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A Spiritual Formation Workbook - Revised edition: Small Group Resources for Nurturing Christian Growth Paperback – November 6, 2007
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This beginning workbook for Spiritual Formation Groups features guidelines for starting up, study plans for the first eight sessions, and a questionnaire that helps map the way ahead.
Based upon five major dimensions of the spiritual life found in the life of Christ and Christian traditions: The Contemplative Tradition; The Holiness Tradition; The Charismatic Tradition; The Social Justice Tradition; and The Evangelical Tradition, this workbook program provides all the necessary ingredients to start and keep running a Spiritual Formation Group.
Christian in stance and ecumenical in breadth, RENOVAR (from the Latin, meaning "to renew") is an infrachurch movement committed to the renewal of the church. Founded by best-selling spiritual writer Richard J. Foster, RENOVAR provides individual churches with a balanced, practical, effective small-group strategy for spiritual growth. The aim of the program is to give depth to the human desire for God. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
More About the Author
A founding member of Richard J. Foster's spiritual renewal ministry, Renovaré Smith is an ordained United Methodist Church minister and has served in various capacities in local churches. Smith is also the author of A Spiritual Formation Workbook, Devotional Classics (with Richard Foster), Embracing the Love of God, Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven and Room of Marvels.
Top Customer Reviews
Two aspects of this study sticks out to me.
First, the wealth of companion material from Renovare. You will not run out of ways to challenge the members of your small group.
Second, the respect that is shown for believers in different Christian traditions. Renovare is distinctly and unashamedly Christian. It is not popular philosophy dressed up in Christian language. Yet, this book, as with other Renovare resources, value the distinctives that make up the different major themes in Christian thought. This could cause discomfort for those who are locked into a very narrow version of the faith.
I am the director of a leadership development program for my denomination. We are now utilizing this book as a part of our training with wonderful results. The students have all commented on the deepening of their relationships with each other and most especially a new understanding and deepening of their relationship with Christ. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is serious about becoming a devoted disciple of Christ.
The content of the studies is solid, based on the life of Jesus as He modeled for us the 6 areas of spiritual life. There are also well-thought out discussion questions that allow for deep reflection. There is virtually no prep time because each session is read through and discussed together.
I am currently going through this study for the second time with a larger group (15-25), and it works well even in the larger context, especially when we break up into smaller groups for some segments. I have heard from several people how great this study is. I believe that if churches used a framework like this one for their small groups, the Church of Jesus Christ would see an astonishing amount of fruit that would surprise the world.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this resource, especially if you are doing bible study with various denominations, it is truly respectful of the gifts different denominational strands contribute to the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bethany M. Dines
Excellent overview of the spiritual traditions based on solid Scriptural and historical knowledge and powerful structure to integrate them in weekly discipline.Published 6 months ago by Angela
I enjoyed the small group aspect of this book. Looking forward to using it as a guide in a spiritual formation small group this fall with college students.Published 7 months ago by Robin Gough