Growing Church Leaders

A Study in Practical Holiness

by Ernest N. Prabhakar



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/17/2010

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 220
ISBN : 9781449707637
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 220
ISBN : 9781449707620

About the Book

It is time for a revolution in how the church nurtures new leaders.

As Jim Downing of the Navigators points out, Jesus trained his disciples by imparting:

* Knowledge, through teaching
* Character, by modeling and example
* Skills, through guided experience

While knowledge can be learned anywhere, character and skills are best developed as part of a community that lives, worships, and serves together (e.g., a church).

We have developed Growing Church Leaders as a way for those who are mature to train the next generation of leaders in their churches to Think Biblically, Live Wisely, and Serve Faithfully. This course is designed to help senior leaders guide a small group of faithful men and women in:

* Memorizing Bible verses
* Reading classic Christian books
* Leading devotions, typically from Psalms or Proverbs
* Studying entire chapters of the Bible, verse by verse
* Exploring how Scripture applies to their lives
* Responding with repentance, action, and worship

Our prayer is that every growing church will invest in establishing future leaders on a solid foundation of biblical truth, Christian character, and spiritual discipline -- i.e., practical holiness. For that reason, this material is available in book form and as a free download at under a Creative Commons "share alike" license. You are free to adapt the material to the needs of your church or denomination, as long as you allow others to do the same.

May God use His Word to build His Body for His Kingdom!

About the Author

Ernest Prabhakar is a ninth-generation Christian and second-generation immigrant from India. His ancestors converted from Hinduism in the early 1700s at the dawn of the Protestant missionary movement. His family immigrated to Chicago in 1967 a few months before he was born. He was raised and confirmed in the Lutheran Church, where his parents continue to be active in lay ministry.

Ernest holds degrees in physics from both Caltech and MIT, though for the last decade he has worked as a product manager for a large technology company in Silicon Valley. This book represents both the scientist's desire to elegantly represent eternal truth and the marketer's passion to communicate timely facts that engage the emotions and the will.

He and his wife Sandhya live with their two children in Santa Clara, California. They attend Kingsway Community Church in San Jose, where Ernest serves as a junior elder. You can often find him online at and