Becoming a Healthy Disciple
In Becoming a Healthy Disciple, Macchia explores the ten traits of a healthy disciple, including a vital prayer life, evangelistic outreach, worship, servanthood, and stewardship. He applies to individual Christians the ten characteristics of a healthy church outlined in his...
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In Becoming a Healthy Disciple, Macchia explores the ten traits of a healthy disciple, including a vital prayer life, evangelistic outreach, worship, servanthood, and stewardship. He applies to individual Christians the ten characteristics of a healthy church outlined in his previous book, Becoming a Healthy church. Discipleship is a lifelong apprenticeship to Jesus Christ, the master teacher. Using the Book of John, Macchia looks to the beloved disciple as an example of a life lived close to Christ. Personal experiences as well as the experiences of others bring the traits of discipleship into modern context. Each chapter ends with a prayer and questions for reflection and renewal. Becoming a Healthy Disciple is excellent for laypeople who want to grow in discipleship, as well as pastors, church leaders, adult classes, and small groups.
"This is a dangerous book. Reading it will be hazardous to your spiritual inertia. Macchia is out to build healthy churches by nurturing healthy disciples in down to earth ways. This book will transform you. You won't be the same after reading it. Macchia challenges you with gritty, realistic growth producing strategies for healthy disciples."--George K. Brushaber, president, Bethel College & Seminary "We will give our lives to someone or we will throw them away on nothing. For men and women who have given their lives to Jesus, Becoming a Healthy Disciple will give you workable leads on how to live with Jesus and for him."--Haddon Robinson, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary"With practical prescriptions and concise challenges, Steve Macchia delineates life-changing truths for day-to-day followers of Jesus Christ. Becoming a Healthy Disciple should come with a warning label: READERS BEWARE: THE TRUTHS IN THIS BOOK WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE."--Paul Borthwick, author, speaker and leadership development consultant"Sometimes the most profound truths are also the most basic. In Becoming a Healthy Disciple, Stephen Macchia takes us back to some basics that will profoundly impact our lives, and the life of the church, if we will embrace and practice them. Macchia reminds us that there is no seminar or toolkit for becoming a healthy church. Rather, healthy churches are the result of Christ followers who are committed to becoming healthy disciples. I pray that many people will read this book. More importantly though, I pray that all who read it will begin living its message from the inside out."--Dr. Samuel D. Rima, director, Doctor of Ministry program, Bethel Seminary"Becoming a Healthy Disciple is a must read for all who wish to grow in their personal walk. Stephen Macchia unfolds the secrets to a vital Christian life and asks the direct and challenging questions that every individual needs to answer in their daily attempt to emulate Jesus. This book is a classic. I highly recommend it for anyone who is seeking a genuine Christian walk."--Ted Haggard, president, National Association of Evangelicals"In Becoming a Healthy Disciple, Steve articulates a clear call for healthy disciple-making in the context of healthy churches. One senses Steve's heart not only for the Church but for the people who are the church and offers wise guidance for their growth in Christ."--Ruth Haley Barton, cofounder of The Transforming Center and author of Invitation to Solitude and Silence"Becoming a Healthy Disciple is a perfect companion book to Steve Macchia's earlier work on Becoming a Healthy Church. To his previous ten traits of a healthy Church is now added ten traits of a Vital Christian. Such habits of the heart are all too frequently, but needlessly, missing when our Lord has provided more than enough supply for all who sense their spiritual hunger and spiritual bankruptcy and who wish to be genuine disciples of the Master. I commend this work for all thoughtful and genuine disciples of our Lord who want to mature and see the power of the living Lord working in and through them."--Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., president, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary"If I wanted to answer the biblical question, "How shall we then live?" it would be difficult to find a more comprehensive and well thought through response than that given by Steve Macchia in this excellent book.I want to please Jesus in my life. Like most of us I need to know how. At last--courtesy of Steve Macchia--I have an answer."--Dr. Clive Calver, president, World Relief"This foundational and practical book on Christian discipleship will be useful both for the individual Christian and for congregations seeking renewal. Comprehensive and clearly written, with a good understanding of challenges facing Christians today, it is solidly biblical and can be read on its own or in conjunction with other resources. I heartily recommend it."--Roberta Hestenes, International Minister, World Vision
Stephen A. Macchia (D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is founding president of Leadership Transformations, Inc, a ministry which focuses on the spiritual formation needs of leaders and the spiritual discernment processes of leadership teams in local church and parachurch ministry settings nationwide. Previously, Macchia served for 14 years as president of Vision New England, a ministry dedicated to equipping and mobilizing Christ-followers in discipleship and evangelism. Macchia is the author of several books, including, Becoming a Healthy Church (Baker, 1999), Becoming a Healthy Di