From Here to Maturity : Overcoming the Juvenilization of American Christianity Paperback / softback
Expert guidance on how to grow up in Christ This book is a follow-up to Thomas Bergler's acclaimed work The Juvenilization of American Christianity, which documents how church youth ministries over the past several decades have contributed to a process of adolescent spiritual traits becoming accepted and even celebrated by Christians of all ages.
This -juvenilization- in the church is a real problem that must be addressed, says Bergler, and in his new book he addresses it head-on. Bergler's From Here to Maturity is an accessible guide for helping both individuals and whole faith communities to grow spiritually.
Bergler claims that spiritual maturity -- defined as -basic competence in the Christian life- -- is both desirable and attainable, and he effectively presents a biblical theology of spiritual maturity, identifying its traits from pertinent New Testament passages. Adapting Dallas Willard's model of spiritual formation and applying it to congregational life, Bergler offers a wealth of practical, research-based guidance as to how Christian leaders can effectively foster spiritual maturity in their congregations.
He also identifies six key faith-sustaining factors and provides a system for evaluating a church's state of spiritual maturity and steps for improving it.
Ecumenically friendly, From Here to Maturity will be useful to individuals and leaders from many different churches and theological traditions.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 176 pages
- Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 23/12/2014
- Category: Christian spirituality & religious experience
- ISBN: 9780802869449