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NavPress Discipleship Collection (6 vols.)
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Overview

In Matthew 28:19, Jesus tells his followers to “go and make disciples of all nations.” What does that look like in the twenty-first century? The NavPress Discipleship Collection analyzes the key aspects of discipleship and equips pastors, church leaders, and lay people to share the gospel with nonbelievers. It emphasizes the importance of understanding the basics of the Christian faith and outlines 10 positive character traits that lead to impactful and influential leadership. The collection also examines discipleship theology, illustrates what it means to follow Christ, and provides tools for engaging contemporary culture.

The NavPress Discipleship Collection will enhance your understanding of discipleship and evangelism and bring you new and exciting ways to help you fulfill the Great Commission. All Scripture passages link to your favorite Bible translation in your library. With Logos’ advanced features, you can perform powerful searches by topic or Scripture reference—finding, for example, every mention of “spiritual formation” or “faith.”

Key Features

  • Provides practical and contemporary discipleship tools
  • Emphasizes the importance of good character in leadership
  • Presents faith basics and discipleship theology

Individual Titles

Creed: Connect to the Basic Essentials of Historic Christian Faith

  • Author: Winfield Bevins
  • Publisher: NavPress
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 140

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When twenty-first-century Christians want to understand the basics of their faith, they are faced with countless sources of information. Some of it is misleading, confusing, or just plain wrong. Creed ties the needs of the changing, current culture to the historic faith of the church by providing the essentials of Christianity in an easy-to-understand format. By outlining in broad brushstrokes the theological issues found in the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, this book can be used as a discipleship tool to equip young believers and seasoned Christians alike.

Creed is a call for the church to return to serious discipleship. Focusing on the Scriptures and ancient creeds, Winfield Bevins challenges us to rediscover our historical roots and practices for discipleship.

Ed Stetzer, president, LifeWay Research

With wisdom, Winfield Bevins places before us the ancient foundations of the Apostles’ Creed, the 10 Commandments, and the Lord’s Prayer. Books like Creed need to take their place and have their effect.

—Todd Hunter, bishop, Anglican Church in North America

In an attempt to be edgy and culturally savvy, many in the church today have forgotten the ancient creeds that shaped the thinking of Christians for centuries. Winfield Bevins has provided us with a useful tool for rediscovering our historic foundations as Christians. I look forward to using this road map to guide new believers—young and old—on a journey of a lifetime.

—Scott Thomas, president, Acts 29 Network

I pastor a church that has tons of new believers. I always struggle to find theologically rich but life-practical resources to suggest to them. Winfield Bevins has done it! I highly recommend this book to those who want to know and grow in their faith.

—Darrin Patrick, lead pastor, The Journey, St. Louis, Missouri

Creed is a well-written book with the goal of helping Christians connect to the historic, orthodox faith. It accomplished that goal in a superb fashion. You will be edified and encouraged by this work on the Apostles’ Creed, the 10 Commandments, and the Lord’s Prayer. You will rejoice in the ‘faith once delivered to the saints’ that is embodied in these classics of Christianity.

Daniel Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

We live in a culture marked by increasing biblical illiteracy in and out of the church. Winfield Bevins has taken timeless truth and shown how it can be used in disciple-making in a fresh and significant manner. I commend this book to you as a fantastic tool for church leaders to assist in the most basic of Christ’s commands, His commission to make disciples.

Alvin L. Reid, professor of evangelism and student ministry, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

As I read through Creed, I continued to say to myself, ‘We need to use this book in our church.’ Winfield Bevins has put together an eminently helpful guide to the basics of Christian faith. But there’s more: Creed soaks each teaching in vintage Christianity through the use of historic vignettes and an accessible use of creeds. This approach connects twenty-first-century disciples to their vintage faith. Use it, especially for new disciples!

Jonathan Dodson, lead pastor, Austin City Life Church

Winfield says there is nothing new in his book. Good! That is exactly the point he wants us to get. What he correctly calls the ‘historic tools of discipleship’ have been with us and stood the test of time for good reasons. Of course they can just become words and ceremony, but if we follow Winfield’s guidance and let them go deep into our souls as individuals and churches, they form the foundation on which to build a healthy spiritual life. This is a welcome refresher course from a pastor whose passion is the discipleship of God’s people.

