How to Develop Lay Ministry within a Local Church: Enlarging Personal Faith Through Christian Leadership

How to Develop Lay Ministry within a Local Church: Enlarging Personal Faith Through Christian Leadership

By: James W. Holsinger (author)Hardback

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Although the use of a secular model for mentoring new Christian disciples may seem unusual, this study compares Situational Leadership to the leadership principles of the Apostle Paul. The result is a demonstration of Situational Leadership's efficacy as a method for mentoring new disciples. Christian mentoring of disciples of Jesus Christ in the local church is rarely accomplished. Local churches are engaged in assisting unchurched individuals to enter a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and to embark on the journey to discipleship. Few churches, however, have developed an explicit approach to assisting such individuals on that journey. As a result many individuals fall away from faith when the issue of sin in their lives becomes apparent and the need for resolution becomes real. In order to develop a model for mentoring Christian disciples, James Fowler's stages of faith, John Wesley's Ordo Salutis, and the four classic stages of Christian discipleship are used in determining disciple readiness. The names of these four levels of readiness - awakening, purgation, illumination, and union - are based on the four classic stages of discipleship. Wesley's four forms of grace - prevenient, convincing, justifying, and regenerating - are involved in leading Christian disciples into the four stages of discipleship. Fowler's stages of faith: synthetic-conventional, individuative-reflective, conjunctive, and universalizing, provide the socio-psychological basis for developing the disciple readiness model.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773435933
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780773435933
  • ISBN10: 077343593X

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