Growing Disciples Organically: The Jesus Method of Spiritual Formation

Growing Disciples Organically: The Jesus Method of Spiritual Formation

by Don Detrick

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Growing Disciples Organically: The Jesus Method of Spiritual Formation by Don Detrick

"Follow me." These two simple words spoken by Jesus are often needlessly complicated with theological, psychological, and sociological interpretations. Using metaphors from organic farming, Don Detrick believes that a less complicated, organic approach for growing disciples makes sense. Maybe Jesus just wants us to simply accept the clear invitation to follow him, and experience the excitement and adventure of the journey. Don's powerful book on spiritual formation is uniquely positioned for such a time as this in the church, as younger generations are discovering that bigger churches do not guarantee spiritual formation in the life of attendees, nor do they equate greater numbers with greater levels of spiritual passion. Growing Disciples Organically addresses these honest questions: Why don't people act more like Jesus after spending a lifetime attending or actively engaged in a local church? Why can't we see that another sermon or class, however well intentioned, may not result in significant spiritual growth? Why is it difficult to face the fact that more commitment, trying harder, or more activity may not result in increased spiritual growth? Why are we reluctant to admit that we may not have all the answers? This book is intended to help people in church leadership ask, "How is our present strategy of creating disciples working for us?" Pastors, leaders and any follower of Christ will find Dr. Don Detrick's book important and compelling as it offers a fresh approach to effective, time-proven, and biblically-based methods for spiritual growth. Don Detrick has spent more than thirty years in ministry as a pastor of churches. He currently serves as one of three executive officers for a network of more than 300 churches and over 1400 credentialed ministers in the Northwest. In this role he serves as CFO, oversees credentialing, and is involved in speaking, conflict management, coaching, consulting, and training pastors and churches. In addition, he is a board member for his national denomination and an adjunct professor for Northwest University, Kirkland, WA, and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Springfield, MO. Detrick holds a doctor of ministry degree in leadership and master of divinity (equiv.) from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, a master's degree in counseling from Luther Rice Seminary, and a BS in pastoral ministries from Eugene Bible College and a BA in Bible from Baptist Christian College.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937756819
Publisher: Deep River
Publication date: 05/16/2013
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Seattle-area resident Don Detrick, DMin, MDiv, has more than 35 years' experience as a minister, denominational executive, and university/seminary professor. He's currently an adjunct professor for Northwest University, Kirkland, WA, and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, in Springfield, MO. He also serves as one of three executive officers for a network of more than 300 churches and over 1400 credentialed ministers in the Northwest.

Table of Contents

Foreword Les Welk ix

Preface xiii

Part 1 How We Got Here

Introduction 3

Chapter 1 A Spiritual Health Examination 7

Chapter 2 How Is It Working For Us? 19

Chapter 3 Organic-Framing the Picture 27

Part 2 Faith

Chapter 4 Basic Elements of Faith 35

Bridge to Faith 1: The Parable of the Sower 47

Chapter 5 Our Stories and Faith 57

Bridge to Faith 2: A Continuum of Belief 67

Part 3 Life

Chapter 6 Homegrown Is Better 77

Chapter 7 Good Nutrition Fuels Growth 91

Chapter 8 Struggles Grow Courage and Character 101

Chapter 9 Seasons Provide the Rhythm of Life 113

Part 4 Community

Chapter 10 Spiritual Formation Requires a Journey 127

Chapter 11 Growing Through Community 141

Chapter 12 Polished Apples, or Unpolished? 155

Chapter 13 Teamwork Makes Harvest Possible 165

Chapter 14 Mission Clarification 181

Afterword 193

Reflection Questions for Pastors and Church Leaders 197

Notes 201

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book by Don Detrick. As a leader who deals with the issue of spiritual formation, I wonder if I am "doing what Jesus would do." After reading Don's book I realized that I was making the process of spiritual formation too difficult for those I am privileged to serve. How refreshing it was to read what I had suspected for some time. Don wrote "many parishioners believe most sincerely that if they just stay involved in church as committed participants, they will grow." As a pastor I realize that attendance at church does not automatically guarantee spiritual formation. Thanks Don for writing a book that is very user friendly. John L. Harper