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Spiritualitythrough life’s      stages
walking humbly      with God
hypepressure“show”artificialitycelebrity
defensivenesscombativenessrigiditysuspiciondivision
emptinessfrustrationfatiguecynicismcollapse
Group                  Doctrines,Belonging                Beliefs            Spiritual            Practices
Group      Doctrines,Belonging    Beliefs      Spiritual      Practices
Group                  Doctrines,Belonging                Beliefs   ?                        ?            Spiritual       ...
tearsrelieflaughterrenewalbeauty
Spiritualitythrough life’s      stages
How can these four      stages inform your         ministry work?How can they help you  in your own spiritual             ...
William Blake - innocence, experiences, higher experience              Soren Kierkegaard - aesthetic, ethical, religious  ...
Four Stages  of FaithDevelopment
Stage 1
Stage 1Simplicity
Stage 1
Stage 1           SimplicityYou’re either for us or againstus. It’s all or nothing.
Stage 1
Stage 1           SimplicityFocus: Right or wrong? Good orbad?Motive: Pleasing authorityfigures, being an insider “us”Perc...
Stage 1
Stage 1             Beliefs-everything is known orknowable; there are easyanswers to every question-good authorities/us ar...
Stage 1
Stage 1          AuthoritiesGodlike, God’s representatives,they know and give answers
Stage 1
Stage 1 SimplicityLife is a war.
Stage 1
Stage 1Identity: In my leader or group.Relationships: Dependent or co-           dependent
Stage 1
Stage 1         Simplicity          God is …The Ultimate Authority Figure     or Ultimate Friend
Stage 1
Stage 1            SimplicitySTRENGTHS: highly committed,willing to sacrifice and suffer.WEAKNESSES: Also willing tokill o...
Stage 1
Stage 1    SimplicityConnection through    awakening
Stage 2
Stage 2Complexity
Stage 2
Stage 2          ComplexityThere’s more than one way todo things.
Stage 2
Stage 2          ComplexityFocus: Effective or ineffective?Technique, winning, successMotive: Reach goals, beingeffectiveP...
Stage 2
Stage 2            Beliefs:      -anything is doable-there are many ways to reach           the goal-authorities/us are th...
Stage 2
Stage 2         AuthoritiesCoaches. They help you growand succeed with know-how.
Stage 2
Stage 2  ComplexityLife is a game.Learn the rules.  Play to win.
Stage 2
Stage 2          ComplexityIdentity: My cause orachievement.Relationships: Increasinglyindependent.
Stage 2
Stage 2        Complexity         God is …The Ultimate Guide or Coach
Stage 2
Stage 2         ComplexitySTRENGTHS: Enthusiasm,idealism, actionWEAKNESSES: Superficial,naïve, overly pragmatic
Stage 2
Stage 2      ComplexityConnection through need
Stage 3
Stage 3Perplexity
Stage 3
Stage 3          PerplexityEveryone has an opinion. Whoknows who is right?
Stage 3
Stage 3           PerplexityFocus: Honest or dishonest?Authentic or inauthentic?Motive: Being honest orauthenticPerception...
Stage 3
Stage 3           Beliefs  -little/nothing is known or knowable; everybody has an             opinion-good people are hone...
Stage 3
Stage 3      Authorities are ...         Controllers         The EnemyTrying to impose easy answers          on the naïve ...
Stage 3
Stage 3PerplexityLife is …                a joke              mystery             or search
Stage 3
Stage 3Identity: In solitude, or among asmall band of similarly alienatedfriends         Relationships: Counter-          ...
Stage 3
Stage 3           PerplexityGod is … mythic authority I’ve outgrown  mysterious reality I’m seeking       or opiate of the...
Stage 3
Stage 3            PerplexitySTRENGTHS: depth, honesty,sensitivity to suffering, perhapsironic humorWEAKNESSES: cynical,un...
Stage 3
Stage 3    PerplexityConnection through   unknowing
Stage 4
Stage 4Humility/Harmony
Stage 4
Stage 4       Humility/HarmonySeek first God’s kingdom … loveGod, love neighbors … inessentials unity … focus on afew gran...
Stage 4
Stage 4       Humility/HarmonyFocus: Wise or unwise?Fulfilling potentialMotive: Serve, contribute, makea differencePercept...
Stage 4
Stage 4           Beliefs-some things are known, many are mysteries; life is a quest     -there is no “them”
Stage 4
Stage 4        Authorities               people like me                      imperfect   sometimes doing their best,      ...
Stage 4
Stage 4         Life is ...What you make it (with God’s          help)
Stage 4
Stage 4Identity: In mutual relationshipsRelationships: Interdependent
Stage 4
Stage 4             God is ...Knowable in part, yetmysterious, present yettranscendent, just yet merciful(able to hold tru...
Stage 4
Stage 4       Humility/HarmonySTRENGTHS: May exhibitstrengths of previous stages,plus stability, endurance,wisdomWEAKNESSE...
