The global church is facing a discipleship crisis. Here is how we move forward.
Pastors and church leaders want to see lives changed by the gospel. They work tirelessly to care for people, initiate new ministries, preach creatively, and keep up with trends. Sadly, much of this effort does not result in deeply changed disciples.
Traditional discipleship strategies fail because they do not:
- Slow down people's lives so they can cultivate a deep, personal relationship with Jesus.
- Challenge the values of Western culture that have compromised the radical call to follow the crucified Jesus.
- Integrate sadness, loss, and vulnerability, leaving people defensive and easily triggered.
- Measure our spiritual maturity by how we are growing in our ability to love others.
In Emotionally Healthy Discipleship, bestselling author Pete Scazzero lays out how to create an emotionally healthy culture and multiply deeply-changed people in every aspect of church life—including leadership and team development, marriage and single ministry, small groups, preaching, worship, youth and children's ministry, administration, and outreach.
Complete with assessments and practical strategies, Emotionally Healthy Discipleship will help you move people to the beneath-the-surface discipleship that actually has the power to change the world.
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About the Author
Peter Scazzero is the founder of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York City, a large, multiracial church with more than seventy-three countries represented. After serving as senior pastor for twenty-six years, Pete now serves as a teaching pastor/pastor at large. He is the author of two bestselling books—The Emotionally Healthy Church and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. He is also the author of The EHS Discipleship Course and two devotional books. Pete and his wife, Geri, are the founders of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, a groundbreaking ministry that equips churches in a deep, beneath-the-surface spiritual formation paradigm. For more information, visit emotionallyhealthy.org or connect with Pete on Twitter @petescazzero.
Table of Contents
The Difficult Journey to Move beyond Shallow Discipleship ix
Part 1 The Current State of Discipleship
Chapter 1 The Four Failures that Undermine Deep Discipleship 3
Chapter 2 The Emotionally Healthy Discipleship Personal Assessment 26
Part 2 The Seven Marks of Healthy Discipleship
Chapter 3 Be Before You Do 37
Chapter 4 Follow the Crucified, Not the Americanized, Jesus 61
Chapter 5 Embrace God's Gift of Limits 87
Chapter 6 Discover the Treasures Buried in Grief and Loss 110
Chapter 7 Make Love the Measure of Maturity 134
Chapter 8 Break the Power of the Past 160
Chapter 9 Lead Out of Weakness and Vulnerability 187
Implementing Emotionally Healthy Discipleship 211
Appendix A Church Culture Revolution: A Six-Part Vision 225
Appendix B Nicene Creed (with Notations) 235