Discerning Mission

Spiritual direction and missional leadership

Here's a very thoughtful reflection, written in the context of a spiritual direction training program, on spiritual direction as a form of missional ministry. A brief excerpt:

Spurning the attractional methods of much of contemporary American Christianity, the missional church is incarnational -- it seeks to be the hands and feet of God at work in the world. Frost and Hirsch say, "By incarnational we mean it does not create sanctified spaces into which unbelievers must come to encounter the gospel.

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Acedia and leadership

Kathleen Norris, author of "Acedia and Me: A Marriage, Monks, and A Writer's Life" speaks at St. John's University in Collegeville, followed by a panel discussion on acedia (a state of being unable to care). The panel included two monastics: Br. Paul-Vincent Niebauer and S. Josue Behnen.

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