I’m so excited to see the work of some great WDA staff get a facelift!  Sometimes when you begin a project you don’t know how things will ultimately end up.  That is the case with the WDA Store redesign.

It all started when I wondered about creating a new cover for the downloadable pdf materials we offer for our discipleship ministry.  What was a personal project to add a little color to our pages, ended up as a project to create a new way for us to share our materials with the world!

Who is GodWDA has been writing great materials since it was started in 1974.  My first year on WDA campus staff I used our printed materials for small groups in my first bible study with Auburn freshman.  Who is God, is part of Phase 1, Establishing Faith.  It was part of what we once called Step One.  I still have those bible studies on my shelf.  As I began to create new covers and then the web store I realized that there are many people who will be able to teach great content to their groups and have a copy that they can read on their iPad or print and publish in a notebook.

As we began to put products on the store, I had the help of one of our staff, Nila Duffitt, who helps run our store.  She has been an invaluable source of information as we began to gather all the descriptions for each product page.  She and our materials staff have worked through the years to make all our materials connect not only to where each person or group might be in their spiritual growth, they are presented in a variety of formats that can be adapted to a particular context.Pocket Principles Growing Spiritually

Many of our materials are in the form of a Teaching Outline. This is great for places where a teacher will be giving a lecture based presentation.  We also provide materials as Guided Discussions, which work well when you want to bring a group into a dialogue about truth and have an interactive teaching time.  WDA also provides Pocket Principles® which are based on the lessons that have been taught.  Many people in the earlier phases choose to have participants take a Pocket Principle™ home with them or in later phases Pocket Principles are best read before coming to a group training.

Mentoring for Progressive GrowthThe WDA store also offers materials which help train leaders and teach our philosophy of ministry, such as Disciple Building: a Practical Strategy and Disciple Building: Mentoring for Progressive Growth,  that helps the mentor (disciple builder) better understand progressive one-to-one disciple building.

The training resources also include DVD’s from our 28/20 Conferences which are great for training leaders in a ministry how to implement a discipleship ministry using the progressive model of discipleship patterned after Jesus ministry.

In addition to our downloadable materials WDA also offers printed products for churches that are doing Restoring Your Heart ministry.  These include, Processing Pain, Understanding Emotions and Conquering Shame.  These workbooks when used in a Restoring Your Heart experience bring about healing from emotional pain. We have a specific program that trains and certifies people to lead others through the emotional healing process. We believe emotional and relational healing is an integral part of the discipleship process and was modeled by Jesus as he taught his disciples. The result of restoration is healthier people, healthier families, healthier churches and healthier communities. These workbooks provide participants and leaders the content needed for a group experience.

Evangelism Training Manual

WDA’s Store has an abundance of materials for your church and ministry.  Many of these materials are suitable for any context.  Future materials are being developed that will help churches continue to train and equip mature leaders for the church.  We currently have materials for Phases 1-3 online, which are suitable for evangelism (Phase 1 – Establishing Faith), helping a new believer begin to grow (Phase 2 Laying Foundations) and for a younger believer to begin to get training in ministry (Phase 3 Equipping for Ministry)

WDA has worked hard to create materials in a variety of formats that we believe will be useful for your ministry. Each one has been field tested by our experienced WDA staff.  We are very excited to provide a you a way to learn about new products, read some reviews and have a great experience with a the new store! Please take some time to visit and use the coupon!

If you visit before September 14  you will get 15% off your purchase of downloadable materials!


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To create a great piece of art, whether a painting, a song, a poem, or even a blog post, I need time inside my heart, imagination, and spirit. I’m sitting at my favorite coffee house looking over the Chattahoochee with the sun shining and water rushing by.  This is good for my heart and spirit.  Yet, I need to keep a balance between the inner world of a creative artist and the outer world of people and relationships.  If all my time is spent in my head, my art suffers and I ignore my need for Friendship.  A question to be raised is not “do we need community,” but “why building community should be a priority.”

CommunityFriendship: we are made for community.  It wasn’t good that Adam be alone.  From the first moment till now humans were created to share life together.  No matter your temperament, you were made to be with others.  I am better as a result of having people around me to give me encouragement, to challenge me, to love me, and be honest with me.  How else can I grow to be a better artist and a better friend?

Friend are not acquaintances however.  Where Google+ and now Facebook allows us to group people into circles and groups we need to consider who are our real friends and who are our “acquaintances.”  There is a bible verse that says “a friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity.”  When we consider developing real friendship we need to look for someone who is going to be available.  Most of us don’t have very many of these friends.  However each of us needs to pursue deep friendships.

Friendship is risky.  For many of us, whether we see them or not, there are inner hurts that cause us to be careful when entering into friendships.  Some have a wounded heart that has walled itself inside in order to avoid any more pain.  Building community with others involves risk.  I have to be willing to stick my head out of my shell.  I might even have to walk toward another person.  Where do you find the strength to risk making friendships when you have been hurt by others?  Some may look at the potential reward, some consider fear of being alone as a motivation and all of us would rather have someone reach out to us first.

May I suggest a better way for developing community?

There is one who is closer than a brother who has loved us at all times.  There is a Friend who was a friend when people hated him.  For me to begin to risk being a friend to others and for others to be able to develop healthy relationships, we need to have a relationship with Jesus.  This begins by understanding the Gospel.  We are more sinful than we ever imaged and more loved than we even dared dream.  Only when I remember that I first need to be in right relationship with Jesus am I able to build safe emotionally healthy relationships with others.

If you don’t know about how to have a relationship with Jesus, May I suggest you read,

What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert

Who Is God? WDA Bible Study for Phase 1 – Establishing Faith