—Stephen Smallman, instructor, CityNet Ministries

Winfield Bevins has written a book that helps readers of any level find out more about who God is, what he cares about, and the plans he has in store for his people. The connection between discovering the roots of Christianity and living a Christian life today makes this a great tool for helping people move from seeing God as a rule maker to seeing him as the Great Storyteller.

—Mike Anderson, director, The Resurgence

In a time of spiritual homelessness, Creed opens the door to the historic Christian faith. If you’re tired of your own designer religion and open to something new but also old, tested, and enduring, Creed is the book for you.

Ray Ortlund, lead pastor, Immanuel Church, Nashville, TN

Winfield Bevins serves as lead pastor of Church of the Outer Banks (Nags Head, North Carolina), which he founded in 2005. His life’s passion in ministry is discipleship and helping start new churches. He speaks at conferences and retreats throughout the United States on a variety of topics. Winfield is the author of dozens of articles as well as several popular books, including Grow: Reproducing through Organic Discipleship. He has a doctorate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Growing Kingdom Character: Practical Intentional Tools for Developing Leaders

  • Author: Tom Yeakley
  • Publisher: NavPress
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 199

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Most leaders fail at the pinnacle of their influence, not because of a lack of leadership skills but rather due to character flaws. It’s character—not years of experience—that counts for lasting leadership impact.

Drawing from more than 30 years of discipling and mentoring emerging leaders, author Tom Yeakly has written this hands-on tool to equip current leaders, especially young leaders, to intentionally develop positive character traits for sustainable leadership influence.

Teaching, application exercises, and Bible study on 10 essential character qualities make this practical handbook a must-have for those involved in discipleship and mentoring. The fruit will be a new generation of kingdom leaders who lead with integrity, maturity, and wisdom.

There are many books that focus on leadership skills but few that teach the important character qualities of successful leadership. Growing Kingdom Character is rooted in the Bible and is written by a man who practices what he has written. This book will be valuable for those currently in leadership and for those aspiring to a leadership role.

Jerry Bridges, author and staff member, The Navigators

This book emphasizes that leadership is not a matter of ability but rather character. My prediction is that this book will be mightily used by all of us who want to leave a legacy of godly families and ministries.

Erwin Lutzer, senior pastor, Moody Church, Chicago, Illinois

Few leaders finish well. Most leadership failure is rooted in character issues. Tom Yeakley recognizes that character is foundational to a leader’s development. Yeakley’s character taxonomy includes four foundational characteristics and six superstructural characteristics. Each of these 10 items are crucial to a leader’s development. Yeakley gives biblical applications and practical exercises to help leaders work on developing character. Leaders who heed Yeakley’s exhortations and go on to develop his 10 characteristics are well on their way to continuing well and perhaps finishing well. Chapter six on faith, which incites inspirational leadership, is worth the price of the whole book.

—J. Robert Clinton, senior professor of leadership, School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary

The ferocity of the spiritual battle and the changing leadership environment mandates that all successful leaders have a reflective, growing relationship with our Master. If leaders do not reflect on their own behavior in light of Scripture, they will succumb to the risks inherent with their positions of power and become another casualty in a war that has already claimed too many.

—David M. Church, director, Leadership and Ethics Program, Nazarene Bible College

Tom has been intentionally developing leaders his whole adult life; he models what he writes. His practical wisdom gets to the heart of developing people in the kingdom of God. This book is engaging, biblically based, and extremely helpful and relevant. I highly recommend it!

—Lindy Black, associate director of US field ministries, The Navigators

Tom Yeakley has written a practical and in-depth guide for young leaders eager to become more Christlike in their lives and in leadership. Every time we use this book in our training, we see God challenging people to invest in one of the most fundamental aspects of ministering to others: character growth.

—Laurence Koo, adjunct director of student ministry, The Navigators (Netherlands)

There are several outstanding books available on biblical leadership, but few authors focus on character development as the Master did. I have been challenged and encouraged by this excellent study on godly character. This is what spiritual leaders need today.

—Terje Tonäs Konradsen, chairman, YWAM Northern Europe

‘Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases to be’ (Psalm 12:1). The psalmist’s cry is still true today. The leadership gap in our churches, families, and communities is not getting smaller; on the contrary, it’s growing! Tom Yeakley nails it when he calls for godly character that flows from an integrated heart. In Growing Kingdom Character, he presents practical insight and help that deserves our attention.

