Listening to God: Spiritual Formation in Congregations

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Alban Institute, 2001 - Religion - 166 pages
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People today are less interested in thinking about God while being much more interested in knowing God, observes spiritual director and author John Ackerman, who served as a parish pastor for four decades. In this insightful book, Ackerman outlines ways congregations can promote members’ spiritual growth toward a greater intimacy with God. This book is about the whole system—individuals and small groups, lay leaders and clergy, worship and education—everything we do in a congregation to form us more fully into the body of Christ and to become aware of Christ in us. Ackerman offers two basic four-step models and several additional tools that can be used to create a more encompassing process. And it all begins with learning to listen as a community, and to notice what God is doing in our life together.

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John Ackerman has supervised spiritual directors and therapists and taught spiritual formation at three seminaries. In addition to being a longtime spiritual director, he has served as a Presbyterian pastor for four decades, most recently at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis.

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