Transformational Small Groups

Transformational discipleship involves moving from the row of chairs in your church where you are simply in proximity to one another, to sitting in circles, to then being in community with one another. When Eric Geiger and I were writing Transformational Groups, we did a discipleship study that involved over 3,000 Protestant churchgoers and asked them about spiritual formation. One of the five items that was the most predictive for spiritual maturity was participation in a small class or group … Read More

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Evangelism Tools and the CoJourner Roles

Evangelism Tools and the CoJourner Roles

I recently picked up a brochure that our R&D Team in Orlando developed for a ministry partner event. It listed some of our most effective evangelistic strategies through the grid of the CoJourners roles. When we enter into the spiritual journey of others, our role in the relationship changes over time. We start as an Explorer, and then become a Guide, then a Builder, and finally, hopefully, a Mentor. The tools we use also change. It is important that we become skilled with the particular tools designed … Read More

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Three Temptations That Destroy Community

Three Temptations That Destroy Community

If you’ve been around the world of Cru for awhile, you’d probably agree that community is vital to individual and corporate health. In his CruPress book, The Kingdom of Couches, Will Walker states, “Community is not an event, activity, application point, or something we need to do in order to grow in our spiritual lives. Rather, it is the context in which all activities, application, and spiritual growth happens.” So yeah, it’s kind of a big deal. Developing great community is … Read More

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Study Abroad on Mission

Study Abroad on Mission

What comes to mind when you think about studying abroad during college? Perhaps you think of seeing the world, traveling to a new location, making great friends, or the stereotypical idea of “living it up” during a semester overseas. What if you re-thought all the clichés of a traditional study abroad experience, and looked at it as an opportunity to live on mission? Around the world right now, millions of college students in a variety of cultures are going to and from classes, eating in … Read More

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