Nathan Foster on Spiritual Practices and The Making of an Ordinary Saint

Nathan Foster joined me on the Pastoring with Word podcast to talk about spiritual practices. If the name Foster rings a bell in relation to spiritual practices, you might be thinking of Nathan’s dad, Richard Foster. Over 40 Richard Foster wrote Celebration of Discipline, which has since become a modern classic on spiritual formation. In … Read more

Go Make Consumers of All the Nations?

Alan Hirsch - Go make consumers of all nations?

Disciplism – Part 5 Thankfully, the church growth movement is now undergoing a serious self-assessment. It started with Willow Creek’s REVEAL study when the church began to look at themselves and said, “Wow, we’re good at getting decisions for Christ, but not so great at making disciples.” As far as I am concerned, I say … Read more

A Church Equal to the Task

Alan Hirsch Disciplism

Disciplism – Part 3 Now I need to give you some context for what I’m about to say in this chapter. You should know that I have spent most of my adult life being reasonably obsessed with trying to unlock the codes of what makes for highly transformative missional movements—those kinds of movements that really … Read more

How Communion sends us into our neighbourhoods

Mike Frost shared at a recent Simple Church Network online gathering the idea of the church as a round table. He spoke of the community of faith connecting their life and faith in both action and reflection, working for justice for those marginalised by society, and welcoming all as fellow sojourners in God’s mission. Mike … Read more

The End Game?

Alan Hirsh Discplism part 2

Disciplism – Part 2. While I do believe that a comprehensive understanding of what authentic discipleship is has been all but extinguished, we can still observe some residual aspects of discipleship in our churches. And even though these “vestiges” are reductions of the kind of discipleship we see in the pages of the New Testament … Read more

Disciplism – Why discipleship and evangelism must go hand in hand

Disciplism – Part 1. Over the years, I have found myself having to talk about a distinctly missional understanding of discipleship. I actually find this a bit odd. The very fact that we now have to put qualifications on the word “discipleship” again signals how far we have veered from a biblical understanding of discipleship. … Read more

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