Rev. Dr. Denny Wayman introduces his trilogy of discipleship books that explore what healthy spiritual disciplines look like and how, without care, some church practices can lead to unhealthy behaviors.
– Discipleship Ecosystem
I realized early on that the Spiritual Disciplines were the key. These classic verbs that describe the variety of interactions we can have with God were descriptions of accessing the complexity and community of God. I also realized that Spiritual Gifts as well as Fruit of the Spirit were inextricably connected to experiencing God in a growth relationship. But if this is God’s method to mature us then why was I not seeing very many fruitful Christians? Were most of us so detached from God that we were not experiencing the nourishment necessary for fruit to grow? Why were so many gifted people using their gifts without love, or patience or even kindness? Why were there so many poisoned apples within the orchard of God’s people? These questions led me to God’s discipleship ecosystem.
– Toxic Discipleship
With the skill of a counselor and the spirit of a pastor, the Rev. Dr. Denny Wayman identifies the toxins which keep us from fully living the holy, abundant life to which Christ has called us. Carefully explaining each of the ways the seven deadly sins are manifest today, Wayman does more than just point out what is wrong. He shows how we can be right by not just eliminating such shortcomings from our lives but by changing our lives through submission to the purifying work of God’s Spirit. Both individuals and groups will benefit from this clear call to authentic discipleship. Everyone should read this book, and put it into practice.
There is no doubt that the mission of the church is to make disciples. There is also no question that much of a church’s time and resources are spent on what seem to most Christians to be either part of making disciples or necessary to the task. But is that true? Are the activities and practices of most churches effective and necessary in making disciples? This book explores that claim and follows Wayman’s two previous books on discipleship: Discipleship Ecosystem and Toxic Discipleship.