Spiritual Foundations

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.

Devotional PracticesPractices

August 17 - 9:00 am - Noon

BE STILL & KNOW THAT I AM GOD: DEVOTIONAL PRACTICES

In this practical, hands-on session, you can explore a variety of practices to strengthen your relationship with God through personal and corporate devotional times. Practices include these and others.

  • Lectio Divina (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).
  • Journaling

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; Sally Hinzie will share how the practice of journaling has been meaningful to her.

Enjoy Erika's art on display in the UBA Offices during June, July & August.

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Enneagram 

KNOW THYSELF: INTRODUCTION TO THE ENNEAGRAM

Krissi Vandagriff - EnneagramKrissi Vandagriff, MSW from Baylor University, has studied the Enneagram under the direction of Suzanne Stabile from Life in the Trinity Ministry. 

Through the exploration of nine personality types, the Enneagram can be used to encourage not only personal spiritual growth in your congregation but can also foster deeper, stronger inter-personal relationships within the community of faith.

Contact Krissi by email.

Seminar Resources:

Enneagram Resource List (pdf)

Enneagram Diagram (pdf)

A Blessing of Solitude (pdf)

Websites:

lifeinthetrinityministry.com

enneagraminstitute.com

Podcast: theroadbacktoyou/podcast

Learner Notes:

Enneagram Basic Notes (pdf)

Spiritual Disciplines

 SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES FOR PERSONAL GROWTH

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Trisha Taylor Spiritual DisciplinesTrisha Taylor provided participants with an introduction to the spiritual disciplines that lead us to a deeper relationship with God.  better a better understanding of how adults learn provided a foundation for more successfully implementing new disciplines. 

Seminar Resources:

PDF copy of Powerpoint

PDF Handout #1: Presentation Notes, includes a list of resources for additional learning

PDF Handout #2: Selected Spiritual Disciplines & Desires from Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices that Transform us by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun.

Church Revitalization

THE ROLE OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION IN CHURCH REVITALIZATION

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Ryan Jespersent Church Revitalization

Dr. Ryan Jespersen led a packed room to explore how to develop a process of prayer and spiritual disciplines to facilitate revitalization of your congregation. Missed it? Watch for the video coming soon.

Seminar Resources:

Download pdf notes pages.

Download pdf slide presentation.

Find additional resources at www.texasbaptists.org/urbanprayer.