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Winter 2003 Rapport: Facilitating Intentional Spiritual Growth

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  • Prayerfully and honestly reflect on your present spiritual formation.
  • Reflect on the highlights of your spiritual journey through some appreciative questions. Recognize what helped you grow in the past and what you might need to do to recreate a climate of growth for the future.
  • At what point in your life did you feel closest to God? Why? (What was going on, or what were you doing, to be where you were spiritually?)
  • Give one example of -when something you did most exemplified your faith.
  • Without being humble, describe what you value most about your spiritual life.
  • Describe your three concrete wishes/future goals for your spiritual life.
  • Select some specific goals for growth and determine practical and realistic steps to accomplish the goals.
  • Select one new discipline to begin practicing.
  • Find a spiritual mentor or accountability partner.

Recommended reading on Spiritual Formation

  • The Life You've Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People by John Ortberg.
  • A Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders by Reggie McNeal.
  • Disciplines of the Holy Spirit: How to Connect to the Spirit’s Power and Presence by Siang-Yang Tan and Douglas Gregg.
  • Conformed to His Image: Biblical and Practical Approaches to Spiritual Formation by Kenneth Boa.
  • In the Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen.


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