Maybe you lack needed training. You don't have much encouragement and support. Or you're just not quite sure where to start. Besides, life is too busy already--how could I ever squeeze more in?
Take a moment to think about your spiritual life. If any of the following resonate with you, you are not alone. Christians everywhere are dealing with these exact same struggles:
- You want to study the Bible, but it just doesn't seem relevant.
- You try to be consistent in prayer, but can't seem to stick with it.
- You would love to memorize Scripture, but past attempts have failed.
- You want to share your faith, but no one seems interested.
- You are plugged into your church, but not much is happening there.
You are not alone
I was fortunate. When I first became a Christian, I was a young man just barely into my early 20's. Some college friends immediately took me under their wing and introduced me to the nuts and bolts of the Christian life. They taught me how to study and pray, memorize Scripture, deal with temptation, discern God's will, and more. They lived the life before me, and I began to grow in my walk with God.
I assumed every Christian got that kind of help when they started out. But I quickly discovered that was not the case. Lots of information about the doctrines of the Bible. Lots of sermons about what we should do and not do. Plenty of seminars and workshops, books and study guides. But when it came down to the nitty, gritty of how to make the Christian life actually work--there wasn't much help anywhere. There's more today, but back then, it was a desert.
So God began to burn into my heart a vision to focus my life on giving people real life tools to help them grow spiritually. I spent the next 20 years traveling the world as a speaker, writer, teacher, and now a pastor. All that time, I've continued studying, learning, and sharing secrets to a dynamic Christian life.
FAST started out as a tiny ministry, making simple study guides available to individuals here and there. It has since grown into a thriving community with thousands of believers from around the world sharing and encouraging each other in their walk with God. Each week we send out a brief "Monday Memo" with some of the very best research in discipleship available today. It's my main way of connecting with our growing community.
My goal in these memos is to help get your week off to a good start, and even more, to give you practical strategies and resources to move you forward in your spiritual development.
If you are new to FAST (and that's probably why you are reading this page), consider checking out some of my recent posts. Check out a couple and see if you find them helpful:
- The Secret to Growing in Prayer
- Inductive vs Deductive
- The Power of Prayer in Marriage
- Four Keys to a Mission Centered Church
More Tools and Training
In addition to our Monday Memo's, there are other valuable resources available to you at FAST. Our "Dashboard" gives you powerful discipleship tools to help you study the Bible, memorize Scripture, maintain a prayer journal, and manage your time. And it's free to anyone with an account! Look for these little icons:
Our "Challenges" are short classes on various interesting topics. Most can be completed in 7 to 10 days. We try to host a different challenge every month. Sign up for whichever one is available right now and give it a try. These courses can help you experience real growth in your life.
For those who want even more, we have two additional training options:
|1)||The Journey is an interactive adventure in discipleship designed to help you take in, live out, and pass on God's Word to others. Grow with students from around the world, and go as fast or as slow as you want. |
|2)||If you want to bring FAST training to your church, you can register as a training center and give every member access to our entire library of study guides and training booklets. Our turn-key tools can help revitalize your church and begin mobilizing members for ministry.|
Join Our Community
Don't feel you have to explore everything right now. Just create an account and get signed up. You'll start getting our Monday Memo's right away, and we'll keep you posted on all our important news and information. Then, when you have a minute, try out a challenge, or give our dashboard a spin.
It just takes a second to join, and it's free. So go ahead--sign up now: