The question I get asked most often by church planters and pastors of young churches is, “How can I train people in preparation for leadership in the church?” We often point them to Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology—referred affectionately among our tribe as simply, “Grudem’s.” Most people are not sure what to do with the nearly 1,300-page book with 57 chapters. The lay leaders with regular jobs are nearly traumatized when the 4-pound book arrives in their mail!
When Elliot Grudem gave me a copy of Christian Beliefs (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005), I immediately identified a valuable resource to help pastors walk their leaders and potential leaders through the excellent larger treatise. This interactive curriculum is an attempt to break down the doctrinal development of a person for Christian leadership into more granular, bite-sized chunks with a fair reflection of Grudem’s full resource. This is still a huge undertaking in systematic theology.
With this resource, church leaders, pastors, small group leaders, bible study facilitators and student ministers can hopefully equip people in Biblical doctrine in an interactive manner. The twenty lessons correspond chapter by chapter to twenty basics beliefs every Christian should know summarized in Grudem’s Christian Beliefs. I also included references to Grudem’s Systematic Theology (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994) and other notable works on the specific subject at hand.