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Discipleship & Pastoral Care Resources

“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” – Jesus (Matthew 4:19)

Discipleship

Becoming a Christian

    • People at this first stage of a disciple’s growth need:
        • to be in a safe, hospitable relationship with a follower of Jesus
        • to have the good news of Jesus clearly explained
        • to learn about the unique teachings of Christianity and have their questions answered
        • to be invited to follow Jesus
    • Some resources to choose from:
        • Prodigal God (Timothy Keller)
        • Making Sense of God: Finding God in the Modern World (Timothy Keller)
        • The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism (Tim Keller)
        • Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense (N. T. Wright)

New Christian

    • People at this first stage of a disciple’s growth need:
        • to receive some individual attention from a more mature follower of Jesus
        • to be taught the Word of God
        • to witness the habits and practices of a happy, healthy, and missional Christian
        • to have basic spiritual disciplines explained
    • Some resources to choose from:
        • CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet (Michael Emlet)
        • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life (Donald Whitney)
        • The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms (Timothy & Kathy Keller)
        • The Divine Hours (Phyllis Tickle)
        • Habits of Grace (David Mathis)

Developing in Christ

    • People at this first stage of a disciple’s growth need:
        • to learn how to read and study Scripture on their own
        • to deepen their relationships with Jesus and other believers
        • to start discovering how God has uniquely equipped them to serve the body of Christ
    • Some resources to choose from:
        • Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (Peter Scazzero)
        • The Universe Next Door (James Sire)
        • Caring for One Another: 8 Ways to Cultivate Meaningful Relationships (Ed Welch)
        • Wholeheartedness: Busyness, Exhaustion, Healing the Divided Self (Chuck DeGroat)
        • How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth (Gordon Fee & Douglas Stuart)

Early Maturity in Christ

    • People at this first stage of a disciple’s growth need:
        • to find appropriate opportunities to serve our church, our community, and our world
        • to be mentored through different ministry experiences
        • to establish healthy boundaries for themselves and their families
        • to learn through serving in the church how to navigate complexities of church life
        • to add to one’s understanding of the basics of Christian belief
        • to grow in Christian rhythms such as proper boundary setting and missional living
    • Some resources to choose from:
        • Salvation Belongs to the Lord (John Frame)
        • You Can Change (Tim Chester)
        • The Art of Neighboring (Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon)
        • Crazy Busy (Kevin DeYoung)
        • Knowing God (J. I. Packer)

Greater Maturity in Christ

    • People at this first stage of a disciple’s growth need:
        • to develop relationships with other followers of Jesus in this stage
        • to be released and supported to do “the work of ministry” (Eph 4:12)
    • Some resources to choose from:
        • The Heart of a Servant-Leader (C. John Miller)
        • Introducing Christian Mission Today (Michael Goheen)
        • Center Church (Timothy Keller)
        • Real Life Discipleship (Jim Putman)
        • A Long Obedience in the Same Direction (Eugene Peterson)

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Pastoral Care

Depression

    • Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness (Ed Welch)

Anxiety

    • Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest (Ed Welch)

Co-dependency / People-pleasing

    • When People Are Big and God Is Small (Ed Welch)
    • The Pressure’s Off (Larry Crabb)

Shame

    • Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection (Ed Welch)
    • The Soul of Shame (Curt Thompson)

Addiction

    • Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave (Ed Welch)

Anger

    • Good & Angry (David Powlison)

Sexual Struggles

    • Making All Things New (David Powlison)
    • Surfing for God (Michael John Cusick)

Grief & Loss

    • Walking with God through Sin and Suffering (Timothy Keller)

Marriage & Family

    • Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles that Can Radically Change Your Family (Paul Tripp)
    • What Did You Expect: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage (Paul Tripp)

Vocation & Culture

    • Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work (Timothy Keller)
    • Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling (Andy Crouch)