Companions on the Journey
"In Companions on the Journey, Reverend Tracey Leslie offers a thoughtful opportunity for community building. Centered on the idea of covenant, this group study meets a need for Christians to find a way into closer relationship with both God and one another. In a world struggling with isolation and self-absorption this book shows a path to connection."
- Rev. Shannon Stringer, Director of Leadership Development, Indiana Conference, United Methodist Church
This six-week group study, including a leader guide, introduces participants to five foundational spiritual practices. The opening session presents spiritual formation as a lifelong journey and invites participants to enter into covenant with one another. The five practices explored are selected to balance the deepening of relationship with Christ, fellow believers, and the world. The five practices covered are: scripture, prayer, generosity, evangelism (explored through spiritual autobiography), and service.
This resource is designed for pastors, Christian educators, and small group leaders seeking resources to utilize for discipleship and spiritual formation within their congregations, small groups and parachurch ministries. This resource fuses sounds exegetical study with classic spiritual practices shaped for a post-modern church context. It is structured to cultivate Christian covenant community. Within United Methodist congregations, this resource can also be utilized for membership classes since it incorporates the United Methodist membership vows to support the church with one’s prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.
The book can be purchased through the publisher, Wipf and Stock, as well as through Amazon.
"Our congregation has been searching for a resource to introduce spiritual practices and help build deeper relationships, and Pastor Leslie's book fits the need. She has couched profound practices into easily understood words and provided a resource that lay leaders can use to facilitate groups that develop faith, engage the Bible, learn to pray, give generously, tell others their faith story, and serve their neighbors."
- Peter S. Perry, Affiliate Assistant Professor in New Testament, Fuller Tehological Seminary, Arizona