Communication

the Convergence group Communication Resources are designed to facilitate life and leadership growth and effectiveness through a variety of discovery learning options including free articles, discipleship and leadership workbooks, The Well Trilogy, the Christian Leadership Courses (CLC), Christian Ministry Courses (CMC), DVDs, workshops and seminars.

Discipleship and Leadership Workbooks

The Introduction to Christian Growth Series

  • Introduction to Discipleship - This workbook is the first of a series of three workbooks designed for Christians seeking to go deeper and high school students who want to learn more about what the Bible has to say about discipleship, Christian leadership, and living a meaningful and impacting life.
  • Introduction to Leadership - This workbook is the second of a series of three workbooks designed for Christians seeking to go deeper and high school students who want to learn more about what the Bible has to say about discipleship, Christian leadership, and living a meaningful and impacting life.
  • Introduction to Life Planning - This workbook is the second of a series of three workbooks designed for Christians seeking to go deeper and high school students who want to learn more about what the Bible has to say about discipleship, Christian leadership, and living a meaningful and impacting life.

The Leadership Development Series

  • The Discipleship and Mentoring Workbook - The Discipleship and Mentoring Workbook was written to help younger emerging leaders to gain a Biblical understanding of discipleship and mentoring. The workbook is designed to provide introductory information, discovery and discussion questions, explanations of specific topics, and application exercises for use in mentoring relationships, small groups, and college level courses.
  • The Bible-Centered Leader Workbook - The Bible-Centered Leader Workbook was written to help younger emerging leaders to establish a Biblical foundation for life and leadership. A Bible-centered knows the content of the Bible and is transformed by obeying its principles. This is accomplished by establishing a regular devotional life, reading through the Bible regularly, studying key books and passages, and studying specific topics and Bible biographies. Over time, the Bible-centered leader begins to think, behave, and lead from a Biblical orientation. This workbook is designed to provide introductory information, discovery and discussion questions, explanations, and application opportunities for becoming a Bible-centered leader.
  • The Spirit-Empowered Leader Workbook - The Spirit-Empowered Leader Workbook has been designed to help younger emerging leaders understand the nature, role, and empowering dynamics of the Holy Spirit for life transformation and leadership effectiveness. The dynamic of the Spirit in spiritual formation (Character), leadership formation (Competencies), and strategic formation (Calling) are examined in various chapters through introduction, discovery, explanation, and application sections giving the reader opportunities to gain understanding, insight, and specific steps for application.
  • The Discipleship and Leadership Workbook (best of the other three workbooks) - The Discipleship and Leadership Workbook is designed as a stand-alone or companion to other workbooks in the Leadership Development Series. The Leadership Development Series is based on Jesus' teaching that, "true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth!" (John 4:23, NIV). True worshipers are disciples who make other disciples [The Discipleship and Mentoring Workbook] by worshipping in spirit [The Spirit-Empowered Leader Workbook] and truth [The Bible-Centered Leader Workbook]. The Discipleship and Leadership Workbook serves as an introduction to discipleship and leadership. The other workbooks in the Leadership Development Series will allow you to explore in more depth themes covered in this workbook.

The Finishing Well Series

  • Finishing Well - Way too many leaders are not finishing well! The research of J. Robert Clinton and his students at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA discovered that only about one out of four Christian leaders finish well. This is a tragic situation that must be addressed. The Apostle Paul, near the end of his life, said, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness..." (II Timothy 4: 7-8a, NIV). This passage suggests that finishing well is possible! The purpose of this workbook is to help appropriate this reality - we can finish well, we must finish well!
  • Deep Processing - Deep Processing was written to help mid-life leaders mature through the really hard times in life and leadership. The workbook uses the life story of Job in the Bible as the backdrop for understanding and application for maturing through seven major situations: life transitions, life and leadership crises, life and leadership conflict, leadership backlash, isolation, spiritual warfare, and brokenness. Each chapter is designed to provide introductory information, discovery and discussion questions, explanation, and application. Deep Processing is a stand alone or companion workbook for mid-life leaders that also includes The Extraordinary Power of a Focused Life.
  • The Extraordinary Power of a Focused Life - Way too many leaders are not finishing well! The research of J. Robert Clinton and his students at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA discovered that only about one out of four Christian leaders finish well. This is a tragic situation that must be addressed. The Apostle Paul, near the end of his life, said, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness..." (II Timothy 4: 7-8a, NIV). This passage suggests that finishing well is possible! The purpose of this workbook is to help appropriate this reality - we can finish well, we must finish well!

