Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation

Practical ways for small groups to find a better rhythm with God

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."


Time for God
with Richard Foster and Henri Nouwen

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


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


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


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 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


An Hour in Prayer

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


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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Three Reasons You Need a Small Group, Too
Three Reasons You Need a Small Group, Too
Small-group ministry leaders can’t just talk about life in small groups—we need to be experiencing it ourselves.
Embracing the Unsatisfied Life
Embracing the Unsatisfied Life
Building sustainable faith in your small group
Soul Care for Leaders
Soul Care for Leaders
Everything you need to encourage healthy leadership in your ministry
9 Ways to Help Group Members Take Ownership of Problems
9 Ways to Help Group Members Take Ownership of Problems
The struggle is real—and we have to own it if we want to change.
Us Is the New Me
Us Is the New Me
Experiencing personal growth collectively.
How Is the Bible Changing You?
How Is the Bible Changing You?
Assess how you've grown after completing a Bible study.