—Bryan Brown, director of leadership development, Perimeter Church, Atlanta, GA

Tom Yeakley has been involved in coaching and developing leaders for over 30 years with The Navigators. He and his wife, Dana, are active in mentoring emerging leaders one-on-one, speaking at conferences, and developing leaders both in the United States and internationally. The Yeakleys have been on staff with The Navigators since 1978. They served as missionaries to Indonesia, and upon their return to the United States in 1994, they served on and led the Collegiate Ministry leadership team for The Navigators. Since 2003, Tom has traveled internationally coaching Navigator student ministry leaders, primarily in Western Europe. He currently is also helping to bring leadership to a new leader development initiative with the US Navigators leader community, as well as churches and mission organizations.

The Insider: Bringing the Kingdom of God into Your Ordinary World

  • Authors: Jim Petersen and Mike Shamy
  • Publisher: NavPress
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 237

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As a citizen of God’s kingdom, you are already uniquely positioned to live out your kingdom citizenship among the people you relate to every day. God has called you to be an “insider” to your family, neighborhood, and workplace. As you adopt the winsome patterns of a kingdom lifestyle, people in your life will see that there is, indeed, a better way to live. In The Insider, the authors help you

  • See your family, neighborhood, and workplace through kingdom eyes
  • Discover God’s eternal purpose and the strategic place of the insider
  • Overcome the obstacles to fruitfulness
  • Form new kingdom lifestyle patterns

Evangelism is not just for the gifted few—it’s for all of us. This paradigm-changing book will give you the awareness and skills you need to share your faith with the people in your everyday relational circles. Discover the profound sense of meaning that comes from being daily connected with the eternal purposes of God.

If our world is going to be won for Christ, it must be through those of us who are insiders—soccer moms, businessmen, plumbers, high school and college students. This book will prepare readers to move from comfort to a broken world and see significant results.

—Bob Jacks, businessman and entrepreneur

The Insider will help a new generation of Christians learn to live incarnationally—as God’s insiders—in today’s world.

—Brian McLaren, author, speaker, and activist

A gutsy look at what it means to follow Jesus in the twenty-first century! The authors provide a practical road map for letting God work through our relationships to connect people to Jesus.

—Bruce Roberts Dreisbach, businessman and author

If you want more freedom and fun, purpose and motivation in your Christian life, read this book!

—James Fox, actor and author

Anyone can lead someone to Christ after reading The Insider. It empowers and enables you with a foundation and framework to share the gospel.

—Randy Frazee, senior minister, Pantego Bible Church, Fort Worth, TX

Jim Petersen is an associate to the general director of The Navigators. In 1963 the Petersens pioneered The Navigator ministry in Brazil. In 1973 Jim began to recruit and coach missionary teams for other Latin American countries. From 1986 to 2000, he served as a vice president on the International Executive Team of The Navigators. Through living and ministering in many cultures, Jim has acquired a wealth of experience in reaching and discipling people who are normally outside the Christian context. He shares what he has learned in his books Living Proof, Church Without Walls, and Lifestyle Discipleship.

Mike Shamy is an international vice president for The Navigators and mentors the regional leaders of Europe, Latin America, and the South Pacific. Through his ministry in New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom, Mike has gained practical experience of what is needed to be an insider in increasingly post-Christian cultures. After eight years in the US, he and his wife, Audrey, now live in Auckland, New Zealand, where they seek to personally live as insiders as well as help others to do the same.

The Kingdom Life: A Practical Theology of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation

  • Editor: Alan Andrews
  • Publisher: NavPress
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 328

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Each of us has ties to family, friends, and strangers in our society, so our spiritual formation should touch not only ourselves but everyone we meet, including the most needy. The truest kind of transformation—the kind Jesus taught and modeled—prompts us to reach out to our neighborhood instead of withdrawing into a self-absorbed, isolated, and risk-free spirituality.

For six years, a dozen spiritual-formation leaders—including Dallas Willard, Bruce Demarest, and Bill Hull—have come together with their colleagues to create this collection of wisdom and honest personal revelation in the areas of discipleship and spiritual formation. The Kingdom Life aims to ground your transformation in the midst of your community through five key emphases:

  • A fresh approach to spiritual disciplines that connect you with God and his kingdom
  • The pursuit of transformation through communities of grace
  • Exploration of the inner issues of woundedness, hiddenness, and legalism
  • Direct involvement in God’s mission in your world
  • Practicing the broader vision of an integrated approach to transformation

The Kingdom Life is for teachers, pastors, and lay leaders, but also for every serious Christian seeking a more integrated approach to spiritual formation. This book has both a theological foundation and a “process” aspect in which the key principles are exhibited in practice.

