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nakedspirituality
ministry aspregnancy coaching
something is      trying       to be        born
three trimestersthen birth
How can they inform          your ministry to                  others?    4 stagesHow can they help you inyour own spiritu...
William Blake - innocence, experiences, higher experience              Soren Kierkegaard - aesthetic, ethical, religious  ...
Four Stages  of FaithDevelopment
Stage 1Simplicity
Stage 1           SimplicityYou’re either for us or againstus. It’s all or nothing.
Stage 1           SimplicityFocus: Right or wrong? Good orbad?Motive: Pleasing authorityfigures, being an insider “us”Perc...
Stage 1             Beliefs-everything is known orknowable; there are easyanswers to every question-good authorities/us ar...
Stage 1          AuthoritiesGodlike, God’s representatives,they know and give answers
Stage 1 SimplicityLife is a war.
Stage 1Identity: In my leader or group.Relationships: Dependent or co-           dependent
Stage 1         Simplicity          God is …The Ultimate Authority Figure     or Ultimate Friend
Stage 1            SimplicitySTRENGTHS: highly committed,willing to sacrifice and suffer.WEAKNESSES: Also willing tokill o...
Stage 1Tell me what’s good and right.Tell me what’s bad and wrong.When you can’t give mecertainty, give me clarity.Preach ...
Stage 1  Simplicityhere. thanks. o!
Stage 2Complexity
Stage 2          ComplexityThere’s more than one way todo things.
Stage 2          ComplexityFocus: Effective or ineffective?Technique, winning, successMotive: Reach goals, beingeffectiveP...
Stage 2            Beliefs:      -anything is doable-there are many ways to reach           the goal-authorities/us are th...
Stage 2         AuthoritiesCoaches. They help you growand succeed with know-how.
Stage 2  ComplexityLife is a game.Learn the rules.  Play to win.
Stage 2          ComplexityIdentity: My cause orachievement.Relationships: Increasinglyindependent.
Stage 2        Complexity         God is …The Ultimate Guide or Coach
Stage 2         ComplexitySTRENGTHS: Enthusiasm,idealism, actionWEAKNESSES: Superficial,naïve, overly pragmatic
Stage 2Add to my knowledge.Give me historical context.Give me lists - steps, reasons,viewpoints, goals, examples.Preach wi...
Stage 2   Complexity:sorry. help. please.
Stage 3Perplexity
Stage 3          PerplexityEveryone has an opinion. Whoknows who is right?
Stage 3           PerplexityFocus: Honest or dishonest?Authentic or inauthentic?Motive: Being honest orauthenticPerception...
Stage 3           Beliefs  -little/nothing is known or knowable; everybody has an             opinion-good people are hone...
Stage 3      Authorities are ...         Controllers         The EnemyTrying to impose easy answers          on the naïve ...
Stage 3PerplexityLife is …                a joke              mystery             or search
Stage 3Identity: In solitude, or among asmall band of similarly alienatedfriends         Relationships: Counter-          ...
Stage 3           PerplexityGod is … mythic authority I’ve outgrown  mysterious reality I’m seeking       or opiate of the...
Stage 3            PerplexitySTRENGTHS: depth, honesty,sensitivity to suffering, perhapsironic humorWEAKNESSES: cynical,un...
Stage 3Tell me the “downsides.”Give me both (many) sides.Share your struggles.Preach with transparency.
Stage 3  Perplexitywhen? no! why?
Stage 4Harmony
Stage 4           HarmonySeek first God’s kingdom … loveGod, love neighbors … inessentials unity … focus on afew grand ess...
Stage 4           HarmonyFocus: Wise or unwise?Fulfilling potentialMotive: Serve, contribute, makea differencePerception: ...
Stage 4           Beliefs-some things are known, many are mysteries; life is a quest     -there is no “them”
Stage 4        Authorities               people like me                      imperfect   sometimes doing their best,      ...
Stage 4         Life is ...What you make it (with God’s          help)
Stage 4Identity: In mutual relationshipsRelationships: Interdependent
Stage 4             God is ...Knowable in part, yetmysterious, present yettranscendent, just yet merciful(able to hold tru...
Stage 4           HarmonySTRENGTHS: May exhibitstrengths of previous stages,plus stability, endurance,wisdomWEAKNESSES: Ma...