Stage 4
Stage 4Humility/Harmonyconnection through    affection
Stage 1
Stage 1Simplicity
Stage 2
Stage 2Complexity
Stage 3
Stage 3Perplexity
Stage 4
Stage 4Humility
Doubtoccurs atmargins.
An observation:
An observation: Cults and “bad faith” or “toxic” religion can be seen as groupswhich require people to revert to a Stage 1...
An observation: Cults and “bad faith” or “toxic” religion can be seen as groupswhich require people to revert to a Stage 1...
An observation:
An observation:     Whole denominations orparachurch organizations seem to specialize in certain stages, and   fail people...
An observation:
An observation:Leaders seldom lead people in a   stage beyond their own.
An observation:
An observation:Stage 3 is tough on everybody --    leaders and followers.
An observation:
An observation:Jesus models working with people in each stage, and always brings    them farther on the journey.
A question:
A question:How do we minister to people withsuch contrary expectations, needs,       issues, and desires?
A question:How do we minister to people withsuch contrary expectations, needs,       issues, and desires?           A dire...
A question:How do we minister to people withsuch contrary expectations, needs,       issues, and desires?           A dire...
An important reminder
An important reminderThe goal isn’t to rush through the  stages to get to 4 as soon as            possible.
An important reminderThe goal isn’t to rush through the  stages to get to 4 as soon as            possible.Each stage has ...
An important reminderThe goal isn’t to rush through the  stages to get to 4 as soon as            possible.Each stage has ...
disciple Dis*ci"ple, n. [OE. disciple, deciple,OF. disciple, fr. L. discipulus, fr. discere tolearn (akin to docere to tea...
We need churches and ministriesthat help people at all levels ...
We need churches and ministriesthat help people at all levels ...   And we need to keep in mind theultimate goal: people c...
love
How can these four      stages inform your         ministry work?How can they help you  in your own spiritual             ...
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    1. 1. Spiritualitythrough life’s stages
    2. 2. walking humbly with God
    3. 3. hypepressure“show”artificialitycelebrity
    4. 4. defensivenesscombativenessrigiditysuspiciondivision
    5. 5. emptinessfrustrationfatiguecynicismcollapse
    6. 6. Group Doctrines,Belonging Beliefs Spiritual Practices
    7. 7. Group Doctrines,Belonging Beliefs Spiritual Practices
    8. 8. Group Doctrines,Belonging Beliefs ? ? Spiritual Practices
    9. 9. tearsrelieflaughterrenewalbeauty
    10. 10. Spiritualitythrough life’s stages
    11. 11. How can these four stages inform your ministry work?How can they help you in your own spiritual journey?
    12. 12. 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,
    13. 13. Four Stages of FaithDevelopment
    14. 14. Stage 1
    15. 15. Stage 1Simplicity
    16. 16. Stage 1
    17. 17. Stage 1 SimplicityYou’re either for us or againstus. It’s all or nothing.
    18. 18. Stage 1
    19. 19. Stage 1 SimplicityFocus: Right or wrong? Good orbad?Motive: Pleasing authorityfigures, being an insider “us”Perception: Dualistic
    20. 20. Stage 1
    21. 21. 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
    22. 22. Stage 1
    23. 23. Stage 1 AuthoritiesGodlike, God’s representatives,they know and give answers
    24. 24. Stage 1
    25. 25. Stage 1 SimplicityLife is a war.
    26. 26. Stage 1
    27. 27. Stage 1Identity: In my leader or group.Relationships: Dependent or co- dependent
    28. 28. Stage 1
    29. 29. Stage 1 Simplicity God is …The Ultimate Authority Figure or Ultimate Friend
    30. 30. Stage 1
    31. 31. Stage 1 SimplicitySTRENGTHS: highly committed,willing to sacrifice and suffer.WEAKNESSES: Also willing tokill or inflict suffering. Arrogant,simplistic, combative,judgmental, intolerant
    32. 32. Stage 1
    33. 33. Stage 1 SimplicityConnection through awakening
    34. 34. Stage 2
    35. 35. Stage 2Complexity
    36. 36. Stage 2
    37. 37. Stage 2 ComplexityThere’s more than one way todo things.
    38. 38. Stage 2
    39. 39. Stage 2 ComplexityFocus: Effective or ineffective?Technique, winning, successMotive: Reach goals, beingeffectivePerception: Pragmatic
    40. 40. Stage 2
    41. 41. 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
    42. 42. Stage 2
    43. 43. Stage 2 AuthoritiesCoaches. They help you growand succeed with know-how.
    44. 44. Stage 2
    45. 45. Stage 2 ComplexityLife is a game.Learn the rules. Play to win.
    46. 46. Stage 2
    47. 47. Stage 2 ComplexityIdentity: My cause orachievement.Relationships: Increasinglyindependent.
    48. 48. Stage 2
    49. 49. Stage 2 Complexity God is …The Ultimate Guide or Coach
    50. 50. Stage 2
    51. 51. Stage 2 ComplexitySTRENGTHS: Enthusiasm,idealism, actionWEAKNESSES: Superficial,naïve, overly pragmatic
    52. 52. Stage 2
    53. 53. Stage 2 ComplexityConnection through need
    54. 54. Stage 3
    55. 55. Stage 3Perplexity
    56. 56. Stage 3
    57. 57. Stage 3 PerplexityEveryone has an opinion. Whoknows who is right?
