Muslims who come to Christ face momentous spiritual, psychological and social obstacles that drive many to abandon their faith. Often conversion and discipleship are framed by individualistic Western models that do not acknowledge the communal cultural forces that constrain and shape new believers. Effective discipleship requires a more relational, holistic process of Christian identity development and spiritual formation in community. In this comprehensive resource, missiologist Don Little engages the toughest theoretical and practical challenges involved in discipling believers from Muslim backgrounds. He draws on New Testament principles, historical practices and interviews with seasoned disciplers ministering in a dozen countries across the Muslim world. Addressed here are key challenges that believers from Muslim backgrounds face, from suffering and persecution to spiritual warfare and oppression. Also included are implications for the role of disciplers in church planting among Muslims.
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by Don Little
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by Don Little
Don Little (DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) serves as an Islamic missiologist for Pioneers. He has over thirty years of experience as a writer, editor, consultant and trainer and he has traveled widely in the Muslim world, including ten years in North Africa. He is also the co-founder of the Lilias Trotter Center, which was launched in 2014 to enable thoughtful Christian engagement with Muslims. He teaches the Christian study of Islam and missiology to students at Houghton College and to practitioners living and working among Muslims globally. Don is also the editor of the missiological journal from Pioneers, SEEDBED: Practitioners in Conversation.