This workbook is a powerful companion resource for Stride: Creating a Discipleship Pathway for Your Church (ISBN: 9781501849220), and as a standalone resource. It is for anyone wanting to grow disciples. The workbook focuses on the work individual ministry leaders must do to equip those in their ministry area to develop their own individual discipleship pathway. The original Stride shows church leaders how to create a discipleship pathway for their own congregation, a process which leads to a church full of deeply committed disciples.
As disciples, we are called to do more than just learn. We are called to put our learning into action. This small group study focuses on tangible ways each of us, no matter where we find ourselves currently on our Spiritual journey, can intentionally take steps and strides closer to Jesus. This resource is perfect for small groups, Sunday school classes, men and women groups, Celebrate Recovery groups, and any Christian community wanting to help people grow as disciples of Jesus.
The authors developed and launched a highly successful pathway to discipleship in their church (Morning Star United Methodist Church, St. Louis, Missouri).
The Stride Participant Book is organized into nine sessions, with spiritually-rooted content for instruction and study, application exercises, and questions for reflection and discussion. The nine sessions are as follows:
- Introduction & Discipleship Overview
- Spiritual Discipline of Prayer
- Spiritual Discipline of Scripture
- Spiritual Discipline of Serving
- Spiritual Discipline of Generosity
- Spiritual Discipline of Worship
- Spiritual Discipline of Sabbath
- Spiritual Discipline of Community
- Spiritual Discipline of Witness
“Stride shows how to ensure that every aspect of a church’s ministry is designed with discipleship in mind.”
—Junius B. Dotson, General Secretary/CEO, Discipleship Ministries, UMC
“Great insight into shaping a practical discipleship process.”
—Jim Blue, lead pastor, SunRise UMC, O’Fallon, MO
“Our church found this book to be extremely helpful . . . simple . . . clear . . . and very adaptable to our ministry context. So worth it!”
—Travis A. Bennett, senior pastor, Saint Stephen UMC, Amarillo, TX
“This practical resource has been instrumental in assisting our churches in creating pathways to lead people deeper in their discipleship.”
—Kay Kotan, Director of Connectional Ministries, Susquehanna Conference, UMC
—Melissa Drake, Interim Associate for Congregational Excellence, Iowa Conference, UMC