The Way of Discipleship: Women, Men, and Today's Call to Mission
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Vatican II's famous declaration that "the church on earth is by its very nature missionary" has often been taken out of context and used to support all manner of church initiatives. But, the conclusion of the statement - "since...it has its origin in the mission of the Son and the Holy Spirit" - is of monumental importance.

In The Way of Discipleship, theologian Anthony Gittins describes the eternal mission of the Trinity, historically brought "down to earth" in the ministry of Jesus, and then continued to the ends of the earth by those called and sent as disciples throughout future generations. Gittins explains that Christian discipleship must be the living out of Jesus' own example in many different times and places. He encourages people of all ages to follow the invitation of Jesus to be missionary disciples.

The Way of Discipleship explores several New Testament examples of Jesus' call and commissioning, distills the principles involved, and then recontextualizes the stories so that they pose a direct challenge to disciples today. In this way, Gittins builds up a picture both of "the Way" of Jesus himself, and of the way in which today's disciples can loyally follow his call to mission.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Liturgical Press
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 0814647154
ISBN-13: 9780814647158

Author Bio

Anthony J. Gittins is an ordained member of the Spiritan missionary Congregation who served for a decade in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Trained in social anthropology, he subsequently taught theology and anthropology for thirty years in London and Chicago. He also worked with and among homeless women and as a hospital chaplain. Currently emeritus professor of theology and culture (Catholic Theological Union, Chicago), he offers workshops, seminars, and retreats nationally and internationally. He has written books on culture and theology, mission, spirituality, and discipleship.

Editorial Reviews

Tony Gittins is never one to speculate from the water's edge. His pastoral exegesis presents discipleship as a performative, reflective, ongoing labor of love. Clearly reaching into his decades of street ministry, Tony offers the church an engaging, creative reading of Scripture that calls for an honest appraisal of our relationships with Jesus through embodied love of neighbor.
Amanda Quantz, University of Saint Mary

"If ever there were a firm foundation in service of adult formation for understanding the call of Christian discipleship, Father Gittins' book achieves this purpose. More than the depth of meaning and insights he extracts from the gospels and illumination of familiar Christian terms, Father Gittins integrates these multiple dimensions into a wholehearted way of living out Jesus' call to follow, an invitation that extends beyond theological understanding to the fullness and continuing unfolding of our Christian identity at every occasion of growth and change.
Colleen Gregg, MA, Director, Mercy Center Auburn

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