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Dallas Willard on Assessing Spiritual Growth

Posted by on May 3, 2010 in community, discipleship, fellowship | Comments Off

There is a very interesting interview with Dallas Willard at Out of Ur called “Dallas Willard on How We Assess Spiritual Growth.” The interview begins like this:

How can churches know if they are being effective at making disciples?

Many churches are measuring the wrong things. We measure things like attendance and giving, but we should be looking at more fundamental things like anger, contempt, honesty, and the degree to which people are under the thumb of their lusts. Those things can be counted, but not as easily as offerings.

How are those things assessed? Willard says that certain tools can be helpful, but only in the context of “a deep fellowship of trust.” Very interesting interview… you should read it.

Have you ever been part of a “deep fellowship of trust”? How did you assess one another’s spiritual growth?


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