Disciple (n.): one who follows Jesus and resolves to be like Him. No one becomes like Jesus accidentally. It's a radical intention. Urban Disciple is a communal guide to reclaiming the life and ministry of Jesus as central to spiritual formation. With content and questions designed for the urban Christian, this companion through Matthew is available in one compilation or five books.
AJ currently serves as the Pastor of Trinity Grace Church in Chelsea. He and his wife, Elaina, moved to Manhattan in August of 2011. Prior to New York, he planted and pastored churches in Long Beach, California; Atlanta, Georgia; and Orlando, Florida. He earned his M.A. from Reformed Theological Seminary, his ThM from Columbia Theological Seminary (Atlanta), and is currently working on his Doctorate in Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. His doctoral emphasis is on Spiritual Formation and Discipleship. In addition to pastoring his local church, he aims to help other churches contextualize spiritual formation and discipleship. More recently, AJ has authored a contemplative book called Quiet: Hearing God Amidst the Noise.
"AJ Sherrill is doing a rare thing---having amazing success discipling believers of a new generation to be faithful to the Gospel, yet credible with their neighbors."Gabe Lyons, Founder of Q http://www.qideas.org →
"Urban Disciple is an essential resource at a time when re-centering discipleship on the life and ministry of Jesus has never been more urgent. This is a stellar personal devotional and a perfect group guide through Matthew. I fully endorse this resource for church's of all sizes and denominations."Jon Tyson, Trinity Grace ChurchNew York, New York http://www.trinitygracechurch.com →
"Like a good surgeon, AJ Sherrill takes God's Word and cuts right to our hearts, laying them bare before a holy and loving God. As a prophetic teacher, he helps us cherish the Word in our hearts in such a way that we are motivated to pursue God's shalom together in our cities, and equip others to do the same. This is one of the best new resources for communities who want to be and make missional disciples of Jesus today."JR WoodwardCo-founder of Kairos Los AngelesAuthor of Creating a Missional Culture (IVP, 2012) http://www.jrwoodward.com →
"Urban Disciple is a practical tool to help Jesus communities learn and embrace the rhythms of Jesus in the context of the city. A.J. doesn't just write from ivory tower theory; he practices the concepts in these books as he lives and pastors on the streets of New York City."J.R. BriggsPastor/Cultural Cultivator at The Renew CommunityFounder of Kairos Partnerships http://www.jrbriggs.com →
"AJ Sherrill understands the challenges of making discipleship a reality for those in an urban context. "Urban Disciple" is a great resource for groups and communities looking to integrate thoughtful reflection on the Scriptures with spiritual practices that lead to transformation."Bryan Dunagan, Teaching Pastor, Peachtree Presbyterian ChurchAtlanta, Ga http://www.peachtreepres.org →
"AJ has a passion for discipleship and a heart for the city. In Urban Disciple, he guides us through Matthew as a way of helping us to see us what it looks like to join God in renewing the city and its people. I'm a big fan."Trevor Debenning, Risen ChurchSanta Monica, California http://www.risenchurch.com →
"AJ has written a tremendously helpful set of books here. The teaching is theologically rich and challenging, but also down-to-earth and accessible. There are some great questions in each lesson that help people bring the text of Scripture into the context of their everyday lives. AJ knows what it is to walk with people as they seek to imitate Jesus in the city, and it shines through in this series of studies. I will definitely be using and recommending these books."Ben Sternke, Church PlanterFort Wayne, Indiana http://bensternke.com →
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