It is difficult to imagine a group of Jesus’ apprentices better qualified to write on the kingdom life than these authors. Their lived commitment to personal transformation, authentic community, and God’s mission in the world validates their wise words.

—Howard Baker, instructor of Christian formation, Denver Seminary

This book is sorely needed. The authors bring together discipleship and spiritual formation biblically under the canopy of sanctification, thereby dispelling false caricatures of either. This promises to be an important beacon giving direction to discipleship and spiritual-formation ministries in the future.

Michael J. Wilkins, distinguished professor of New Testament language and literature, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

This challenging book pushes us to think more deeply about God’s great overarching purpose for our lives: transformation into the likeness of Christ. As the writers examine this great subject from different perspectives, shafts of light break through like rays reflected in the facets of a diamond, at times piercing in their illumination.

—Mike Treneer, international president, The Navigators

What a wonderful resource for those seriously interested in personal or community spiritual formation. This diverse team of experts who lived in spiritual community with each other as a preface for writing this book provides a unique and meaningful integration of the practical and theoretical foundation for spiritual formation.

—G. Craig Williford, president, Trinity International University

Christian discipleship in the American church is in crisis. The church is ready for a sober reevaluation. This is why I am thankful for The Kingdom Life. It is not another book on how to do discipleship as a program; rather, it reexamines the theology and practice of discipleship in light of the lordship of Christ and the life we have in his kingdom. In putting forth this project, Alan Andrews has assembled an extraordinary team of thinkers and practitioners to address an extraordinary need for these most critical of times.

David Fitch, Betty R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology, Northern Seminary

Alan Andrews and his wife, Becky, joined the Navigator ministry in 1970 while attending Marshall University in West Virginia. They went on to lead collegiate and community ministries in Illinois from 1970 to 1976 before moving to Toronto, Ontario, to direct the Canadian national work. From 1990 to 1995, Alan directed Navigator ministries in the established countries of Asia. In September 1995, he became national field leader with the US National Leadership Team, and in 1997 he was selected as president of the US Navigators.

Laboring in the Harvest

  • Authors: LeRoy Eims and Randy Eims
  • Edition: Revised and updated
  • Publisher: NavPress
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 112

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Christian leaders are calling for two important things in our generation: renewal in the church and a new thrust to evangelize the world. What is the key to accomplishing these two great tasks? According to veteran disciple-maker LeRoy Eims, it is the training of laypeople to become the laborers Jesus talked about when he said to ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest field (Matt. 9:38).

Author Randy Eims adds words of principle and direction to his father’s classic book Laboring in the Harvest. In this revised and updated version, LeRoy and Randy define a laborer as one who is equipped to reach the lost and edify the saved. They explain that the majority of Christians do not even realize there is such a class of laborers in the Bible. Their words provide a job description for laborers, outline the training needed for laboring, and describe the spiritual tools a laborer needs in Christ’s harvest.

LeRoy Eims was a man of the Word, a man of prayer, and a man with a heart for evangelism and discipleship. He pioneered The Navigators’ collegiate ministry and left a rich legacy of vision and spiritual wisdom for those of us who knew him and followed in his footsteps.

Jerry Bridges, author and staff member, The Navigators

LeRoy Eims marked The Navigators and the kingdom with his life, insights, and leadership. He was the primary influence in my life as a young Air Force officer seeking to influence my world for Christ. He mixed humor, truth, and a call for obedience to Christ to urge a world of believers to be more than they ever thought they could be in the spiritual harvest field. His writing will influence you as his life indelibly influenced me.

—Jerry White, author and speaker

Reading one of LeRoy’s first books gave me a compelling vision for my life to invest in a few so that generations of people would know Christ and reach the nations. LeRoy’s writings have been part of a core curriculum that I continue to pass on to others.

—Doug Nuenke, US president, The Navigators

The impact of LeRoy’s life vision on our Navigator movement is incalculable. It was LeRoy’s faith and evangelistic zeal that led us to launch our first Navigator campus ministry. Not only was LeRoy a gifted evangelist, he was a consistent voice for keeping the cutting edge of our engagement with the lost sharp. In a real sense, every one of us who has come to faith in Christ through a Navigator campus ministry in the years since is a part of LeRoy’s legacy.

