Does God still speak to people today and how can we be assured that God is speaking to us collectively? Can we know what God is saying to us as a community of faith or organization in this season of our life and mission together?
This is a Christian formation and spiritual discernment program for pastors, leadership teams, congregations, and organizations who desire to listen together for God’s leading and direction about an important matter that is before them. In our listening we attend to:
- The presence and activity of the Holy Spirit among us.
- The promptings of the Holy Spirit in each person and the group.
- Scripture, the Confessions of the Church, facts and pertinent information, and the people most affected by our decisions.
- Our experience of the Holy Spirit witnessing with our spirit, assuring us that what we are discerning is truly from God.
Program Description – A Three or Four Phase Approach
This program can be custom designed for any group.
Phase I – Teach and Equip (leaders and/or leaders and congregation)
Based on the prayer life of Jesus, we explore and learn about Abiding Prayer and Listening Prayer. Instruction on a Process of Communal Discernment is provided.
Phase II – Preparation for Discernment (leaders)
Appreciative Inquiry – We identify how your community of faith has been uniquely gifted by the Holy Spirit. We frame the question for discernment – what is the question God is inviting us to ask?
Phase III – Communal Discernment (leaders only or leaders/congregation)
We listen together for what God is saying to us collectively in response to the question that is before us. After we have discerned what God is saying, we listen together for how God is calling us to act on what we have heard.
Phase IV –Communal Discernment (leaders)
The leaders distill the results of Phase Three and engage further in communal discernment about how God is calling us to act on what we have heard and develop a plan of action.
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