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.
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’
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
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’
Jesus calls His followers to be disciples who make disciples. Men and women face similar and distinct challenges in obeying Christ’s command. The Way Forward provides a fresh look at the obstacles and opportunities men face as they seek to be built up into the image of Christ.
J. Garrett Kell
Pastor, Del Ray Baptist Church, Alexandria, Virginia