How do we support our spiritual community in growing and progressing in spiritual and emotional maturity? How, do we, as spiritual leaders support the community in moving forward on a path toward conscious spiritual transformation?
Spiritual awakening, also known as, Self-Actualization is achieved through matriculating through a series of steps, or a hierarchy of needs. All spiritually awakening and evolving beings must grow through and in many ways master the competencies of these basic and first level foundational processes. Thus, self-actualization is not the pinnacle of arrival, but a preparation for the next level of spiritual growth; which is spoken of as spiritual maturity.
Being introverted doesn’t mean that we don’t like people it has to do with how we refresh and renew. Being with people actually depletes the reserves of an introvert, while an extrovert will glean energy from people. Introverts dread big gatherings and dinners and would rather send an email than go and visit in a large group, while an extrovert is just the opposite. Neither is good or bad, just different ways of recharging. .
Why is discussion of performance not a major topic in congregations? It certainly is a major topic in most non-profit and for-profit organizations. Indeed, for successful organizations, a drive to perform effectively and efficiently is at the heart of their vision. To change the world, we need to be performing at peak efficiency. For example, books written about Dr. King’s civil rights work reveal one of the highest performing organizations in our nation’s history.
What if saying “yes” to a leadership position where actually just a means to an end? A disguise for its real purpose. What if the essence of leadership in ministry is about personal soul growth for the person stepping up into leadership roles? What if saying “yes” to a leadership position was about the next step on the spiritual journey and lessons that we are ready to learn?
This article is about forgiveness, from the understanding of Desmond Mopho Tutu. He calls it the fourfold path of forgiveness and invites us to free ourselves from the cycles of hurt and retaliation.
Does preaching matter? You may want to let the perspective of thousands of listeners from across the United States contribute to your thinking about the potential value of preaching. These adult listeners attend all kinds of churches - tiny and mega, but mostly medium; healthy and troubled; mainline, evangelical, Catholic, and community. More than 78% of listeners say that they have "never" discussed a sermon with their preachers, so how could you possibly know what your listeners are thinking?"
Remember, the Millennials right now, are where we were in the 60s, there is a spiritual maturing process that is required, an “aging,” like fine wine, that must occur and right now until 2030 we have the Boomers who are ready to rediscover in a new way, the God of their childhood. So how can we support them?
Most interactions that we engage in, as human beings, are based upon the exchange of words – which arise from and occur in the realm of thought. These self-produced thoughts form words that are imaged and thus created through limiting and often destructive perceptions, beliefs, and concepts generated from and based on past experiences. These perceptions often create artificial barriers of separation between what we want to say and what really gets said and also in the interpretation of what was said and what we hear.
There are eight clear signs evident in many churches on the precipice of closing. If a church has four or more of these signs present, it is likely in deep trouble. Indeed, it could be closing sooner than almost anyone in the church would anticipate.