As a leader, how are you helping people in these six critical factors of spiritual growth?
1. Personal spiritual practices
Growing Christians pursue Jesus on their own through prayer, Bible reading, serving, giving, or other spiritual practices.
Resource: Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian Life by Donald Whitney
2. Meaningful spiritual friendships
We need others to help us grow. Friends encourage us, challenge us, support us, and expose weaknesses in us.
Resource: “Spiritual Friendship” by Tim Keller (sermon)
3. Taking risks in life or ministry
Risks and challenges always stretch our faith and make us rely on God. We don’t grow through comfort and convenience, but through risk.
Resource: If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat by John Ortberg
4. Relevant equipping / teaching
There are lots of great things to learn, but it’s irrelevant unless we’re eager to learn it. That’s when we need people to show us the way.
Resource: “Creating Irresistible Environments” by Andy Stanley (conference message)
5. Moments of crisis
God often uses crisis and pain to get our attention and help us grow. This is when we need others to support us as we learn through the pain.
Resource: A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss by Jerry Sittser
6. Continual rediscovery of the gospel
The gospel is not advice, it’s news. Powerful news that shapes everything. Spiritual growth happens as we deep our appreciation for the implications of the gospel.
Resource: A Gospel Primer for Christians: Learning to See the Glories of God’s Love by Milton Vincent
Which of these six has helped you grow the most?
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