in Vestry Papers and filtered by Prayer & Reflection
By Bill Nesbit
If spiritual vitality of a congregation were measured, where along a continuum would the members in your church be?
By Dan Edwards
Dan Edwards shares stories, from biblical times to the present, of people who have walked in faith, giving away what they have and finding that they still have enough.
By Marek Zabriskie
Studies reveal that the number one factor by far in church growth and spiritual development is regular engagement with Scripture. This, however, has not been a strong suit for most Episcopalians.
By James Koester, SSJE and R. Casey Shobe
Retreats can be an effective vehicle for renewing and refreshing a vestry. James Koester, SSJE and R. Casey Shobe share how a contemplative retreat can transform vestry leadership away from “crunching numbers, going over the budget, and micromanaging administrative details, into becoming a body of deeply formed and faithful Christian leaders.
By C. K. Robertson
We start by looking back to the early days of Christianity. In “From Factions to Families: Lessons from 1 Corinthians,” C.K. Robertson reminds us that Paul’s advice to the Corinthians has stood the test of time. He suggests we have a choice: Unlike the Corinthians who ignored Paul’s advice, we can choose to listen and take seriously the challenge he offers us.
By Br. James Koester, SSJE
With our final article we shift our focus to the practical: How might we equip ourselves to best respond to the changes we face? Perhaps, as Br. James Koester, SSJE, models in “Where is the Invitation Here?” we need to engage in listening, to ask ourselves “ to what is this challenge inviting them – me – us?”
By Colleen McMahon
Colleen McMahon shares the importance of prayer and spiritual practice for vestries. She warns about falling victim to the “Martha syndrome” - being consumed by the many worldly tasks vestry service presents, and in the process losing sight of what is most important – our relationship with God.
By Jamie Coats
I’m not alone when making the observation that often, as we look ahead, our paths seem blocked and full of obstacles.
By Pat McCaughan
Be a non-anxious presence, especially in the midst of conflict.
By Sharon Pearson
Would you consider the youth programs in your congregation "spiritual?"