LEAD! Part C: Skills for Service


As mentioned earlier, the LEAD! Bible Study is a tripod, built on three legs:

  • theological education
  • character formation
  • skill development

We are over half-way through, so Part B will be ending soon — and Part C starts a week or two after that, so I need to get ready!
Here is the initial outline I used:

  1. Personal Bible Study: Understanding Scripture for ourselves
  2. Warfare Prayer: How to shake the heavens.
  3. The Slow Fast: Emptying ourselves to be filled.
  4. Memorizing the Word: Sharpening the Sword for battle.
  5. Daily Journaling: Tracking God’s activity over time.
  6. Cultivating Spiritual Gifts: For what has God made us?
  7. Failing Courageously: Taking risks, making mistakes, and learning from them.
  8. Good Things in Small Groups: Building missional communities.
  9. Constructive Criticism: ‘Tis as important to receive as to give
  10. Counseling and Discipleship: Helping people reflect God’s glory and grace.
  11. Friendship Evangelism: How to get Jesus into people’s hearts.
  12. Public Speaking: Communicating clearly and concisely.

Here’s the list the church originally proposed:

  1. Daily Journaling
  2. Devotional Prayer & Bible Study
  3. Fasting
  4. Bible Memorization
  5. Relating to Spiritual Authority
  6. Developing Spiritual Gifts
  7. Spiritual Warfare
  8. Dealing with Failure
  9. Sharing Your Faith
  10. Counseling
  11. Public Speaking
  12. Leading a Small Group

The challenge is to find a book or two to use as background reading that covers (or at least is relevant to) most of these topics. Any suggestions from my loyal readers?
Read more for a review of some possibilities, after the break…

Several of these are from the excellent list: Amazon.com: “Books That Drastically Draw You Closer to Christ”

Amazon.com: Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth: Richard J. Foster: Books

I. Inward

  • 1. Meditation
  • 2. Prayer
  • 3. Fasting
  • 4. Study

II. Outward

  • 5. Simplicity
  • 6. Solitude
  • 7. Submission
  • 8. Service

III. Corporate

  • 9. Confession
  • 10. Worship
  • 11. Guidance
  • 12. Service
  • 13. Celebration

Amazon.com: Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life: Donald S. Whitney: Books

  1. Purpose
  2. Bible Intake (2)
  3. Prayer
  4. Worship
  5. Evangelism
  6. Serving
  7. Stewardship
  8. Fasting
  9. Silence & Solitude
  10. Journaling
  11. Learning
  12. Perseverance

Amazon.com: The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People (Expanded and Adapted for Small Groups): John Ortberg: Books

  1. Transformation
  2. Goal
  3. Training
  4. Celebration
  5. Slowing
  6. Prayer
  7. Servanthood
  8. Confession
  9. Guidance
  10. Secrecy
  11. Scripture
  12. Rule of Life
  13. Suffering

Amazon.com: Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation: Ruth Haley Barton: Books

  1. Longing for More: An Invitation to Spiritual Transformation
  2. Solitude: Creating Space for God
  3. Scripture: Encountering God Through Lectio Divina
  4. Prayer: Deepening Our Intimacy with God
  5. Honoring the Body: Flesh-and-Blood Spirituality
  6. Self-Examination: Bringing My Whole Self Before God
  7. Discernment: Recognizing and Responding to the Presence of God
  8. Sabbath: Establishing Rhythms of Work and Rest
  9. A Rule of Life: Cultivating Rhythms for Spiritual Transformation

Amazon.com: The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives: Dallas Willard: Books

Amazon.com: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society: Eugene H. Peterson: Books

  1. Discipleship
  2. Repentance
  3. Providence
  4. Worship
  5. Service
  6. Help
  7. Security
  8. Joy
  9. Work
  10. Happiness
  11. Perseverance
  12. Hope
  13. Humility
  14. Obedience
  15. Community
  16. Blessing

Amazon.com: In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership: Henri J. M. Nouwen: Books

  1. Relevance to Prayer (Contemplation)
  2. Popularity to Ministry (Confession)
  3. Leading to be Led (Reflection)

Amazon.com: So, You Want To Be Like Christ?: Eight Essentials to Get You There: Charles R. Swindoll: Books

Amazon.com: Spiritual Leadership (Commitment To Spiritual Growth): J.Oswald Sanders: Books

  1. Prayer
  2. Time
  3. Reading
  4. Improving
  5. Cost
  6. Responsibilities
  7. Tests
  8. Art
  9. Replacing
  10. Reproducing
  11. Perils

Amazon.com: Spiritual Leadership: Moving People to God’s Agenda: Henry T. Blackaby, Richard Blackaby: Books

Amazon.com: The Empowered Leader: 10 Keys to Servant Leadership: Calvin Miller: Books

  1. Servant Image
  2. Self-Perception
  3. Networking
  4. Vision
  5. Decision
  6. Defining, Structuring & Motivating
  7. Grace and Power
  8. Difficult People
  9. Delegation and Team Spirit
  10. Surviving Mistakes

Amazon.com: Shepherd Leadership: Wisdom for Leaders from Psalm 23: Blaine McCormick, David Davenport: Books

  1. Shepherd as Leader
  2. Needs
  3. Immortals
  4. Paths
  5. Valley
  6. Alongside
  7. Tools
  8. Conflict
  9. Irritants
  10. Supply
  11. Vision
  12. Loyalty

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