From Here to Maturity: Overcoming the Juvenilization of American Christianity
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Many American Christians today are not sure what spiritual maturity is or how to get there. Thomas Bergler claims that spiritual maturity--which he defines as basic competence in the Christian life--is not only desirable but attainable, and he identifies its character from pertinent New Testament passages. He further offers a wealth of practical, research-based guidance for effectively fostering spiritual maturity in Christian believers and entire congregations.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802869440
ISBN-13: 9780802869449

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Publisher's Description

Expert guidance on how to grow up in Christ

This book is a follow-up to Thomas Bergler’s acclaimed work The Juvenilization of American Christianity, which documents how church youth ministries over the past several decades have contributed to a process of adolescent spiritual traits becoming accepted and even celebrated by Christians of all ages. This "juvenilization" in the church is a real problem that must be addressed, says Bergler, and in his new book he addresses it head-on.

Bergler’s From Here to Maturity is an accessible guide for helping both individuals and whole faith communities to grow spiritually. Bergler claims that spiritual maturity -- defined as "basic competence in the Christian life" -- is both desirable and attainable, and he effectively presents a biblical theology of spiritual maturity, identifying its traits from pertinent New Testament passages.

Adapting Dallas Willard’s model of spiritual formation and applying it to congregational life, Bergler offers a wealth of practical, research-based guidance as to how Christian leaders can effectively foster spiritual maturity in their congregations. He also identifies six key faith-sustaining factors and provides a system for evaluating a church’s state of spiritual maturity and steps for improving it. Ecumenically friendly, From Here to Maturity will be useful to individuals and leaders from many different churches and theological traditions.

Author Bio

Thomas E. Bergler is associate professor of ministry andmissions at Huntington University, Huntington, Indiana,where he has taught youth ministry for ten years. He alsoserves as senior associate editor for The Journal of YouthMinistry.

Editorial Reviews

David Neff
— former editor in chief of Christianity Today
"Though only individuals can be mature, Thomas Bergler argues that spiritual maturity can only be achieved in the context of community. That makes your spiritual growth (and mine) everybody's business. In From Here to Maturity church leaders will discover a helpful guide from which to gain the vision and develop a plan for their church members to grow up in the Lord."

Daniel Keating
— Sacred Heart Major Seminary
"This book explains what spiritual maturity is, why we should pursue it, and how we can reach it. Readers are treated to a compelling vision of what mature Christian discipleship looks like and at the same time given practical means to implement that vision in real life. . . . A significant contribution to a hugely important subject for the church today."

Dean Borgman
— Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
"Important, challenging, and ecumenically friendly. . . . Bergler explains, step by step, how a church can stem the influence of juvenilization and promote spiritually mature Christians. A substantive discussion of spiritual formation."

Catholic Library World
"Bergler's synthesis of his previous work coupled with application that integrates notable works on spiritual growth, makes this brief work an excellent book addressing a critical issue in today's Church."

Ordained Servant
"This book is an essential companion to The Juvenilization of American Christianity. Both should be required reading for sessions and youth leaders."

Lutheran Quarterly
"Bergler does an outstanding job describing youth culture."

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