A Christians desire to grow in faith is beautiful and biblical, best illustrated in Jeremiah 17 where Scripture describes "The man who trusts in the LORD" as being "like a tree planted by water . . . It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit."
But how do people really grow? Transformational Discipleship describes the process that brings to life that kind of person described in the Bible. Theres no magic formula or mantra to recite here, but rather a substantive measure of research with churches and individuals who have wholeheartedly answered the call of Jesus to make disciples.
A compilation of their wisdom and stories, it surely guides church leaders and members to practice the intentional efforts needed to foster an entire culture in which people grow in Christian faith.
And they will grow, not because of human research, but by the power of the Word and of the Holy Spirit working through the churchthe same way disciples have always been made. When the people of God engage in the mission of God through the Spirit of God, lives are transformed.
Eric Geiger serves as the vice president of the Church Resource Division at LifeWay Christian Resources. Eric received his doctorate in leadership and church ministry from Southern Seminary. He is also a teaching pastor and a frequent speaker and consultant on church mission and strategy. Eric has authored or co-authored several books including the best-selling church leadership book, Simple Church. He is married to Kaye, and they have two daughters, Eden and Evie.
Michael Kelleyis director of Discipleship at LifeWay Christian Resources and author ofBoring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life.His previous works includeHoly Vocabulary,The Tough Sayings of Jesus, andWednesdays Were Pretty Normal. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. Michael and his wife have three children and live in Nashville, Tennessee.
Philip Nation is director of Ministry Development with LifeWay Research. He co-edited The Mission of God Study Bible and co-authored Compelled by Love with Ed Stetzer.