A Guide to Mission Accompaniment
Author Kerry M Thorpe
Publisher BRF £7.99
This practical book equips us to undertake some of our core tasks as Readers – to encourage discipleship and to grow the next generation of leaders. Thorpe demonstrates that ‘transforming friendship’ is integral to God’s nature and illustrates this view with examples from Genesis through to Revelation. He argues that the flourishing of individual lives can be measured by the quality of their friendships. After careful analysis of Jesus’ relational discipling of his twelve closest followers, Thorpe explores how this knowledge could inform our own ministry. We are introduced to the benefits, and limitations, of neuro-linguistic programming; the importance of affirmation and encouragement alongside challenge; and the value of relational accompaniment in the context of mission. We are called to be challenger, cheerleader, confidant and coach to those we accompany. We should view relational accompaniment as a life skill rather than a technique.