2 Highly Recommended Books
I wish to recommend the two following books and I will make comments about each. Neither of these is written by members of the church of Christ. Therefore, you need to read and use them with discretion. However, you will receive many blessings from both of these books.
The first of these recommended books is Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald S. Whitney. Our brethren have generally been taught only two of these disciplines: study and prayer. And while these two are very important and I think non-optional, there are other disciplines that all Christians should practice. Whitney emphasizes over and over again that discipline is for godliness. The spiritual disciplines have a grand goal: godliness. And, what Christian doesn’t want to be more godly?
One of the disciplines discussed in the book is Christian service or as he words it “service.” I recommend this book for a class or a series of lessons so the brethren can see how service fits into the scheme of Christian growth and godliness.
The other book is by Drs. Townsend and Cloud, the authors of all the Boundaries books that have been and continue to be so popular. The book’s title is How People Grow What the Bible Reveals about Personal Growth. This book is about 360 pages. However, it has been rewritten in a shorter 182 page book entitled Growth Has No Boundaries the Christian’s Secret to a Deeper Spiritual Life. This book would make for a great class, book discussion group or series of sermons. I mention it here because there has been a general de-emphasis (intentional or unintentional) of studying personal spiritual growth as a topic (this is my opinion). Generally speaking, we do not tackle topics such as spiritual growth and we can see the consequences of such an avoidance. A word of caution: whoever leads a class or discussion group or preaches from these books, this person must be a seasoned teacher. We would not agree necessarily on their plan of salvation or how the Holy Spirit works. But everything else in the book is helpful for those who are interested in growing spiritually in Christ. There IS much helpful information in this book. I mention this book because only spiritually mature/growing Christians fully appreciate Christian service and gladly consistently find themselves involved in Christian service and service for godly reasons. As you assist members in growing spiritually, you will have more and more members interested in and involved in ministry.