The last few months have been a whirlwind. I have been busy finishing up two discipleship book projects.
All of the files for Firmly Planted: How to Cultivate a Faith Rooted in Christ have been submitted to Crossbooks. I am thankful for everyone who gave input on the back cover content. I decided to take ideas from both and combine it into one. I have attached the new back cover for you to look over before anyone else does. We will select the launch team this week, so be on the lookout for an email.
Also, I am waiting on Zondervan to return my manuscript of Rediscovering Discipleship after the first round of editing. The tentative launch date is September 2015. I cannot wait for this book to come out!
The first half of the book chronicles discipleship through an Eastern, Jewish lens as opposed to a Western, Greek lens beginning in the First Century. I explain what “making disciples” meant to a First Century Jew (Jesus and the 12 Disciples were First Century Jews). Next, I examine the disciple-making ministries of Augustine, Thomas Cranmer, Richard Baxter, and John Wesley. The second half of the book addresses theological issues concerning disciple-making before providing a framework for gauging success in disciple-making groups— the M.A.R.C.S. of a D-group. I hope you can sense my excitement. I’ll keep you updated on the progress.
Let me share with you about one more update. We hosted 50+ people for the first ever Discipleship Blueprint event on October 9-11, 2014. The Discipleship Blueprint is a weekend experience that allows ministry leaders to gain first-hand experience from a local church actively engaging in disciple making.
We had people from all across the US along with people from Brazil and Trinidad and Tobago. Here are a few testimonies from those who attended:
“This was tremendously helpful!”
“Gave us more than enough resources and ideas of how to implement D-groups in our Churches.”
“The model D-Group experience was hands-down the most inspiring and encouraging aspect of this conference.”
“Clear. Organized. Motivating!”
To help us gain a better understanding of what people thought about the event we went ahead and asked them: http://replicatemin.webfactional.com/2014/10/13/discipleship-blueprint-recap/ (Watch the Video).
If you are considering coming to our upcoming Blueprint in March, Sign up soon because spots are limited: http://www.discipleshipblueprint.com
The best time to begin a D-group is January, so start thinking of potential D-Group Participants for 2015 NOW.
Thanks for your prayers and support.
P.S. Would you do me a FAVOR and write a short Review (1 or 2 Lines) of Growing Up? It would be a HUGE BLESSING to me and it will only take a minute.
Here is the Link: http://amzn.to/1ra5WSl