Accountable Discipleship Groups

Statue of John Wesley at Wesley's Chapel City ...

Statue of John Wesley at Wesley’s Chapel City Road, London. (January 2006) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am nearing the conclusion of a 6-week study of Accountable Discipleship: Living in God’s Household, by Steven Manskar, with four cohorts. This is my third time reading the book, which I think is excellent. Last night we discussed Chapter 5, a very energizing endeavor. Next week, we will conclude with additional exercises and final review of the book.
We hope to develop more covenant groups in our churches.
The description at Cokesbury captures the book well: “Accountable Discipleship is the foundational resource for persons involved in Accountable Discipleship ministries. Manskar provides a biblical, theological, and historical under-girding for this work. He explores a systematic approach for undertaking and accepting the challenge of personal discipleship for life. In addition, Manskar outlines a process for developing leadership that could help transform the life of the congregation.

I am interested in hearing from others about ways they have successfully introduced Covenant Discipleship Groups to a congregation.  What worked?  What didn’t work?  Did you use pilot groups?

Additional books by Manskar that I am adding to my reading list now:

A Perfect Love: Understanding John Wesley’s “A Plain Account of Christian Perfection”

A Disciple’s Journal

 

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About Tom Bolton

I'm a Husband and Dad, an Enterprise Systems Manager at the City of Milwaukee, and a Disciple and Lay Servant at First United Methodist of West Allis. I love working beside young people. As I study the Bible, sometimes I feel moved to work through my understanding by writing poetry. I also am going through a process to discern my calling, and to learn more about Christian Leadership. Sometimes I just feel like writing about something that grabs my attention too.
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