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Spiritual Formation


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In our increasingly busy culture, encouraging prayer and spiritual disciplines among church attenders is consistently a challenge for pastors and ministry leaders. This theme includes teaching from wise spiritual directors, including Richard Foster, Henri Nouwen, and Ben Patterson. Articles range from "How to Pray as a Group" to "Where Do You Stand," written to help leaders see ways that spiritual disciplines can influence character and behavior. Also included are practical activities designed to get ministry leaders praying, titled "A Day in Prayer" and "An Hour in Prayer."

INTERVIEW

Time for God
with Richard Foster and Henri Nouwen

Making room for the eternal
Colossians 4:2; Psalm 84

ASSESSMENTS

Guidelines for Effective Prayer

9 principles for including God in church decisions
Ephesians 4:16; Philippians 4:6-7
by Wayne Jacobsen

Winsome Faith

5 qualities that reflect God's image
Galatians 5:1; 22-26
by Rick Weiner

CASE STUDIES

God's Work in Suffering

Even in our darkest moments, God is active.
James 1:1-18; Job 42
by Alan Redpath

Prime Time for Prayer

Breaking out of boredom
Psalm 51:10; James 4:7-10
by Steven D. Mathewson

DEVOTIONALS

Away to Pray

Changing the setting to talk with God
Luke 5:15-16
by Steven D. Mathewson

The Central Work of Prayer

How prayer and work go together
Colossians 4:12-13
by Ben Patterson

Fighting Spiritual Decay

It's critical that we speak with—not about—our heavenly Father.
Psalm 142; Job 1:20-22
by Helmut Thielicke

HOW TO ARTICLES

How to Pray As a Group

3 helpful stages.
1 Timothy 2:1; James 5:13-18
by Wayne Jacobsen

Where Do You Stand?

How to assess your life and work.
Psalm 139:23; Jeremiah 17:9-10
by Norman Shawchuck and Roger Heuser

ACTIVITY

An Hour in Prayer

Focus for time in God's presence
Matthew 6:5-13; 1 Thessalonians 5:17
by Dick Eastman

RESOURCES

Further Exploration

10 helpful resources on spiritual formation

Sample Retreat Schedule

How to use Building Church Leaders at a weekend retreat.

Total number of pages - 16




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