Strong spiritual foundations, both individually and congregationally, are the first step toward congregational health.
UBA offers four sessions designed to further your understanding and practice of the spiritual disciplines and enhance your ability to implement these in your own life and the life of your congregation or small group. These sessions are for pastors, church staff, ministry leaders, and any individual who wants to develop a deeper relationship with Christ.
THE ROLE OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION IN CHURCH REVITALIZATION
May 11, 9 am - 11 am, at the UBA Offices
Facilitator Ryan Jespersen explains the 40-day practice that impacted Grace Temple Baptist Church where he served as pastor for 7 years. Ryan leads you to explore how this process might be adapted to empower, revitalize, and deepen the spirituality of your congregation. Says Jespersen, "Through much prayer, seeking after God in spiritual disciplines, and getting on mission in the community, the church was able to see major revitalization."
SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES FOR PERSONAL GROWTH
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Facilitator Trisha Taylor, licensed professional counselor, author, and church consultant, provides a brief overview of the 13 Spiritual Disciplines in Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline. She will lead you to a better understanding of these disciplines and how they can be implemented to develop a stronger personal spiritual foundation.
KNOW THYSELF: INTRODUCTION TO THE ENNEAGRAM
July 11, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at the UBA Offices
Facilitator Krissi Vandagriff, MSW from Truett Seminary, leads you to explore the Enneagram, an ancient personality assessment tool used in the Christian tradition to help individuals understand who they are, how they see the world and how they respond to life in times of joy and success as well as times of stress and sorrow. The Enneagram can be used to encourage personal spiritual growth in your congregation and create greater inter-personal understanding among your membership.
August 17 - 9:00 am - Noon
BE STILL & KNOW THAT I AM GOD: DEVOTIONAL PRACTICES
In this practical, hands-on session, you may choose to explore a variety of practices to strengthen your relationship with God through personal and corporate devotional times. Practices may include the following and others.
- Lectio Divino (a practice of deeply reflecting on the meaning and application of scripture);
- Labyrinths and where to find them in Houston (a physical practice of journeying with God);
- Experiencing the Creator through appreciating the beauty of creation;
- Artful Prayer (using creative art, hymns, music, paintings, etc. to connect deeply with God);
- Contemplative Prayer (allowing God to communicate with us during a period of thoughtful silence).
As we take a brief look at a number of devotional practices, Erika Hughes Brunson (facebook) will be a special guest that day sharing her experiences and perspectives on experiencing God through art. Her art will be on display in the UBA Offices during June, July & August.