New Book Just Released: In the Way

by | Nov 20, 2020 | The Church | 2 comments

The church began as a disciple-making movement (DMM) with about 120 people (Acts 1.15). They obeyed Jesus’ commands to love one another (John 13.34) and make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28.19-20). Believers at the time referred to this movement as “The Way.”

The Way continued its viral growth and in 300 years spread across the known world at the time. An estimated 30 million people converted to this new faith in Jesus, radically transforming the culture and society of the Roman Empire.

“An estimated 30 million people converted to this new faith in Jesus.”

Unfortunately, the church drifted away from its movement approach and became government-sponsored and institutionalized. Despite the massive changes brought about by the Reformation, church as we know it (CAWKI) in the West today still maintains many of the legacy forms and approaches. Despite the best of intentions, CAWKI is unknowingly blocking discipleship multiplication—which we must have to accomplish the Great Commission.

It’s time for the church in the West to be in The Way, without being in the way.

“CAWKI is unknowingly blocking discipleship multiplication—which we must have to accomplish the Great Commission.”

My new book is called In the Way: Church As We Know It Can Be a Discipleship Movement (Again). Written with pastors and church leaders in mind, In the Way:

  • Evaluates our current discipleship methods and introduces the DMM approach that multiplies disciples organically.
  • Examines 25 separate elements of church operations to explain how the Western church blocks discipleship multiplication.
  • Lays out three strategies for implementing a DMM approach, based on real DMM-practicing churches—not theoretical concepts.

In the Way is also timely. COVID-19 and social distancing scattered congregations virtually overnight, exposing a number of disciple-making deficiencies in the church. Church leaders have been scrambling in response, looking for ways to equip their congregations apart from buildings and centralized programming. In the Way gives them a path forward, providing options for both existing churches and new church starts.

“COVID-19 and social distancing [is] exposing a number of disciple-making deficiencies in the church.”

It’s time for church as we know it to join in the DMM approaches that have produced millions of new believers over the last several decades—even in countries intensely resistant to Christianity. God is doing a new thing in our time (again), and In the Way will show you how the legacy church in the West can be in The Way, without being in the way.

For more info on where to purchase In the Way in print, e-book or audio versions, go to InTheWayBook.com. If you read it and find it valuable, please tell others about it and leave a personal review on Amazon.

 

Photo by Andrej Lišakov on Unsplash

Damian Gerke is on the leadership team of 1Body Church. He is married to Cheryl, his wife of 30+ years, and they have three grown children.

Damian has a diverse background that includes leadership and development coaching, vocational pastoral ministry and even working as a design engineer in the aerospace industry. He is the author of In the Way: Church As We Know It Can Be a Discipleship Movement (Again) and Taking the Lead: What Riding a Bike Can Teach You About Leadership. He blogs regularly about faith and church leadership issues here at 1Body.church, as well as leadership and life issues at DamianGerke.com.

2 Comments

  1. Gerald Brunworth

    Received my copy on Wednesday. Looking forward to spending some time with your work Damian. Blessings
    Jerry Brunworth

    Reply
    • Damian Gerke

      Thanks Jerry! I pray it’s helpful for you and your disciple-making efforts.

      Reply

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