Stage 4Give me depth.Manifest awe and wonder.Show me deep connections.Preach with humility.
Stage 4   Harmonybehold. yes. [...]
Stage 1Simplicity
Stage 2Complexity
Stage 3Perplexity
Stage 4Humility
Doubtoccurs atmargins.
An observation: Cults and “bad faith” or “toxic” religion can be seen as groupswhich require people to revert to a Stage 1...
An observation:     Whole denominations orparachurch organizations seem to specialize in certain stages, and   fail people...
An observation:Leaders seldom lead people in a   stage beyond their own.
An observation:Stage 3 is tough on everybody --    leaders and followers.
An important reminderThe goal isn’t to rush through the  stages to get to 4 as soon as            possible.Each stage has ...
An observation:Jesus models working with people in each stage, and always brings    them farther on the journey.
A question:How do we minister to people withsuch contrary expectations, needs,       issues, and desires?           A dire...
We need churches and ministriesthat help people at all levels ...   And we need to keep in mind theultimate goal: people c...
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From Greenbelt 2011. This is drawn from my book Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words.

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  1. 1. nakedspirituality
  2. 2. ministry aspregnancy coaching
  3. 3. something is trying to be born
  4. 4. three trimestersthen birth
  5. 5. How can they inform your ministry to others? 4 stagesHow can they help you inyour own spiritual journey?
  6. 6. William Blake - innocence, experiences, higher experience Soren Kierkegaard - aesthetic, ethical, religious William Perry - dualism (a,b), multiplicity (a,b), relativism (a,b), commitment (a,b,c) James Fowler - primal, mythical-literal, synthetic- conventional, individual-reflective, conjunctive, universalizingKen Blanchard - enthusiastic beginner, disillusioned learner, capable but cautious performer, self-reliant achiever Graves/Beck/Wilber - archaic-instinctive, animist/tribal, ego- centric-exploitive, absolutist -obedience authoritarian, scientific strategic, relativistic-personalistic - communitarian; systemic-integral, holistic,
  7. 7. Four Stages of FaithDevelopment
  8. 8. Stage 1Simplicity
  9. 9. Stage 1 SimplicityYou’re either for us or againstus. It’s all or nothing.
  10. 10. Stage 1 SimplicityFocus: Right or wrong? Good orbad?Motive: Pleasing authorityfigures, being an insider “us”Perception: Dualistic
  11. 11. Stage 1 Beliefs-everything is known orknowable; there are easyanswers to every question-good authorities/us are the oneswho know the right answers-the bad guys/them are wrong
  12. 12. Stage 1 AuthoritiesGodlike, God’s representatives,they know and give answers
  13. 13. Stage 1 SimplicityLife is a war.
  14. 14. Stage 1Identity: In my leader or group.Relationships: Dependent or co- dependent
  15. 15. Stage 1 Simplicity God is …The Ultimate Authority Figure or Ultimate Friend
  16. 16. Stage 1 SimplicitySTRENGTHS: highly committed,willing to sacrifice and suffer.WEAKNESSES: Also willing tokill or inflict suffering. Arrogant,simplistic, combative,judgmental, intolerant
  17. 17. Stage 1Tell me what’s good and right.Tell me what’s bad and wrong.When you can’t give mecertainty, give me clarity.Preach with confidence.
  18. 18. Stage 1 Simplicityhere. thanks. o!
  19. 19. Stage 2Complexity
  20. 20. Stage 2 ComplexityThere’s more than one way todo things.
  21. 21. Stage 2 ComplexityFocus: Effective or ineffective?Technique, winning, successMotive: Reach goals, beingeffectivePerception: Pragmatic
  22. 22. Stage 2 Beliefs: -anything is doable-there are many ways to reach the goal-authorities/us are the ones who know how to do it-the bad guys don’t do the right stuff
  23. 23. Stage 2 AuthoritiesCoaches. They help you growand succeed with know-how.
  24. 24. Stage 2 ComplexityLife is a game.Learn the rules. Play to win.
  25. 25. Stage 2 ComplexityIdentity: My cause orachievement.Relationships: Increasinglyindependent.
  26. 26. Stage 2 Complexity God is …The Ultimate Guide or Coach
  27. 27. Stage 2 ComplexitySTRENGTHS: Enthusiasm,idealism, actionWEAKNESSES: Superficial,naïve, overly pragmatic
  28. 28. Stage 2Add to my knowledge.Give me historical context.Give me lists - steps, reasons,viewpoints, goals, examples.Preach with intelligence.
