July 20, 2016

Vital Practices Digest: 5 Resources on Spirituality and Leadership


In the July Vital Practices Digest, we offer 5 resources centered on spiritual aspects of leadership in congregations, with the 5th a resource to help in developing year-round stewardship in your congregation.

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1. Transform Your Congregation: Read the Bible

Research has shown that reading the Bible is the most effective spiritual practice. “Transform Your Congregation: Read the Bible” shares how individuals, groups, or congregations can develop intentional reading and reflecting on scripture.



2. Why Pray At Church Meetings?

If you do pray at meetings, is it perfunctory? “Why Pray At Church Meetings?” challenges us to “stop praying (like you’ve been doing)” and be truly present to God and the people gathered together.



3. Getting to Know the Daily Office

Does your parish provide teaching about the Daily Office? “Getting to Know the Daily Office” shares how this might help renew and deepen spirituality within your congregation.



4. Models for Vestry Leadership of Faith Formation

How are you doing as leaders and stewards of your church's faith formation ministries? “Models for Vestry Leadership of Faith Formation” shares four "developmental stages" and offers practical suggestions for each approach.


THIS MONTH IN YEAR-ROUND STEWARDSHIP

5. The Best Way to be Blocked

When was the last time you stopped to reflect on the ways your life may have been blocked by an angel? "The Best Way to be Blocked" shares how we might learn to acknowledge and appreciate the instances when we're feeling stuck or stymied.


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