My friend Heather Zempel has written a wonderful resource for small group leaders, and in fact, for all Christians. Sacred Roads explores five different approaches Christians through the ages have used to grow more deeply. In the process, she offers historical information related to each of these. It’s a wonderful quick overview of church history. Topics include:

  • * Relational: the early church, value of small groups, accountability, missional friendships People grow in their relationship with Christ as they grow in relationship with others and are influenced by those relationships.
  • * Experiential: the Catholic Church through Reformation, pilgrimage, stations of the cross, experiential worship People grow in their relationship with Christ when they are immersed in an experience with Him that propels them in some area of their faith formation.
  • * Intellectual: Reformation era, inductive Bible study, academic and educational approaches to discipleship People grow in their relationship with Christ as they develop the mind of Christ through the reading, study, meditation, and memorization of Scripture.
  • * Personal: 19th and 20th centuries, rise of personal devotional/quiet time, practice of spiritual disciplines People grow in their relationship with Christ as they incorporate and practice spiritual disciplines into the context of their everyday lives.
  • * Incarnational: 19th and 20th centuries, missions, service, social justice, compassion ministries People grow in their relationship with Christ as they seek to follow His model of servant leadership and become His hands and feet in sacrificial service to those around them.

The lessons are long – far too long for a single group meeting unless you limit discussion to a few questions. Participants would definitely need to prepare in advance and bring their experiences to the group meeting. Even so, I believe it is important for Christians to understand the different ways that we can experience God and one another. Not every approach will fit everyone, but it’s important to know a bit about each and perhaps to try something new when your relationship is growing faint. While the Threads line is aimed at Young Adults, our seasoned adult group has adapted previous studies quite well. This one would definitely be of interest to our members.

The leaders package comes with a CD containing music, a Leaders’ Guide, a Church history timeline, a list of Sacred sites to see before you die, a roadmap quiz, e-mailable audio devotionals and several Bible Illustrated articles. The graphics and production value are excellent. It also contains a DVD with special features. And if that isn’t enough, a Threads website offers even more resources. Take a look. I think you’ll like it.

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  1. Tweets that mention Sacred Roads: Exploring the Historic Paths of Discipleship : Why Didn’t You Warn Me? -- on April 21, 2010 4:06 am

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  2. emt training on April 26, 2010 8:19 pm

    Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to some friends!

  3. Ilias on April 27, 2010 11:06 pm

    Ya he visto algunos hay …
    Have a nice day


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