The Bible-Centered Leader Series

  • The Way of the Disciple (Sermon on the Mount) - The Way of the Disciple is designed to help followers of Christ establish a Biblical foundation for life and leadership. This workbook is an inductive Bible study of the Sermon on the Mount and is intended to facilitate "discovery learning" for a foundation in "spirit and truth" that will stand the test of time and help you to establish a Bible-centered lifestyle for honoring God and finishing well.
  • The Wonders of the Disciple (The Acts of the Apostles) - There are four workbooks in this series and are formatted using the IDEA approach to discovery learning. They cover:

  • The Works of the Disciple (James) - The Works of the Disciple is designed to help followers of Christ establish a Biblical foundation for life and leadership. This workbook is an inductive Bible study of the Epistle of James and is intended to facilitate "discovery learning" for a foundation in "spirit and truth" that will stand the test of time and help you establish a Bible-centered lifestyle for honoring God and finishing well.
  • The Worship of the Disciple (Romans) - The Worship of the Disciple is designed to help followers of Christ establish a biblical foundation for life and leadership. The focus of this workbook is on the practical teaching of Paul in Romans about a lifestyle of spiritual worship (Romans 12:1, NIV). This workbook is an inductive Bible study of the Epistle to the Romans (with an emphasis on Chapters 5-8 and 12) and is intended to facilitate personal "transformation" by establishing a foundation in "spirit and truth" (John 4:24).
  • The Warfare of the Disciple (Ephesians) - The Warfare of the Disciple is designed to help followers of Christ (Disciples) to establish a biblical foundation for life and leadership by doing an inductive Bible study of the Epistle to the Ephesians. The focus of this workbook is on the theological and practical teaching of Paul in Ephesians about living like Christ in a fallen world by learning how to successfully do spiritual warfare.

  • The Word of the Disciple, 2 volumes (Gospel of John) - Coming in 2018.

The Well Trilogy (Books)

  • Starting Well - This is a book for emerging leaders. Leaders are individuals who have the calling, character, and competency to influence others to accomplish God's purposes. The essence of leadership in the kingdom of God is influence, not (primarily) position or personal charisma. You don't have to be a full time worker in Christian ministry to be a leader. God is calling out people who are willing to serve him in faithfulness and obedience wherever they make there living or have an opportunity to impact others. This book is targeted for those who are responding to the call of God to influence others for the kingdom.
  • Living and Leading Well - Living and Leading Well is the second book in the Well Trilogy that also includes Starting Well, for younger emerging leaders, and Finishing Well, for older experienced leaders. Living and Leading Well is designed to help you build a strong foundation which can stand the weight and pressures of mid-life while helping prepare you to finish well and establish a lasting legacy. Our vision in writing Living and Leading Well is to provide Biblically based insights, strategies, and resources to help mid-life "ministers" (whether they minister in the context of the church, marketplace, or other social settings) navigate the challenges that come with getting older, raising kids, and adjusting goals to the realities of mid-life.
  • Finishing Well - Finishing Well is the third and final book in our Well Trilogy, which focuses on establishing our legacy in later years. Finishing Well gives the reader an opportunity to assess ultimate contributions while navigating necessary transitions in life and leadership in order to establish a lasting legacy. This book is designed to integrate Biblical leadership principals, lessons, and examples with real life experiences to help the reader better understand the dynamics and challenges of growing older and navigating the end game in such a way that they do not hinder God's ultimate purposes for their lives.

