Diana Shiflett has been leading groups of all descriptions in spiritual practices for many years, and she understands the difficulties involved: the potential for awkwardness and self-doubt, the nagging question of whether anyone's getting anything out of this at all. But more than that, she understands the value of spiritual practices: their deep roots in the history and worship of God's people, and their ability to calm our distracted minds and hearts so we are ready to hear the voice of Jesus. In this personal, hands-on guide, Shiflett walks us through a wide array of spiritual practices, from communal silence and Scripture meditation to active prayer and corporate discernment. She proves a reliable guide, offering step-by-step instructions, pointing out hazards and pitfalls, and sharing her own experiences with honesty and humor. With this book as a guide, these spiritual practices can become life-giving resources in your ministry setting for years to come.
Introduction: Going Deeper Together 1. Leading Spiritual Practices 2. Practicing Silence with Others 3. Exploring Scripture Together 4. Simple Prayers That Transform Community 5. Processing Life Together 6. Active Prayer with One Another 7. Sharing Life on Life 8. The Rhythm of Life in Community 9. Corporate Discernment Conclusion: Getting Started Acknowledgments List of Spiritual Practices Helpful Books