With Me: Relational Essentials for a Discipleship Ethos
Character and wisdom are shaped in the mentoring relationships of a â€œwith meâ€ culture. And relationships at this level do not just happen. They are on-purpose relationships whereby skills, resources, knowledge and experience are transferred and exchanged on a relational journey. No less than four types of mentoring relationships come into play in disciple-making cultures.
For too long, the most essential tools for disciple making have been neglected. Nothing can substitute for the Jesus-way of inviting others to be with us as we do life. As important as Bible study, preaching, small group involvement and practical service is to disciple making, nothing can substitute for the ethos of apprenticeship and mentorship that come when a leader invites another to join in on doing life with himself or herself.
In With Me, the intentional aspects of disciple makingâ€”the tools, resources, attitudes and actionsâ€”are presented with real-world situational stories and examples of the principles and practices at work.
Lance Ford has over two decades of experience as a pastor, church planter, coach and consultant and is the co-founder of the Sentralized Conference and KC Sentral, a missional training network in Kansas City. He is the co-author, with Alan Hirsch, of Right Here Right Now: Everyday Mission for Everyday People, and the author of UnLeader: Reimagining Leadershipâ€¦and Why We Must, as well as the co-author of Missional Essentials: A Guide for Experiencing Godâ€™s Mission in Your Life
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