—Mike Treneer, international president, The Navigators

Leroy Eims was the director of public ministry for The Navigators and the author of several books, including the best-selling The Lost Art of Disciplemaking. Leroy held an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Geneva College and was a speaker for the Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Program. Leroy left his beloved wife, Virginia, in 2004 to be with his Lord.

Randy Eims has been involved in youth and young adult ministry for more than 30 years. Through The Navigators, he spent eight years working with the military at Camp Pendelton and four years as the resident camp director for Eagle Lake. Randy then spent eight years as the youth ministries director at First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and then two years as the church’s men’s ministry director. He has mentored, discipled, and trained youth and college students for leadership since 1979. Randy is currently the director of The Eims Discipleship Foundation, which seeks to inspire daily, biblical discipleship for practical, lasting, Christ-centered growth, personally, generationally, and missionally.

Uncompromised Faith: Overcoming Our Culturalized Christianity

  • Author: S. Michael Craven
  • Publisher: NavPress
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 221

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Our Western culture has systematically reduced Christianity to little more than religious ritual and personal piety. Is this really the best that God has in mind for his kingdom?

Join S. Michael Craven in exploring how the majesty and radical reality of God’s amazing grace have been culturalized and rendered impotent in America. Then begin to tear down the cultural barriers to both the acceptance of the gospel and the mission of the church in America.

In this most accessible book, Michael Craven addresses the mega-problem of a ‘culturalized’ (and isolated) Christianity. He outlines current worldviews that have swamped the church and responds to red-hot contemporary issues with Christian truth and love. In a day when the flame of authentic faith is barely a flicker, the church needs all the help she can get. This book contributes to the needed aid.

David K. Naugle, professor of philosophy, Dallas Baptist University

By way of both precept and personal example, Michael Craven is a reliable guide for Christians as we seek to engage our culture and exert a redemptive influence upon it. He reflects well the blend of truth and love needed for God-honoring impact. Western students have greatly appreciated their opportunities to learn from Michael in the classroom; I know many other people have been similarly blessed through his other ministry venues. I am delighted that key aspects of Michael’s thoughtful cultural analysis can now be accessed in book form.

Randal Roberts, president and professor of spiritual formation, Western Seminary

This book highlights the clash between the church and our culture and how we should respond to these challenges. The author explains that we are called to rescue the culture, not just preach to it. He illustrates this by detailing many of the cultural trends we face and their impact on the church and how we must address them. This is a reminder that the church is the hope of the world and, as such, we are called to influence culture rather than submit to its pressures.

Erwin Lutzer, senior pastor, Moody Church, Chicago, Illinois

Michael Craven has invested years in research, writing, and travel to address cultural issues in our day while identifying the most strategic battleground: the mind. A dynamic apologist, Michael separates the external cultural context from essential Christian truth and brings the reader the single, specific, and stirring challenge to think biblically.

—David H. McKinley, teaching pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, TX

Michael Craven is a fresh voice who avoids the common dangers in dealing with hot-button ideas in both the culture and the church. This book is representative of a new kind of apologetics that is desperately needed. Careful readers will be rewarded by investing serious thought in this fine book.

John H. Armstrong, president, ACT 3

A book by an American about America and for Americans in the light of God’s Word. Michael’s incisive critique, biblical wisdom, and deep compassion have produced a work that needs to be read and processed by many. I heartily agree with and support his message.

—Stuart McAllister, regional director, Americas, RZIM

Believing Scripture to be truth without any mixture of error, S. Michael Craven applies truth to the error of our age. He helps the reader wade through the brackish mixture of current thought to distinguish the pure water of the Word.

—Jack Graham, pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, TX

S. Michael Craven is the president of the Center for Christ & Culture located in Dallas, Texas, where he studies, writes, and lectures on the relevant intersection of theology, philosophy, and culture. A leading cultural apologist, he offers a rational biblical response to the various cultural forces that seek to reshape the philosophical consensus in America. Craven has been a featured speaker at national conferences, universities, and seminaries, and appeared on Fox News, CNN, ABC, NBC, and other national television and radio programs.

Product Details

  • Title: NavPress Discipleship Collection
  • Publisher: NavPress
  • Volumes: 6
  • Pages: 1,237