There’s a new book out entitled “Transformational Discipleship: How People Really Grow.” It’s co-authored by Eric Geiger, Michael Kelley, and Philip Nation.
From the looks of it, it’s a really solid piece.
In case you might not know, the authors are really solid guys. Geiger is the VP of LifeWay Church Resources. But you may know him better as one of the authors of Simple Church and Simple Student Ministry. If you somehow missed either of these books, I highly recommend them. They are really good resources on a model of discipleship I personally believe in.
I don’t know Philip, but Michael Kelley is a friend of mine. Michael is an outstanding thinker and author. His blog has been daily/weekly reading for me for years and his most recent book, Wednesdays were Pretty Normal: A Boy, Cancer, And God, is exceptional. I wrote about it here when it released.
So, on the strength of the authors alone, I feel pretty good about recommending Transformational Discipleship before I even read it!
But looking at a couple blog posts on the book got me really excited. I love the language and the framework the guys are using to think about transformational discipleship. I’d encourage you to go check out Eric’s blog here to read an interview on the book. But I’ll paste a snippet below to tease it a bit.
Below you’ll find two questions from the interview and the responses, with the respective author’s name in parenthesis:
The subtitle is How People Really Grow. So in a nutshell, how does that growth happen?
(Eric) We frame the process of spiritual growth in the book through three circles: Truth, Posture, and Leaders. The place where those three circles converge is what we call the transformational sweet spot.
The sweet spot on a bat or a tennis racket is the place that has the most potential impact when you hit the ball. In the same way, when these three factors come together a church is set up to experience transformational discipleship.
Here’s how we articulate those three factors coming together: The transformational sweet spot is the intersection of truth given by healthy leaders when someone is in a vulnerable posture.
Unpack that definition a bit. Each of those words (truth, leaders, posture) are broad terms. What specifically do you mean by them?
(Philip) In each of the three areas, we highlight specific ideas that aid transformation to occur. We call them lenses. So for truth, there are three specific lenses that contribute to transformation: the gospel, identity, and the spiritual disciplines.
It’s especially important for leaders to understand these lenses because they influence the way they present God’s truth to the people entrusted to their care. For a leader, then, to present the truth, they focus on the gospel, understand that in the gospel a person’s identity is made new and different in Christ, and equip their people to participate in the spiritual disciplines.
Sounds pretty cool, right?
I’m looking forward to it. Hope you’ll give it a shot as well. Once I read it, I’ll drop back in and pass along any relevant insights. In the meantime, head over to Geiger’s blog and check out the rest of the interview.