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The Passionate Church: The Art Of Life-Changing Discipleship (Life Shape, The Language Of Leadership) Hardcover – May, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: NexGen (Cook Communications Ministries ); 1St Edition edition (May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781442273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781442275
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Breen is the Senior Pastor of St. Thomas Church in Sheffield England: 2000+ in weekly worship services - 70% are under the age of 35! Walt Kallestad is the Senior Pastor of Community Church of Joy (12,000+ members). Mentored by Dr. Rober Schuller; has written three other books; comtemporary of Bill Hybles and Rick Warren.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Khoo on September 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book presents a balanced form of life for Christians. It talks about the situation today where we have a disoriented and fearful generation without an identity and what we, the church, must do to disciple this generation. The authors presents it through LifeShapes, where shapes are used to help us see and understand what and how to apply these principles.

1. Circle - it talks about the process of repentance (observe, reflect and discuss) on the downward slope of the circle, and believe (plan, account, and act) on the upward slope of the circle).

2. Semi-circle - it talks about the pendulum swing between rest and work. Here presents a very interesting and needful concept that we work from our rest. Man was created on the 6th day, and on the 7th was the rest day, so the first thing that man knew was rest, before work. In this swing, we also vary from pruning vs. growing, and abiding vs. fruitfulness.

3. Triangle - this shows the balanced life where the 3 points of the triangle represent "out" and "in" (for the base) and the 3rd point being "up". We have to reach in, reach out, and reach up. In it, it also represents Mal 6:6 to act justly (out), love mercy (in) and walk humbly with God (up). This model helps us to balance life.

4. Square - this is my favourite section of the book where I personally feel that this portion alone is worth the price of the book. It shows different discipleship styles and the associate leadership styles that should be employed. The 4 sides of the square each represent a part of the life and growth of a disciple, ministry or church.
a. D1 - Confident and Incompetant / L1 - Directive
b. D2 - Unenthusiastic and Incompetant / L2 - Visionary/Coach
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book has answered one of the big questions for me in working with many people who are post-literate (can read, but don't): How do we develop a simple, reproducible approach to discipleship, one that connects with a visual culture?

I believe that Mike Breen and Walt Kallestad have done exactly this. The LifeShapes are simple, memorable, and can be easily reproduced on the back of a napkin. I have started using the shapes in one-on-one discipling, and found that people not only quickly grasp the material, but that they can also quickly teach it to others. The shapes are easy "memory pegs."

Some of the shapes are less helpful than others. The heptagon (practicing the principles of a vital life) and the octagon (living a life of outreach) are definitely weaker in content than the other shapes. But the circle, semi-circle, triangle, pentagon, hexagon, and square are all very strong.

One theological note: the authors' take on Ephesians 4 is each believer has one of the five gifts/roles mentioned (apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher) in the text. This is different than the traditional view that these are equipping gifts given to church leaders. The biblical text allows the author's view; they just build a stronger case on this than I would.

Overall, I highly recommend this book. We plan to adopt it as a discipling model in our new church plant. Companion resources (journal, DVD-based small group curriculum) are on the way, but the concepts are simple enough that these look more like a way to generate income for the publisher. My fear is that churches could easily turn LifeShapes into a program rather than a simple, biblical and reproducible approach to discipling.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ernie Hinojosa on March 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Rev. Mike Breen has delivered a very timely book to help those of us who are struggling to move from the inherited church of the 20th century to the emerging church of the 21st century. This is NOT a "10 steps to church growth" type book. It does not communicate a program of any kind. This book helps us church leaders understand the difference between "doing" church and "being" the church. Life Shapes is a tool for inviting people to live into the Kingdom of Heaven, which Jesus says is "at hand". I've ordered some for my entire staff and can't wait to apply these principles in our church setting.
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It is great when someone writes a book that shares information that is easy to learn and apply! What is written in this book now seems so obvious, and we wonder why it has never dawned on us before! However, if you are not a church leader, it is quite a daunting prospect to suggest to your leader that 'things could be better', and then present your leader with a solution!!
But, I do agree that what has been written can become something that people will want to do when they see it put into practise from those in leadership. Everyone will willingly follow a good shepherd...
Thank you Mike and Walt for this excellent book.
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This is an early work of Mike Breen, in which he simple lays out a passion for discipleship as the life-blood of the ministry within the Church. This is a great book to introduce these concepts into the Church. For more, look at "Covenant and Kingdom" and "Building a Discipling Culture."
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