Spiritual discovery : a method for discernment in small groups and congregations / Catherine C. Tran and Sandra Hughes Boyd.Material type: TextPublisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, Description: xviii, 143 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781566997737 (cloth : alk. paper); 1566997739 (cloth : alk. paper); 9781566997348 (pbk. : alk. paper); 1566997348 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Prayer -- Christianity -- Study and teaching | Discernment (Christian theology) -- Study and teaching | Small groups -- Religious aspects -- ChristianityDDC classification: 253/.7
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Includes bibliographical references (page 143).
I. The prayer model -- Jane Vennard's prayer model -- The prayer model in depth -- Hospitality -- Participants' roles in the prayer model -- The order of the prayer model -- A modified prayer model -- Debriefing -- II. The spiritual discovery method -- Discernment -- Group administration -- The design of the spiritual discovery method -- Essentials for the spiritual discovery method -- Challenges groups encounter -- III. The compassionate observer -- The power of compassion and observation -- The disciplines of the compassionate observer -- Challenges for the compassionate observer -- IV. Applying the method.
Spiritual Discovery is a practical guide for groups desiring a prayerful approach to decision-making. The discernment method developed by authors Catherine C. Tran and Sandra Hughes Boyd begins with the prayer model -- a process for guiding prayer in small groups created by Jane E. Vennard. This model brings elements of silence and spiritual reflection to the entire decision-making proceeding. The prayer is followed by a time of thoughtful exploration and discussion, resulting in decision-making that draws on both the spirit and the intellect. The Spiritual Discovery Method facilitates thoughtful discernment, encouraging groups and individuals to attend to how they make decisions. This book offers step-by-step guidance for practicing the Spiritual Discovery Method, addressing essentials and challenges, while also providing concrete examples illustrating how groups have successfully used this process to enact spiritual growth and change. Tran and Boyd show how the skills that participants develop as they practice the Spiritual Discovery Method can be put to use in the everyday world, ready to be called upon for decision-making in any arena. The Spiritual Discovery Method has proven to be a powerful instrument for achieving positive change, and this book helps readers implement this process in their own lives and communities.