainer, coauthor of the #1 best seller "Simple Church"
"The elephant in the room of evangelicalism is the surprising lack of discipled believers in all different kinds of churches. We have produced a cafeteria Christianity rather than a robust orthodoxy and Jesus-shaped spirituality. In this challenging and disturbing book, Brad Waggoner draws on twenty years of research in discipleship and spiritual formation to not just show us who we are, but to point us to what we must do. "The Shape of Faith to Come" will become a milestone as evangelicals begin to take discipleship seriously once again."
Ed Stetzer, coauthor of "Lost and Found: The Younger Unchurched and Churches that Reach Them"
"This book comes closer than any study with which I'm familiar to providing an insightful and objective evaluation of the spiritual condition of the church in America. Where is the church weak, and where is she strong? Some of the answers indicated by "The Shape of Faith to Come" may surprise you."
Donald S. Whitney, author of "Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life"

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Item Specifications...

Studio: B&H Books
Pages   315
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.18" Width: 6.28" Height: 1.08"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 15, 2008
Publisher   Broadman And Holman
ISBN  0805448241  
ISBN13  9780805448245  

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More About Brad J. Waggoner

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Brad J. Waggoner is vice president of Research and Ministry Development for LifeWay Christian Resources. Previously dean of the School of Leadership & Church Ministry at Southern Seminary, he holds a Master of Arts degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Master of Religious Education degree and Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Waggoner and his wife have two sons and live in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Shape Of Faith To Come?

Outstanding Textbook - Must Read  Nov 20, 2009
I use this in my class teaching ministerial students the fundamentals of discipleship and spiritual formation. Good material! It clarifies the question,"What is Spiritual Formation?" I have recommended this to other pastors as well.
Shape of Faith  Mar 21, 2009
Waggoner has confirmed what I have seen over the past few years. His thorough research is harrowing to consider. It should cause us as church leaders to reevaluate our methods. I have seen through this work and a variety of others that the common denominator of the churches that are having an impact is this: HIGH EXPECTATIONS!
Jesus asked us to live life as he did...
Here is my thought about why churches are struggling - our pastors/leaders are struggling. We can only lead to the places where we have been or at least headed to...
The most underestimated mission field is staring us in the face every week - our own congregations.

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