Wolfe, Tony. A Deacon On Purpose: Four Biblical Essentials. Grapevine, TX: Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, 2017.
What is a deacon, and why is he important to the health of the New Testament church? In this short, easy-to-read book, four essential purposes of the deacon are derived from Scripture, employing Acts 6:1-7 as a case study. What are the four purposes? Lead by Example, Serve the People, Support the Pastor/Staff, and Protect the Peace. With questions for group reflection and discussion at the end of every chapter (“session”), A Deacon on Purpose is designed to be used as a group-study for deacons or deacon bodies in the local church.
Churches have used this study in many ways. Some purchase copies for all of their deacons and let them read through its pages on their own. Some choose to utilize the six accompanying introductory videos to introduce each session as they meet once per month (available at no cost through the SBTC: www.sbtexas.com). Others schedule a one or two day deacon retreat during which the six sessions are spread out over the course of their time together. Dr. Wolfe is always honored to come lead the training himself, upon request (speaking request form here).
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Wolfe, Anthony D. Mile Markers: Stages of Growth Along the Journey Toward Spiritual Maturity. Castle Rock, CO: Crosslink Publishing, 2016. ISBN 1633570851.
Mile Markers is a biblical treatment of stages of spiritual growth. Its main purpose is to develop biblical, evaluative measurements for believers in Jesus Christ against which they can periodically measure their own progress in the faith. Many books on spiritual growth focus on how to grow spiritually, and Mile Markers does include some “Best Practices” toward that end. But the reality is that many Christians practice spiritual disciplines regularly, yet still are not sure if their faith is stronger today than it was in years past. How do we know if we are growing up in Christ? What does it look like to mature in the faith? These questions form the basis for the content of Mile Markers.
I cannot promise that if you read Mile Markers you will magically mature in the faith. But I can promise you these two things: if you walk through the book diligently (1) you will be equipped with the tools necessary to evaluate where you currently are, spiritually and (2) you will come away with some very practical things to work on as you lean into maturity on the journey ahead of you.
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Wolfe, Tony. 7 Things You Must Do to Be an Effective Small Group Leader. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016. ISBN 1541139410.
This short booklet is an easy-to-read, affordable resource for Small Group Leaders in the local church. It covers seven essential elements of small group leadership including praying for your people, teaching the content, not wasting time, being engaging in delivery, being intentional about fellowship, keeping connected, and being missional. Each of these seven essentials are rooted in Scripture, briefly explained, and supplemented with practical tips for improvement.
I invite you to use this book as a resource for your own personal growth as a Small Group Leader in your local church, or as a guide for Small Group Leader training in your local church. Follow the links below to order.