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- Print Length: 236 pages
- Publisher: 3DM; 2 edition (August 16, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 16, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005HQDUK4
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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Types of cultures we create:
High Challenge / Low Invitation. Stressful quadrant. Discouraged culture.
Low Challenge / Low Invitation. Boring quadrant. Apathetic culture.
Low Challenge / High Invitation. Chaplaincy quadrant. Cozy culture.
High Challenge / High Invitation. Discipling quadrant. Empowering culture.
A very helpful concept is how Breen described the way people learn:
How We Learn
“There seem to be three different ways that we learn, but unequivocally, we learn best when there is a dynamic interplay between all three at one time: 1) Classroom/Lecture passing on of information 2) Apprenticeship 3) Immersion.” (Kindle Locations 256-259).
Passing on information is fine, but it is difficult to translate that information into practice. Take, for example, the often used example of learning to ride a bicycle: you could read a book on it and still not be able to ride a bike. For this reason, Breen thinks learning information needs to be coupled with apprenticeship. “In many ways, the practice of apprenticeship is about investment. Someone invests their time, energy, skills and life into ours, teaching us to do what they do.” (Kindle Locations 287-288).
We also learn through immersion, where we are immersed in a context where something is used or some skill is practiced. We learn from merely being in that environment. “The key to immersion is having access to the culture you are hoping to shape you.” (Kindle Location 306).
The research has shown us, according to Breen, that people learn best when there is an interplay of the three types of learning. I find this to be true, at least from my own experience it has been true.
Three things we need to build a discipling culture:
A discipleship vehicle (or engine): Huddle
People need access to your life (discipleship can’t be done at a distance)
A discipling language: LifeShapes
I must say that "Building a Discipling Culture" has done more for me than what I was receiving from church, even after talking with a senior member of the church. Now I know what to expect before I enter into a "huddle" and that's a big plus for me.
The book itself is well written, the author(s) conveys the content in a manner that is easy to follow, and I recommend "Building a Discipling Culture" to anyone wanting to explore this style of disciple building. I will not go over what other reviews have said about the content of the book other than my comment on "Life Shapes." The "Life Shapes" makes sense to me as presented in this book.
The paradigm change comes about as you get into "huddles" and "huddling" you discover much more time and effort is required, many people might not appreciate that in a general church environment, not that it is a bad thing. That, coupled with the fact that a certain amount of openness with people from church, who you may or may not be that familiar with, will put some people off from the start.
Why four stars? The price of the book itself is $20 and you must buy it from the author's/publisher's web site, at least for now, and personally, I am not convinced that this is the only way to build disciples. My suggestion is to download the book to your Kindle or Kindle app for $10 then if you want a hard copy for further reference you can buy the book and the other materials that go with it.
Seriously - this books provides a guideline, a refresher in exactly what Jesus did in discipling others. The application or fruit from what you'll read, can only come when you yourself, step up and step out in trusting Jesus and imitate His life to those around you. Remember, it's life on life - and Mike Breen could not have made it any clearer.