Spiritual Disciplines

A collection of resources to help you practice spiritual disciplines individually and as part of a group

"Small Groups in Depth" collections are assembled by the editors of SmallGroups.com as a method of continuing education for people participating in small-group ministry. Each collection offers step-by-step training on a specific ministry skill or practice. Read through each resource on your own for self improvement, or customize the articles, discussion questions, assessments, and tools for training others.

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Overview

Many people are wannabe golfers. They own a set of clubs, they hit the driving range from time to time, and they understand the basic rules of the game. They might even make it out to an actual golf course once or twice a year. But true golfers play the game much more frequently. True golfers own special equipment to hone their skills: golf shoes, hybrid clubs, laser range finders, and so on. Maybe they even have a subscription to Golf magazine.

Many Christians think of spiritual disciplines in similar terms. We think that practices like fasting, confession, and journaling are for "true" Christians—people who have the time and spiritual maturity to connect deeply with God. But the reality is that spiritual disciplines are specially designed for spiritual wannabes. They're what give us the focus and foundation necessary for a deeper relationship with Christ.

Could you use a little spiritual focus right now? Could your group members? If so, check out the resources highlighted on this page. They can help you connect with God in a deeper and more meaningful way, and they can help your group members do the same.

Questions

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