Here are two books I finished reading this week.
Transforming Discipleship by Greg Ogden is a great overview for church leaders interested in helping their congregations to develop cultures of disciple making. Ogden's model is built on triads, groups of three people, including a convener or catalyst, and two other people who all covenant to grow together in their faith through study, prayer, action based on what God's Word says, and mutual accountability. It eschews programs and opts instead for the relational methods employed by Jesus, Paul, and Barnabas. We are in the process of implementing a discipleship culture at Living Water Lutheran Church, where I serve as pastor, and it's exciting to see how God is moving us toward the fulfillment of the only mission Jesus ever gave to the Church: making disciples. Ogden is a helpful resource. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
The Element by Ken Robinson with Lou Aronica is all about finding the thing we're passionate about to determine what we should do in life. That's a thin (and obvious) reed on which to hang a 270-page book and, let's be honest, not everyone has the opportunity to pursue their passions in life. But, as Artemis Ward (not Abraham Lincoln, as I had long believed) once said of a book he'd been asked to review: "People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like." The book is filled with interesting anecdotes. I rate this book at 2.5 stars out of a possible 5.