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Christian Spirituality and Congregational Life

Faith at Midlife
Refresh: A Journal of Christian Spirituality, winter 2009
In midlife we start to look back as well as ahead, wondering if we have lived the first half of our life wisely and pondering what we want to do in the second half.

What Are We Waiting For this Advent?
Christine Sine’s blog, Godspace, November 30, 2009
We may have moments of utter joy when God’s goodness explodes into our hearts. But they are only moments.

Unusual Sabbaticals: Reflection, Relationships and Listening to God
Building Church Leaders, a Christianity Today Publication, Spring 2010
A good sabbatical will involve stopping long enough to look around and see God in a way that the busy life of ministry does not permit.

Following Jesus Each Day
Christine Sine’s blog, Godspace, March 18, 2010
We don’t follow Jesus so he can help us live the life we want to live. No, we follow him so we can live the life he wants us to live.

Church Websites and Other Congregational Communications

A Stream Flowing Through the City
Refresh: A Journal of Contemplative Spirituality. Winter 2010
The only sermon I remember from my childhood involved a dramatic action. The minister ... took off the watch he was wearing and ... threw it into the congregation.

Electronic Communication and Congregations
Candour, May 2010
In this world of so many diverse ways of communicating, a congregation that wants to get news out has to rely on a variety of means to do that.

Nurturing Faith Online
Lifelong Faith Journal, Summer 2010
Email, Facebook, Twitter, and blogs are now used by congregations to supplement the website and to point people toward it.

Sermons in a Visual Culture
Kiwimade Preaching Blog, December 2009
Think about the significance of art as a way to raise questions, stimulate reflection, and elicit emotions.

Communication, Spirituality and the Future
Seed Sampler, a publication of Mustard Seed Associates, Winter 2010
New communication technologies create challenges and opportunities for the Christian community.

Websites that Work: Questions and Answers with Lynne Baab Congregations, Summer 2009
Churches need websites if they want to be welcoming to potential visitors...

A New Place Candour, a publication of the Presbyterian Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand, May 2009
Communication has always mattered to Christians. But what are the implications for the church of all the new technologies?

Visual Communication for Congregations Building Church Leaders Blog (a publication of Christianity Today), Fall 2008
Movies, television, machines that print color pictures, and computers—all powered by electricity—have shaped the way we communicate...

Giving Communication the Attention It Deserves Building Church Leaders Blog (a publication of Christianity Today), Aug 2008
Most of the biggest technological changes of the past two decades involved communication...

Communication Congregational Values Building Church Leaders Blog (a publication of Christianity Today), February 2008
How websites "speak" beyond the words they use...

Our New Front Door Congregations, Spring 2008
How congregational Web sites communicate church values…

Spiritual Disciplines

Character and Practices that Nurture Creation Care.
Stimulus: The New Zealand Journal of Christian Thought and Practice, April 2013
Three common midlife experiences have significant implications for the Christian faith journey....

Spiritual Practices For Sitting in Front of the Screen
Christine Sine’s blog, Godspace, September 7, 2009
While my computer boots up, I try to look out the window at the trees and sky while I take a few deep breaths, reminding me of the Holy Spirit around me and in me...

Nurturing Communal Spiritual Disciplines Online
Building Church Leaders, a publication of Christianity Today, Winter 2010
The internet is a strategic place to provide information, encouragement and stories as congregations engage in spiritual disciplines.

Small Habits, Big Benefits Discipleship Journal, Fall 2008
Everyday practices help us draw near to God in the routine places of daily life…

I’m Excited About Spiritual Disciplines Spanz: Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand, June 2008
In this postmodern, post-Christendom world, we’re seeing a flowering of interest in Christian spiritual disciplines, particularly among younger followers of Christ…

Spiritual Disciplines for People in Ministry Christianity Today blog, "Building Church Leaders," Spring 2008
Why it’s so important to nurture spiritual disciplines that are unconnected to “church work”…

Fasting

Freedom Isn't Free
Vital Theology, July 2009

Fasting makes space for prayer and reflection. It helps us listen to God’s voice.

Gifts of Freedom: The Sabbath and Fasting Conversations, Fall/Winter 2007
Almost every year for ten years I stayed for a few days at a Benedictine monastery for women. During an early visit, one of the sisters told me how special Sundays are at the monastery...

Fasting Today Unpublished
Anyone can fast. In the past two years I’ve interviewed dozens of people who fast, and I’ve heard an amazing diversity of stories. In our time, followers of Jesus fast from food in a variety of ways, just as people of faith have done for centuries..

Sabbath

A Day Off From God Stuff? Leadership Journal, Spring 2007
Some pastors observe sabbath well. Their day away from work is markedly different from the other six, and there is something special and holy about what they do—and don’t do—on that day. For others, the sabbath feels like another work day...

Gifts of Freedom: The Sabbath and Fasting Conversations, Fall/Winter 2007
Almost every year for ten years I stayed for a few days at a Benedictine monastery for women. During an early visit, one of the sisters told me how special Sundays are at the monastery...

A Day Without a ‘Do’ List Discipleship Journal, July/Aug 2005
Busy, exhausted, empty... Our frantic activity and continual acquisition of possessions do not fill the hollow spaces in our inner beings. We need the sabbath now more than ever...

The Gift of Rest Today's Christian Woman, Sept 2005
“I’d like to observe the sabbath in our family,” the young woman said. “I’ve been reading books about it, talking with my husband and kids, and we’re going to start soon”...

Sabbath-Keeping—It's OK to Start Small Presbyterians Today, July/Aug 2005
The young woman smiled. “You mean we can start small? We don’t have to do it perfectly from the beginning?” We were talking about the sabbath...

The Gift of the Sabbath "The Spirit," newsletter of Seattle Presbytery, Jan 2005
Sabbath keeping is God’s gift. But, as with any gift, it must be received, opened and used...

Stopping: The Gift of the Sabbath Congregations, Summer 2003
...More and more people of all ages are finding joy and fruitfulness in observing a sabbath...

Burnout

Type and Burnout
TYPEtype: New Zealand Association for Psychological Type, Autumn 2009
Research indicates that introverts burn out more than extraverts because they do not have and use as many coping strategies.

Is Burnout Inevitable? The Spirit, newsletter of Seattle Presbytery, Nov 2003
About two years ago I interviewed several dozen people...Every single Christian I interviewed had at least one burnout story for me [but] I was quite surprised to hear about the absence of burnout among volunteers in synagogues, and that observation sent me down a long path of thought and analysis.

Beating Burnout by Building Teams Congregations, Fall 2003
For Beth and Steve, teaching Sunday School became a place where they could serve God together and grow in friendship with another couple and the singles who were on the team...Burnout was the furthest thing from their experience.

 

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