  29. 29. Stage 2 Complexity:sorry. help. please.
  30. 30. Stage 3Perplexity
  31. 31. Stage 3 PerplexityEveryone has an opinion. Whoknows who is right?
  32. 32. Stage 3 PerplexityFocus: Honest or dishonest?Authentic or inauthentic?Motive: Being honest orauthenticPerception: Relativistic, critical
  33. 33. Stage 3 Beliefs -little/nothing is known or knowable; everybody has an opinion-good people are honest about their questions
  34. 34. Stage 3 Authorities are ... Controllers The EnemyTrying to impose easy answers on the naïve Trying to use the naive
  35. 35. Stage 3PerplexityLife is … a joke mystery or search
  36. 36. Stage 3Identity: In solitude, or among asmall band of similarly alienatedfriends Relationships: Counter- dependent
  37. 37. Stage 3 PerplexityGod is … mythic authority I’ve outgrown mysterious reality I’m seeking or opiate of the pathetic masses
  38. 38. Stage 3 PerplexitySTRENGTHS: depth, honesty,sensitivity to suffering, perhapsironic humorWEAKNESSES: cynical,uncommitted, withdrawn,critical, depressed, elitist
  39. 39. Stage 3Tell me the “downsides.”Give me both (many) sides.Share your struggles.Preach with transparency.
  40. 40. Stage 3 Perplexitywhen? no! why?
  41. 41. Stage 4Harmony
  42. 42. Stage 4 HarmonySeek first God’s kingdom … loveGod, love neighbors … inessentials unity … focus on afew grand essentials
  43. 43. Stage 4 HarmonyFocus: Wise or unwise?Fulfilling potentialMotive: Serve, contribute, makea differencePerception: Integrated,synthesizing, sympathetic
  44. 44. Stage 4 Beliefs-some things are known, many are mysteries; life is a quest -there is no “them”
  45. 45. Stage 4 Authorities people like me imperfect sometimes doing their best, sometimes dishonest,sometimes sincerely misguided
  46. 46. Stage 4 Life is ...What you make it (with God’s help)
  47. 47. Stage 4Identity: In mutual relationshipsRelationships: Interdependent
  48. 48. Stage 4 God is ...Knowable in part, yetmysterious, present yettranscendent, just yet merciful(able to hold truths in tension --“paradoxy”)
  49. 49. Stage 4 HarmonySTRENGTHS: May exhibitstrengths of previous stages,plus stability, endurance,wisdomWEAKNESSES: May displayweaknesses of earlier stages
  50. 50. Stage 4Give me depth.Manifest awe and wonder.Show me deep connections.Preach with humility.
  51. 51. Stage 4 Harmonybehold. yes. [...]
  52. 52. Stage 1Simplicity
  53. 53. Stage 2Complexity
  54. 54. Stage 3Perplexity
  55. 55. Stage 4Humility
  56. 56. Doubtoccurs atmargins.
  57. 57. An observation: Cults and “bad faith” or “toxic” religion can be seen as groupswhich require people to revert to a Stage 1 status and stay there. Stage 1 is easier for the leaders and followers … in a way.
  58. 58. An observation: Whole denominations orparachurch organizations seem to specialize in certain stages, and fail people in other stages.
  59. 59. An observation:Leaders seldom lead people in a stage beyond their own.
  60. 60. An observation:Stage 3 is tough on everybody -- leaders and followers.
  61. 61. An important reminderThe goal isn’t to rush through the stages to get to 4 as soon as possible.Each stage has lessons to teach, and prepares for the next.
  62. 62. An observation:Jesus models working with people in each stage, and always brings them farther on the journey.
  63. 63. A question:How do we minister to people withsuch contrary expectations, needs, issues, and desires? A direction:Explore Jesus as teacher … not justin content, but also in method.
  64. 64. We need churches and ministriesthat help people at all levels ... And we need to keep in mind theultimate goal: people characterized by ...
  65. 65. love
  66. 66. something is trying to be born
  67. 67. you are apregnancy coach
  68. 68. simplicitycomplexity perplexity harmony
  69. 69. nakedspirituality
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