In a previous post, I reviewed a book by Co-pastors Kent Carlson and Mike Lueken, of Oak Hills Church in California. They had grown their church using the Willow Creek model of ministry, but found that they were seeing people formed into consumers, not followers of Jesus. So they abandoned the Willow Creek model and developed their own way of doing church, one focused on spiritual formation.
In their book, they discussed a series of retreats they would take members of their church on that focused on one specific spiritual discipline. They also noted that their small groups were now formed around helping people deal with destructive behaviors in their lives. This is one of the few areas of their transition I wished they had gone into more.
Enter the Dojo
I recently received from a new book InterVarsity Press to review. The book is Practicing the Ways of Jesus: Life Together is the Kingdom of Love by Mark Scandrette. Mark is the founding director of ReIMAGINE, a collective that invites people into integrative spiritual experiments and practices, (with an emphasis on creativity, community building and social action).
Mark wrote Practicing the Ways of Jesus” to help address the disparity we often feel between how we want to live and how we actually live as followers of Jesus. It’s based on10 years of experience leading groups in integrative practices.”
The book provides the practical theological framework that might be found in Oak Hill’s small group, “a practical approach to spiritual formation that is serious about Scripture, action-focused, communal, experiential, and connected to real world challenges and opportunities.”Continue Reading …