The Christian Leadership Course (CLC)

  • CLC 101: Introduction to Christian Leadership - An introduction to Christian leadership as a means to influence individuals, groups of people, and organizations to impact others for Christ and His Kingdom. The Biblical definition and characteristics of Spirit-empowered leadership, the call to leadership, the personal qualities and skills necessary for effective leaders, leadership styles and group dynamics, and examples of effective leadership will be examined from a Biblical and practical perspective. (Course File)
  • CLC 102: Bible Study Methods - An introduction to the inductive Bible study method and the importance of the Bible in the formation, development, and effectiveness of the Christian leader. Students will have an opportunity to do an inductive study of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). (Course File)
  • CLC 103: Survey of the Bible - An introduction and overview of the authors, dates, primary themes, and general outlines of the books of Old and New Testaments with. Issues of authenticity, reliability, canonization, interpretation, and application will be addressed along with a description of what it means to become a Bible-Centered leader. (Course File)
  • CLC 104: Introduction to Bible Doctrine - An introduction and overview of orthodox teachings on the primary themes of the Bible including the doctrine of the word, the doctrine of God, the doctrine of man, the doctrine of Christ, the doctrine of redemption, the doctrine of the church, and the doctrine of the future. The role of suffering in the development of mature leaders will also be explored. (Course File)

DVDs

  • Small Group Facilitator Training - The Small Group Facilitator Training DVD is designed to help small group leaders learn how to lead small discovery learning groups. Discovery learning makes room for participants to take responsibility for their own growth by learning how to rely on the Bible and the Holy Spirit for perspective and the power to change. If you are informed, you may gain insight and change, but if you discover it, you own it and have a likely chance of applying it.
  • The Focused Life Workshop - The Focused Life Workshop DVD Series is designed as a companion to The Extraordinary Power of a Focused Life and the Focused Life Application (Android) to help answer questions about life, leadership, and legacy.
  • Finishing Well - The Finishing Well DVD Series is an overview of J. Robert Clinton's Biblical research on the characteristics of those who finished well in life and leadership and the barriers that kept others from finishing well. This DVD Series was designed as a companion to the workbook Finishing Well: Life, Leadership, and Legacy by Paul Leavenworth and The Well Trilogy: Starting Well, Living and Leading Well, and Finishing Well by Richard Clinton and Paul Leavenworth.

Workshops/Seminars

  • Starting Well - This seminar is designed for younger emerging leaders and those who work with them. This seminar is based on the content presented in the book Starting Well by Richard Clinton and Paul Leavenworth and focuses on building a strong foundation for a lifetime of effective leadership and ministry.
  • Living and Leading Well - This seminar is designed for middle age leaders and those who work with them. This seminar is based on the content presented in the book Living and Leading Well by Richard Clinton and Paul Leavenworth and focuses on navigating the challenges of mid-life leadership and ministry.
  • Finishing Well - This seminar is designed for mature leaders who are nearing or transitioning into retirement and those who work with them. This seminar is based on the content presented in the book Finishing Well by Richard Clinton and Paul Leavenworth and focuses on how to finish well in leadership and ministry and leave a lasting legacy.
  • Mentor Training - Effective mentoring tends to "input" others for growth and transformation. This workshop is designed to help people learn the basic skills necessary to effectively mentoring others in Bible-centered and Spirit-empowered ways.
  • Coach Training - Effective coaching tends to help "draw out" others for growth and transformation. This workshop is designed to help people learn the basic skills necessary to effectively coaching others in Bible- centered and Spirit-empowered ways.
  • Spiritual Direction Training - Spiritual Direction tends to help "center" others on Christ for growth and transformation. This workshop is designed to help people learn the basic skills necessary to effectively spiritual direction of others in Bible-centered and Spirit-empowered ways.
  • Small Group Facilitator Training - This training is designed to help small group leaders learn how to lead small discovery learning groups. Discovery learning makes room for participants to take responsibility for their own growth by learning how to rely on the Bible and the Holy Spirit for perspective and the power to change. If you are informed, you may gain insight and change, but if you discover it, you own it and have a likely chance of applying it.
  • Deep Processing - Gaining Godly perspective on the really hard stuff of life is crucial for growth and transformation. This seminar uses the story of Job in the Old Testament as the backdrop for gaining understanding in how God uses deep processing to move us to greater dependence upon him and his grace.

All books and workbooks can be ordered by going to our Resources section and clicking the link through to Amazon.com. The DVDs and the CLC courses can be purchased through the Convergence group Store.