Released in the UK January 2020
Released in the US January 2020
Trade paperback | 168 Pages
9781527104679 • £7.99 $10.99
BISAC – REL012120
A lot of Christian men – and small groups of men – feel stuck. They have a sincere desire to grow but feel confused about what to do next. The Way Forward is a road–map for men who want to cut through the noise and distraction of the 21st century and take definite steps toward spiritual maturity. This book follows the simple format of problem, solution, and plan. Men who read it will walk away with both a clear diagnosis for why they feel stuck and a practical action plan for moving forward.
Joe Barnard is the Executive Director of Cross Training Ministries, a discipleship ministry in Southeast Louisiana that focuses on developing men into spiritual leaders. Before starting Cross Training Joe pastored a church in rural Scotland for 8 years. He is married and has four children. For more on Joe and Cross Training visit www.xtrainingministries.com.
Joe Barnard begins this book saying he doesn’t want to induce a yawn by treating the same subjects in the same, timeworn ways. He doesn’t. The Way Forward is wise, learned, and biblical. You need this, as does the righteous men’s movement rising throughout the world. Trust me. Get this and live it.
New York Times Bestselling Author of ‘Building Your Band of Brothers’ and ‘The Character and Greatness of Winston Churchill: Hero in a Time of Crisis’
Virtually every evangelical church talks about discipleship or uses some form of ‘disciple’ in articulating their mission. I have found few, however, that are effectively engaging their men in the type of discipling that Joe discusses in his book. His assessment of the obstacles, and ways to truly establish discipling relationships is clear, concise, and compelling. Every church that seeks to actualize the Great Commission would be well–advised to give this book to all of their men.
President, Strengthening the Church
There are multiple resources on discipleship, but Joe Barnard, in The Way Forward, offers a simple ‘survival guide’ for men who know Jesus and want to take the next step in their spiritual journeys. This short and practical guidebook addresses problems men encounter (e.g., exhaustion, frustration, distraction) and offers meaningful and attainable solutions. These solutions are coupled with action plans that pave clear pathways to genuine growth in Christ.
President, Reflections Ministries & author of several books including ‘Conformed to His Image’ and ‘Life in the Presence of God’
As a pastor with a great desire to build men for the body of Christ, I was thrilled to read Joe Barnard’s book, The Way Forward. It is a very practical discipleship itinerary aimed at men, and in doing so addresses one of the great needs of our day. This book is packed full of gospel wisdom which edified me and will serve an individual Christian man or a church men’s ministry. Buy it. Read it. Be transformed by it.
Former professional footballer and Director of International Outreach, The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.