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Intentional Faith Development

For those of you who happen to read this blog in a reader or on a regular basis, this post stems from a presentation I gave today about Intentional Faith Development at our District Conference today.  I told those folks who came to this presentation that I would post some information here.  The basis for this presentation is the chapter by the same name in Biship Robert Schnase’s book Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations.

What I tried to do is show how an intentional faith development involves three areas:

Personal Faith Development – Intentional Disciplines.  This involves the disciplines of prayer, study, and attending to the means of grace (which, of course, are done in relationship with others).

Small Group Faith Development – Intentional Relationships.  This involves, among other things, radical honesty and accountability which involve some serious questions that come from Wesley’s Class Meetings like “What known sins have you committed since we last met?” and “What temptations have you faced and how can we help you overcome them?”

Church Faith Development – Intentional Community.  Vibrant and passionate worship and service to the world through the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit.

I may try to expand on these in the coming days, but this is the skeleton outline that I used in this presentation.  I hope you find it helpful.

Resources:
W.E. Sangster – Teach Me to Pray
Search the Scriptures
Quiet Time Bible Guide
Samson and the Pirate Monks (This is the book whose title I couldn’t remember)

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  1. October 4, 2008 at 6:54 am

    Matthew –

    I like the looks of that. If you wanted to couch it in Wesleyan language, it seems to me that you are talking about exactly what Wesley understood as personal holiness and social holiness (which are nurtured through participation in the means of grace).

    – AT

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