CONGREGATIONAL RENEWAL

POWER SURGE: Six Marks of Discipleship for a Changing Church

Author: Michael W. Foss


Power Surge was published in 2000. The spiritual disciplines that Foss elaborates on continue to be a simple yet very solid foundation for a church leader and congregations desiring to move from tallying members to making disciples of Christ.

Power Surge resonated with leaders and congregations. Foss subsequently wrote two additional books building on the “six marks of discipleship” which continue to guide congregations or small groups in shaping their lives as followers of Jesus. All three books work well as self-guided studies. The author provides discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

These three resources are available through Amazon. The links and online summary follow.


Power Surge: Six Marks of Discipleship for a Changing Church Paperback

http://www.amazon.com/Power-Surge-Discipleship-Changing-Church/dp/0800632648

A powerful plan to transform church members into impassioned disciples. Drawing on his experience at Prince of Peace, Foss makes the case for transforming congregations from a membership model to a discipleship model of church affiliation. The book begins with a careful analysis of recent patterns in church membership/demographics which argue for this paradigm shift. Subsequent chapters detail the unique leadership and organizational needs of a discipleship model; explore the building and maintaining of fundamental trust-in God and in His people-as the cornerstone of the model; and provide practical helps for assessing the present and strategies for moving into the future. Addressed to rostered and non-rostered professional and non-professional church leaders interested in transforming their churches into centers for discipleship and mission, Power Surge makes the case for a dynamic, functional model of church affiliation that moves away from a membership model centered on prerogatives of membership to a discipleship model centered on the notion of Christian vocation/calling. It proposes a grace-centered, rather than legalistic, model of discipleship and builds a bridge through transferable principles between congregational mission mindedness and the individual Christian's life of faith. This book utilizes assessment tools and practical helps so that congregations can make the transition between membership and discipleship paradigms, as it draws on the experience of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church as a case study illustrating the principles of a discipleship model of church affiliation.


Real Faith for Real Life: Living the Six Marks of Discipleship

http://www.amazon.com/Real-Faith-Life-Living-discipleship/dp/0806648015/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_y

For Christians seeking to apply their faith to everyday life, Real Faith for Real Life invites readers to answer the call of discipleship and provides guidance and examples of how to do so successfully. Michael Foss, author of Power Surge, encourages readers to rely on six time-tested marks of discipleships that encourage the practice of faith in everyday life: Daily prayer Bible reading Weekly worship Christian service Relationships that encourage spiritual growth Giving in the spirit of generosity Using Bible passages and real-life stories, Foss illustrates how each mark of discipleship enhances and supports the growth of a person's faith journey. This book also includes study questions and journaling suggestions for small group discussion and individual reflection.


The Disciple's Joy: Six Practices for Spiritual Growth (Truth and Christian Imagination) (Truth and the Christian Imagination) http://www.amazon.com/The-Disciples-Joy-Practices-Imagination/dp/0806653671/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_z

Focusing on the powerful theme of discipleship, The Disciple's Joy explores the joy of faith, helping readers discover joy in the midst of struggle. Foss explores the benefits of practicing discipleship and shows, through recent research, how a practicing faith provides meaning, belonging, and joy.

Intended for both personal reflection and small group study, The Disciple's Joy builds on the six-time-tested marks of discipleship and introduces six practices for spiritual growth. Includes questions for reflection and discussion.