iFollow

The Discipleship Resource for Seventh-day Adventists

"Finally: a discipleship training Resource that pastors can really trust."

The new discipleship training resource, called iFollow, has been developed specifically for Adventist congregations, and it responds to both a serious and growing demand for practical, reliable discipleship training.

As the North American Division researched resource needs at the local church level, we were told, year after year, that the greatest need was for a discipleship resource that came specifically from the Adventist Church.

The new iFollow resource represents a long-term commitment by the North American Division. Not only are church leaders supporting the project, but they are also personally writing for it, promoting it, and helping to shape the process.

Currently available books include:

  • Called to Teach, by Ted Hamilton
  • How to Reboot Your Spiritual Life, by Matthew Gamble
  • Getting it Right, by Dan Day
  • Transforma tu Familia, by Alfonso Valenzuela.
  • Not Alone in the Garden, by Alvin Kibble.
  • Autumn Gold, Winter Grace, by Ken McFarland.
  • A Deeper Look at Your Church, by Dan Day.

Titles soon available include:

  • Living Hope, by the iFollow Team, Edited by Dave Gemmell and Kumar Dixit.
  • Service and Servanthood, by Sung Kwan.
  • Ellen White on Discipleship, by the iFollow Team.
  • The Ministry of Nurture, by Shirley Benton. 
  • Bible Study for a Lifetime, by Key Adventist Thought Leaders.
  • When Your Life Falls Apart, by Fred Kinsey.
  • How to Lead a Child to Christ, by Dee Reed.

Other books in the works:

Several other books are in the works as well, including titles from Don Schneider, Jessie Wilson, Kermit Netteburg, Loren Siebold, Alan Martin, Ryan Bell, and Ray Tetz.


Spectrum Magazine has the article iFollow: The NAD's New Discipleship Resource, 19 October 2010, where Rachel Davies asked iFollow's General Editor Monte Sahlin how the resource works and why it was created.  Among the questions is:

RD: So what makes iFollow specifically Adventist?

MS: This project was commissioned by the North American Division Church Resource Center and developed under contract by the Center for Creative Ministry. The mandate was to develop a tool for Adventist pastors and local churches in the United States, Canada and Bermuda. All of the writers are people who have much experience with spiritual growth as it occurs among people who participate in Adventist congregations. The theology of every presentation is congruent with the Twenty-eight Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and rooted in Adventist heritage. We did look at other Christian sources related to each topic and we made use of good ideas that were Bible-based and not in conflict with Adventist theology.

In the Comments section Monte Sahlin writes:

"James, I can assure you that we edited out anything that was not rooted in Scripture and the Adventist heritage. There is nothing "New Age" or "spiritualistic" in these materials, not a single jot nor tittle!!"

Monte Sahlin is a man of many hats. He has been a pastor, community organizer, church administrator, and author. Currently he serves as director of research and special projects for the Ohio Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He is also an adjunct professor at Andrews University and the Campolo School for Social Change (Tony Campolo is the namesake), Eastern University. In 1994 Monte was awarded the Outstanding Public Service Award by the United States government.


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Spiritual Disciplines: Meditation

Lesson Plan & Study Guide

iFollow Discipleship Pastor’s Edition is produced by the NAD Church Resource Center for use by Seventh-day Adventist Congregations in Bermuda, Canada, and the United States. The iFollow Discipleship Series Pastor’s Edition curriculum development was lead by the Center for Creative Ministry. General Editor: Monte Sahlin.

Additional Resources

  • Dissident Discipleship: A Spirituality of Self-Surrender, Love of God and Love of Neighbor (2006), by David Augsburger. David W. Augsburger is an American Anabaptist author and a minister of the Mennonite Church. Augsburger joined the School of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in 1990 as the Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling.
  • Experiencing God through Contemplation (1998), by Bill Ashlock and Warren Nelson. Bill Ashlock is a founding board member of Faith House Manhattan.
  • Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today (1990), by Joan Chittister. Joan Chittister (1936- ) is a Benedictine Sister of Erie, PA. She is the author of over 50 books - twelve of which have won Catholic Press Association Awards. She serves as Executive Director of Benetvision, a research and resource center for contemporary spirituality. "The Rule" was originally conceived by St. Benedict in fifth century Rome.
  • Adventures in Solitude (1981), by Lois Erickson. (Adventist)
  • Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth (1978), by Richard J. Foster (Quaker).
  • Study Guide to The Divine Conspiracy (2001), by Jan Johnson, Keith Matthews and Dallas Willard (philisopher and spiritual twin to Richard Foster).
    • Jan Johnson is educated from Academy for Spiritual Formation; Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola 30-day Retreat, 2006; D.Min. Graduate Theological Foundation (Ignatian Spirituality & Spiritual Direction), 2006. She is at Board of Directors at Dallas Willard Ministries (2013-) , Soul leaders (2009-) and Women's Ministries Institute (1995-1998).
    • Keith J. Matthews is professor and chair of the Department of Ministry at Azusa Pacific University. Matthews' recent pastoral experience was as Lead Pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in Spencerville, Maryland, serving with Brian McLaren. He has written articles for Sojourners Magazine and Leadership Journal, as well as designed and co-authored Dallas Willard's Study Guide to the Divine Conspiracy. He is an ordained pastor, retreat speaker, and conference speaker for Renovare, Inc. He has M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary, 1989 and D.Min., Spirituality and Leadership, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2002.
  • The Sacred Way (2005),by Tony Jones (Emergent Church Leader).
  • Experiencing God through Spiritual Mentoring (1998), by Delcy Kuhlman.

