Pre-Marital Blessing Service

Where does a young couple go for support and guidance as they prepare for marriage? Some have the wisdom, courage, and resources to make use of pre-marital counseling. Others utilize relationship classes in churches, meet with marriage mentors, or complete workbooks. Many do nothing except perhaps an obligatory pre-wedding consult with the minister who is marrying them.…

A Family Devotional For Your Child’s Identity in Christ

A family devotional time is a great tool to help your children put their trust in God and develop their identity in Christ. But it needs to be done in the context of loving and affirming relationship and with understanding about the process of discipleship to Christ. I believe that the primary purpose of Christian…

Dallas Willard’s Stages of Eternal Living

An understanding of how spiritual and psychological development generally progresses is crucial to personal faith and the ministries of spiritual direction, pastoral care, and Christian counseling. But many Christians, even pastors and leaders, have not studied this. In The Divine Conspiracy Dallas Willard shares some key thoughts on a developmental model of spiritual formation in…

Lead like Jesus: Be a Spiritual Leader

Where are the spiritual leaders in our churches, Christian organizations, and families? In your leadership role as a pastor, elder, counselor, group leader, supervisor, or parent are you leading in the way of the culture or the way of Jesus? To lead like Jesus means two things: be submitted to God and serve people.  Spiritual Leaders Abandon…

How to Lead a Lectio Divina Group

This article features simple, step-by-step instructions on how to lead a Lectio Divina group. These instructions are meant to go along with Soul Shepherding’s library of Lectio Divina Guides, each of which provide the format we use. I’m assuming that you have some knowledge and experience of with Benedict’s 6th Century way of reading and…

In the Dark Night Remember God

From time to time we all go through trials in which God’s face is hidden from us. Our prayers seem to go unanswered. God’s comfort is absent. Discouragement, worry, or exhaustion press in on us. We may lose heart completely. This is called the Dark Night of the Soul. The Dark Night of the Soul…