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Spiritual Formation ~ MOP July 2018
Facilitators: Ken Guenther, Gary Ridley, and Pastor James Aberin
In the first few sessions, we will emphasize the importance of the participant's walk with God as a missionary, or maintaining and nurturing an ever-deepening intimacy with God while serving as a missionary. Then we will spend several sessions practicing different spiritual disciplines that can become a regular part of your daily “Quiet Time” with God and help you to focus your attention and hear what God is saying to you. These sessions conclude with a Day Alone with God scheduled during the second week > an opportunity to practice more intensely what you have been learning during these sessions.
- Remind participants of how critical their walk with God is to their success and fruitfulness as missionaries and have them do a self-evaluation.
- Motivate participants to commit to making intimacy with Christ their number one priority, to resolve to be like Mary (rather than Martha), and to develop a plan for how they will do so.
- Provide participants with practical suggestions for how to nurture intimacy with Christ on a daily basis.
- Practice some of the spiritual disciplines, particularly Bible reading, journaling, and prayer.
- Help participants prepare for a meaningful Day Alone with God.
Handouts for Ken's sessions:
Handouts by other facilitators:
Resources suggested by Ken Guenther:
- Godly Servants: Discipleship and Spiritual Formation for Missionaries > Amazon link to book by David Teague. You can read Ken's review on Amazon.com
- The Divine Mentor: Growing your Faith as you sit at the Feet of the Saviour > by Wayne Cordeiro, the author of the Life Journal. Reviewed by Ken Guenther on the SEND U blog.
- How George Mueller Started His Day > recording from ch. 5 of Desiring God by John Piper
- Aids for journalling
- Five Ways to Flourish in Journaling > article recommended by Chris Jones
- Aids for intercessory prayer
Resources suggested by Ted Szymczak:
Resources suggested by Scott Powell:
- Mouw, Richard J. Adventures in Evangelical Civility: A Lifelong Quest for Common Ground. Helpful resource in the quest for “convicted civility” and needed balance in addressing matters of serious disagreement in the evangelical community.
- Mathis, David, Habits of Grace, Spiritual disciplines motivated out of a life impacted by the grace of God