Emotionally Healthy Discipleship: Moving from Shallow Christianity to Deep Transformation

Emotionally Healthy Discipleship: Moving from Shallow Christianity to Deep Transformation

by Peter Scazzero

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Pastors and church leaders want to see lives changed by the gospel. They work tirelessly to care for people, initiate new programs and ministries, preach new sermon series, and keep up with the latest trends. Sadly, it would seem that much of this effort is not resulting in deeply changed disciples.

Why? Because many churches are unknowingly operating from a shallow discipleship that allows people to recycle the same problems year after year. Church goers are increasingly passive with lives not distinct from the culture. People are not able to integrate anger and sadness. Many are defensive and incapable of revealing their own weaknesses. Church leaders desperately need a better way of teaching people what it means to follow Jesus in a transformative way.

In Emotionally Healthy Discipleship, bestselling author Pete Scazzero combines three decades of wisdom with hard lessons from his own ministry journey. He lays out what is required for church leaders to multiply deeply-changed people who are growing in relationship with God, themselves and others.

Scazzero begins with four beneath-the-surface, systemic gaps that undermine serious discipleship. He provides a clear vision for a church culture that deeply changes lives and then practically unpacks the seven biblical marks of emotionally healthy discipleship:

  1. Learn to Be Before You Do
  2. Follow the Crucified, Not the Americanized, Jesus
  3. Receive the Gift of Limits
  4. Befriend Suffering and Loss
  5. Break the Power of the Past
  6. Practice the Presence of People
  7. Lead Out of Brokenness and Vulnerability

Finally, he lays out practical steps for you to create an emotionally healthy discipleship culture that actually has the power to change the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781713571483
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 03/30/2021
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.60(d)

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

Acknowledgments 239

Notes 241

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