Christians Engaged in Faith Formation

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Scott Hughes is the Director of Adult Discipleship Executive Director of Congregational Vitality &amp Intentional Discipleship at Discipleship Ministries. Scott is an Elder in the North Georgia Conference and received his M.Div. Asbury Theological Seminary and D. Min. Southern Methodist University. Scott is at present the co-Host of the Compact Groups in the Wesleyan Way podcast, and creator of the Courageous Conversations project.


When very first asked to deliver a book list for the the Fundamentals of Faith Formation Series, I was overwhelmed at the possibilities. I do not pretend this is a comprehensive list and it is undoubtedly my subjective options. In reality, I’d like to hear what books you’d add to this list. 

·      Christian Spiritual Formation in the Church and Classroom by Suzanne Johnson. Even though 30 years old now, this concise book is nevertheless difficult to leading. My copy is complete of underlines and yellow post-it note flags. Johnson clarifies that we need to aim beyond individualized spirituality (that arises from inside) but for Christian spirituality (that is passed on) that definitely gives freedom. Johnson pushes us beyond well-liked psychological categories to the formation of Christian character. If I could only suggest 1 book, this would be it.

·      A Blueprint for Discipleship: Wesley’s Basic Guidelines as a Guide for Christian Living by Kevin Watson.Though Professor Watson has come to be significantly a lot more recognized for his book The Class Meeting, quite a few overlook his earlier book which requires a broader appear at discipleship formation or the strategy of us Methodist. Though it is not the most sensible book on this list, it is undoubtedly a useful guide for faith formation leaders wanting to concentrate on the patterns of Wesleyan spirituality.

·      Spiritual Theology:A Systematic Study of the Christian Life by Simon Chan. The very first non-Methodist on the list. I do not keep in mind how I came across Chan’s function, but I located it a delightful and extensive study. This book is for these who want a deeper exploration into the theology of spirituality and spiritual practices.

·      Maintaining in Touch: Christian Formation and Teaching by Carol Krau. Carol, now retired from Discipleship Ministries, has been a mentor to me and quite a few other folks. Even though her book is concise, it is theologically wealthy and sensible. Even though this book is geared for teachers and facilitators of Sunday College classes and smaller groups, it is undoubtedly helpful for any overseeing Christian education as nicely.    

·      Toward an Adult Church: A Vision of Faith Formation by Jane Regan. Even though Catholic, I incorporate this book for its focused and nicely-created argument for transformative understanding. In addition, Regan is proper to challenge churches who are a lot more apt to concentrate on young children and youth ministry at the expense of adult ministry. Concentrate on adult faith formation can cultivate a pervasive culture of discipleship for the complete church.  

What books would you add to this list?

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