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CIC: Companions in Christ Participant’s Book in 1 Volume

Wendy M. Wright, Rueben P. Job, Marjorie J. Thompson, Gerrit Scott Dawson, E. Glenn Hinson, Adele J. Gonzalez • March 2006

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The newly revised, all-in-one-volume foundational resource! If you're considering Companions in Christ for your church, begin with this book. This one-volume introduction to Companions in Christ moves through an uninterrupted 28-week study of five topics: spiritual formation, scripture, prayer, vocation and spiritual companionship. This Participant's Book is recommended for groups who will continue their study together for the full 28 weeks. Each week of study begins with an inviting and often challenging reading by a recognized author in spiritual formation. In addition to the weekly reading, this book provides questions and daily scripture readings to guide your private reflection. The week closes with a two-hour group session where you share your thoughts, reflect together, and take part in diverse group learning experiences. Companions in Christ offers small groups a powerfully transforming experience in opening yourself to God's presence and guidance. Explore classic spiritual practices, and develop new daily patterns that will open your life to a deepening relationship with God and with your group. This revised foundational resource features a whole new look and some refreshed content gleaned from years of practical application in congregations across the country. Overall, it's a rich, imaginative opportunity to new discovery! NEW OPTION: Also available are separate participant books for each of the five topics mentioned above, which gives your group a chance to take a break between study modules: spiritual formation in Embracing the Journey scripture in Feeding on the Word prayer in Deepening Our Prayer vocation in Responding to Our Call spiritual companionship in Exploring Spiritual Guidance A revised Leader's Guide, containing a "Getting Started Guide" and new plans for a closing retreat, is also available.


Categories: Series, Spiritual Practice
Wendy M. Wright holds the John F. Kenefick Chair in the Humanities at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. A noted writer in the field of contemporary spirituality, she has published articles in Weavings and other leading journals of the spiritual life. Wendy is the author of several books, including a trilogy on the seasons of the Christian year for Upper Room Books: The Rising, The Vigil, and The Time Between.

Rueben P. Job (1922–2015) was a retired bishop of the United Methodist Church and former World Editor of The Upper Room. A pioneer in spiritual formation for his denomination, he wrote numerous books on the spiritual life and developed several spiritual enrichment programs. Bishop Job and his friend Norman Shawchuck coauthored A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants as a result of their own hunger for God and for a resource that could be their constant companion on the journey toward a deeper and more consistent relationship with God. This was the first in the four-volume Guide to Prayer series. A native of North Dakota, Rueben and his wife, Beverly, made their home in Nashville, Tennessee.

Marjorie J. Thompson is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She has served as director of the Pathways Center for Spiritual Leadership and as spiritual director to Companions in Christ, a program outgrowth of the Pathways initiative of The Upper Room. Companions in Christ is a series of small-group resources for spiritual formation in local congregations, suited to ecumenical use. Marjorie has exercised a ministry of teaching, writing, and spiritual guidance for many years.

Gerrit Scott Dawson has been the minister of the First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir, North Carolina for thirteen years, learning the joy of the "extraordinary ordinariness" in the long-term pastorate. He is married and the father of four children. Thankful that each year’s rhythm includes a contribution to Weavings, his most recent book is the forthcoming Jesus Ascended: The Meaning of Christ’s Continuing Incarnation.

E. Glenn Hinson teaches in retirement at Lexington Theological Seminary, Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, and the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. He is a member of the adjunct faculty of the Academy for Spiritual Formation. Dr. Hinson is a widely published author of books, articles, and reviews in the fields of New Testament, patristics, ecclesiology, spirituality, liturgy, and Baptist history.

Adele J. González is associate director of the Office of Lay Ministry of the Catholic Archdiocese of Miami where she works in the areas of Adult Christian Formation and Ministerial Training of the laity. She is also an adjunct professor of theology at Barry University in Miami Shores. She is a spiritual guide, retreat director and nationally known speaker on topics of spirituality and lay ministry in multicultural settings. She lives in community as a lay associate with another associate and a Sister of Saint Francis from Stella-Niagara, New York.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-9843-0

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: 20060301

Trim Size: 7.3125 in (w) x 9.25 in (h) x 0.673 in (d)

Page Count: 320

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Spiritual Growth

BISAC1: REL012120

BISAC2: REL012070

BISAC3: REL095000

Companions in Christ Participant's Book (Revised) What Readers Are Saying "Intense, enriching, formational, sometimes challenging and risky, and even at times excruciatingly wrenching, humbling but uplifting, painful but healing, worthwhile — left us wanting more!" — Virginia M. Rimm Vassalboro United Methodist Church, Maine "Companions in Christ has really helped me and my group visualize our place in God's kingdom. It's not just a course. The length of it makes it a practice or way of life. We are praying more, listening to God's Word and listening to God speak to us. It is definitely changing our lives as we become more active and obedient to God's will." — Rob Guy Christian Chapel CME, Temple of Faith, Dallas