Holy Habits: Eating Together

Andrew Roberts, Neil Johnson, Tom Milton

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At first glance, the Holy Habit of eating together seems like an easy one. Many of us enjoy eating together with family and friends and it is often a regular feature of church life. But this Holy Habit invites us to do more than simply consume food, it invites us to explore how we eat together and with whom.

Holy Habits is an initiative to nurture Christian discipleship. It explores Luke's model of church found in Acts 2:42 - 47, identifies ten habits and encourages the development of a way of life formed by them. The habits are: biblical teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, sharing of resources, service, eating together, gladness and generosity, worship, prayer and making more disciples. The resources have been developed to help churches explore the habits in worship and other group activities (all-age or age-specific) and live out the habits in whole life, missional discipleship.

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Author info

Neil Johnson is Co-Superintendent Minister of the Birmingham Methodist Circuit. Tom Milton is Communications Officer for the Birmingham Methodist Circuit. Andrew Roberts is a Methodist minister working as Discipleship Specialist within the Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network, and author of the book Holy Habits (Malcolm Down Publishing, 2016). He previously served as Director of Training with Fresh Expressions and co-authored Fresh! An introduction to fresh expressions and pioneer ministry (SCM Press, 2012).


The Reader website, January 2019. Review by Janice Price

In a crowded market of resources on discipleship BRF's new series Holy Habits offers something different. It is about the development of a habitus or rule for life shared with others. The habits it seeks to foster are worship, eating together, breaking bread, prayer, making more disciples, sharing resources, gladness and generosity and serving and fellowship. It is focused on Acts 2:42-47 where the early life of the community of Jesus' disciples is described and worked through within the course. Each of the habits are understood and explained in the context of this passage. This reviewer has only read the Introductory Guide and the Biblical Teaching manuals, but they bode well for future manuals. The development of holy habits is at the heart of spiritual discipline. This resource provides an accessible way into the spiritual disciplines in the context of Christian community. They are good resources for clergy, Readers and lay members to learn together.

Reviewed by Janice Price


Premier Christianity Magazine, August 2018. Review by Justin Brierley ****

Methodist minister Andrew Roberts has achieved an ambitious task. He and a team of editors have delivered a set of ten Holy Habits booklets that will enable an entire church community to explore a multifaceted approach to discipleship.

The series covers ten elements of discipleship distilled from the life of the early Church as describefd in Acts 2:42-47: Biblical Teaching, Fellowship, Breaking Bread, Prayer, Sharing Resources, Serving, Eating Together, Gladness and Generosity, Worship and Making More Disciples.

There is much to commend in the Holy Habits initiative. Each booklet offers a range of suggestions for incorporating and exploring each respective habit. This includes worship ideas, preaching notes, small group activities, creative projects and individual and community practices.

The books will act as a starting point for churches planning a long-term discipleship programme, but leaders will need to put in effort themselves to flesh out some of the ideas contained within.

Review by Justin Brierley

Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857466846
  • Published: 19 January 2018
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 64
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