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From Here to Maturity

Overcoming the Juvenilization of American Christianity
  • By Thomas E. Bergler
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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.

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  • Additional Details
    • SKU: 9780802869449
    • Manufacturer: William B Eerdmans Pub Co
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9780802869449
    • Publication Date: 11/01/2014
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Thomas E. Bergler
    • Page Count: 176
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