Throughout the ages, Christians have participated in seven habits that were taught by Jesus, passed on to his own disciples, and given to us as a means to express Christ's presence in our daily lives. The 7 Habits of Jesus provides comprehensive and practical ways for Christians to live as disciples of Christ in the world today.
Rev. Dr. Rick Rouse Co-author, A Field Guide to the Missional Congregation Faculty, Lutheran Seminary Pgrm of the Sw
"The goal of the missional church is to make disciples not members. The book The 7 Habits of Jesus is an invaluable tool for congregations to teach what it means to be an apprentice of Jesus,by living out their baptism in daily life. I am pleased to recommend it to every pastor and lay leader who take discipleship seriously.”
Rev. Robert G. Schaefer, Bishop Florida-Bahamas Synod, ELCA
“In a rapidly changing religious landscape, the church of the 21st century will need to function more like the church of the 1st century. Jesus sent the church with the mandate to make disciples by baptizing and teaching. I am thrilled to recommend The 7 Habits of Jesus to every community that is passionate about shaping disciples for daily ministry in a 21st century world. Here we have a useful roadmap to equip the saints to participate in God’s reconciling work in the world.”
Rev. Gregory S. Walton, President Florida-Georgia District, LCMS
“Not only is The 7 Habits of Jesus a tremendous resource for today’s church, it also addresses the need in our culture to get back to the basic habits of following Jesus. The way we relate these 7 Habits to our everyday life is helpful for us as individuals, and will be helpful to a new generation of believers striving to mature in their faith. The content, practicality, and arrangement of the materials provides a great service, one that is needed in the church today. I look forward to seeing how The 7 Habits of Jesus becomes a transformational tool for Christ’s church.”
Rev. John F. Bradosky, Bishop North American Lutheran Church
“Discipleship and faith formation is the means to grow people in the faith from infancy to maturity, from those who only receive to those who recognize they have received something so precious they are compelled to share it with others. Jesus used such a process to disciple His first followers. Without a similar commitment to invest ourselves in the lives of others the Church will only become weaker and less effective. The 7 Habits of Jesus provides a highly relational process that is focused on Christ, the Scripture and faithful Lutheran confessional theology. The insights it provides will bring transformation to individual lives and renewal for the congregation. It is an excellent first step in the pursuit of the Great Commission, making disciples, a resource that should be implemented by any Lutheran leader who takes seriously Jesus’ mission and command.”
Rev. Larry Klinker Pastor, Zion Lutheran- New Middletown, OH
“Many would agree that we are witnessing the emergence of a new church. The critical shift of this new church will be the focus of transforming people's lives in the image of Jesus. In this transformational process we need tools like The 7 Habits of Jesus.”
Rev. Dr. Rick Armstrong Executive Dir., Lutheran Counseling Svcs
"I am grateful for the missionary experience and spirit in which this book was written. I appreciate that the authors have introduced a discipleship model and resource for ministry focused on Christ’s mission of reconciliation to unite all people to God and to one another. It was refreshing to see a work that leads others to God's grace and wisdom with purpose."
Rev. Dr. Johan Bergh Pastor, Coordinator for Coaching Ministry Florida-Bahamas Synod, ELCA
“The 7 Habits of Jesus provides a comprehensive and accessible way for churches to actually get (back) into the business of making disciples. A particular strength of The 7 Habits of Jesus is the method of combining the three dimensions of engagement: selfstudy, fellowship groups, and partnerships. If you want real and enduring change in your relationship with Jesus for the sake of God’s mission in the world, use the tool The 7 Habits of Jesus.”
Rev. Dr. Nathan Swenson-Reinhold Lead Pastor, St. Stephen- Longwood, FL
“The 7 Habits of Jesus is a triumph in Lutheran faith formation and praxis. Birthed from over 20 years of mission experience in Kenya, Pastor Schmalzle successfully presents a user friendly model of discipleship which guides us into the realm of personal and communal transformation. It's simply accessible and incredible!”
Rev. Dr. Russell L. Meyer Executive Director, Fl Council of Churches
“Martin Luther spoke multiple languages. Best of all he spoke the language of the heart in its longing and struggle to experience God. Through The 7 Habits of Jesus, Pastor Schmalzle shows Luther jumping centuries to guide our hearts in discipleship. This book will help you find a faith that succeeds where others fail.”
Rev. Dr. Rita Gardner Tweed Pastor, Spirit of Grace- Hudson, FL fmr Director for Evangelical Mission, ELCA
“The 7 Habits of Jesus lives up to its title as a Handbook on Discipleship. It is inspiring, insightful, and instructional. It invites readers into an interactive process of listening, sharing, learning, and leading into deeper relational connections to Jesus, neighbor and to the world. It is a practical and comprehensive discipleship development handbook that I’m eager to use in the congregational setting and commend it for your use in faith formation and growing disciples."
Rev. Chuck Lindquist Director, World Mission Prayer League
I am impressed with "The 7 Habits of Jesus." The Christian faith, after all, is not simply a thought to think, or a matter of disincarnate philosophical perspective. It is a life to live. It is faith-filled habits to form. It is a Savior to follow into the world, by grace through faith. This book is wonderful help for the journey. It is theologically grounded, Biblically informed, and practically oriented. I am very pleased indeed to recommend it.