    Delcy Kuhlman has a M.Div. from Andrews University and is the founder of Still Waters Retreat Center in Buchanan, Michigan. "Shalem Institute offered a two-year extension program in spiritual guidance with readings from the spiritual classics. I began to learn about other believers who also searched for God, and I realized that my own void was a common one. ... "Several retreat leaders have led people in topics such as "Refreshing our Prayer Journey: Multiple Intelligences and Prayer," "An Evening of Hand Drumming: Drumming as Prayer," "Developing a Rule of Life," "Painting and Praying," "Telling Your Life Story," "Abba, Look at my Picture – Collage as Prayer," "Pray and Play" and more."

  • Devotional Retreats: Biblical Meditation to Open the Heart and Kindle the Spirit (2000), by Debbonnaire Kovacs. (Adventist)
  • Finding Our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices (2008), by Brian D. McLaren (Emergent Church Leader).
  • The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People(1997), by John Ortberg (Connected to Willow Creek).
  • Present Truth in the Real World: The Adventists Struggle to Keep and Share Faith in a Secular Society. (1993), by Jon Paulien (Adventist).
  • TM or CM? (1978), by Lynn Sauls (Adventist). TM or CM means transcendental meditation or Christian meditation. This book briefly discusses TM's popularity and introduces the idea that meditation is not new to Christianity.
  • A Spiritual Formation Workbook: Small Group Resources for Nurturing Christian Growth (1993), by James Bryan Smith. James Bryan Smith (M.Div., Yale University Divinity School, D.Min., Fuller Seminary) is a theology professor at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and a writer and speaker in the area of Christian spiritual formation. He also serves as the director of the Apprentice Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends University.  Smith is a founding member of Richard J. Foster's spiritual renewal ministry, Renovaré. Smith is an ordained United Methodist Church minister and has served in various capacities in local churches. Smith is also the editor of A Spiritual Formation Workbook, Devotional Classics (with Richard Foster), Embracing the Love of God, Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven and Room of Marvels.
  • Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context (2003), by Glen H. Stassen and David P. Gushee.
  • Glen Harold Stassen (1936 - 2014) was an American ethicist and Baptist theologian. He served as the Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics and the Executive Director of the Just Peacemaking Initiative at Fuller Theological Seminary. Stassen contributed to Sojourners Magazine and frequently appeared in the media, including the Los Angeles Times and The O'Reilly Factor. Stassen was named the 2012 Baptist of the Year by EthicsDaily.com.
  • David P. Gushee is an internationally recognized Holocaust scholar and ethicist. He serves on the Sojourners board of directors. Gushee was ordained at Walnut Hills Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1987.
  • How to Know God’s Will In Your Life (1987), by Morris Venden (Adventist).
  • Mind, Character, and Personality, Volume 2 (1978), by Ellen G. White.
  • Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing (1896). by Ellen G. White.
  • Ellen G. White 1888 Materials 4 Volumes (1988).
  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life (1991), by Donald S. Whitney. Don Whitney has been Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Associate Dean at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY since 2005. Before that, he held a similar position (the first such position in the six Southern Baptist seminaries) at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO, for ten years. He is the founder and president of The Center for Biblical Spirituality.
  • The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives (1990), by Dallas Willard.
  • The Divine Conspiracy: Discovering Our Hidden Life in God (1998), by Dallas Willard.
  • Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ (2002), by Dallas Willard.
  • Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship (1994), by N. T. Wright.

Websites

  • All About God Ministries is a nondenominational information service on basic Christianity. It includes material on Christian meditation under its “Discipleship” section.
  • John Mark Ministries is a nondenominational counseling ministry for Christian clergy who are struggling with burnout. Included on its website is practical information about meditation.
  • Renovare is a Christian parachurch organization that provides resources related to spiritual disciplines (Founded in 1988 by Richard J. Foster).
  • Rhonda Jones is a Christian author (not an Adventist) who publishes a website focused on the topic of Bible-based meditation.


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