    58. 58. Stage 3
    59. 59. Stage 3 PerplexityFocus: Honest or dishonest?Authentic or inauthentic?Motive: Being honest orauthenticPerception: Relativistic, critical
    60. 60. Stage 3
    61. 61. Stage 3 Beliefs -little/nothing is known or knowable; everybody has an opinion-good people are honest about their questions
    62. 62. Stage 3
    63. 63. Stage 3 Authorities are ... Controllers The EnemyTrying to impose easy answers on the naïve Trying to use the naive
    64. 64. Stage 3
    65. 65. Stage 3PerplexityLife is … a joke mystery or search
    66. 66. Stage 3
    67. 67. Stage 3Identity: In solitude, or among asmall band of similarly alienatedfriends Relationships: Counter- dependent
    68. 68. Stage 3
    69. 69. Stage 3 PerplexityGod is … mythic authority I’ve outgrown mysterious reality I’m seeking or opiate of the pathetic masses
    70. 70. Stage 3
    71. 71. Stage 3 PerplexitySTRENGTHS: depth, honesty,sensitivity to suffering, perhapsironic humorWEAKNESSES: cynical,uncommitted, withdrawn,critical, depressed, elitist
    72. 72. Stage 3
    73. 73. Stage 3 PerplexityConnection through unknowing
    74. 74. Stage 4
    75. 75. Stage 4Humility/Harmony
    76. 76. Stage 4
    77. 77. Stage 4 Humility/HarmonySeek first God’s kingdom … loveGod, love neighbors … inessentials unity … focus on afew grand essentials
    78. 78. Stage 4
    79. 79. Stage 4 Humility/HarmonyFocus: Wise or unwise?Fulfilling potentialMotive: Serve, contribute, makea differencePerception: Integrated,synthesizing, sympathetic
    80. 80. Stage 4
    81. 81. Stage 4 Beliefs-some things are known, many are mysteries; life is a quest -there is no “them”
    82. 82. Stage 4
    83. 83. Stage 4 Authorities people like me imperfect sometimes doing their best, sometimes dishonest,sometimes sincerely misguided
    84. 84. Stage 4
    85. 85. Stage 4 Life is ...What you make it (with God’s help)
    86. 86. Stage 4
    87. 87. Stage 4Identity: In mutual relationshipsRelationships: Interdependent
    88. 88. Stage 4
    89. 89. Stage 4 God is ...Knowable in part, yetmysterious, present yettranscendent, just yet merciful(able to hold truths in tension --“paradoxy”)
    90. 90. Stage 4
    91. 91. Stage 4 Humility/HarmonySTRENGTHS: May exhibitstrengths of previous stages,plus stability, endurance,wisdomWEAKNESSES: May displayweaknesses of earlier stages
    92. 92. Stage 4
    93. 93. Stage 4Humility/Harmonyconnection through affection
    94. 94. Stage 1
    95. 95. Stage 1Simplicity
    96. 96. Stage 2
    97. 97. Stage 2Complexity
    98. 98. Stage 3
    99. 99. Stage 3Perplexity
    100. 100. Stage 4
    101. 101. Stage 4Humility
    102. 102. Doubtoccurs atmargins.
    103. 103. An observation:
    104. 104. 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.
    105. 105. 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.
    106. 106. An observation:
    107. 107. An observation: Whole denominations orparachurch organizations seem to specialize in certain stages, and fail people in other stages.
    108. 108. An observation:
    109. 109. An observation:Leaders seldom lead people in a stage beyond their own.
    110. 110. An observation:
    111. 111. An observation:Stage 3 is tough on everybody -- leaders and followers.
    112. 112. An observation:
    113. 113. An observation:Jesus models working with people in each stage, and always brings them farther on the journey.
    114. 114. A question:
    115. 115. A question:How do we minister to people withsuch contrary expectations, needs, issues, and desires?
    116. 116. A question:How do we minister to people withsuch contrary expectations, needs, issues, and desires? A direction:
    117. 117. 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.
    118. 118. An important reminder
    119. 119. An important reminderThe goal isn’t to rush through the stages to get to 4 as soon as possible.
    120. 120. 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.
    121. 121. 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.
    122. 122. disciple Dis*ci"ple, n. [OE. disciple, deciple,OF. disciple, fr. L. discipulus, fr. discere tolearn (akin to docere to teach; see Docile) +prob. a root meaning to turn or drive, as in L.pellere to drive (see Pulse).] One whoreceives instruction from another; a scholar;a learner; especially, a follower who haslearned to believe in the truth of the doctrineof his teacher; an adherent in doctrine; as,the disciples of Plato; the disciples of ourSavior
    123. 123. We need churches and ministriesthat help people at all levels ...
    124. 124. We need churches and ministriesthat help people at all levels ... And we need to keep in mind theultimate goal: people characterized by ...
    125. 125. love
    126. 126. How can these four stages inform your ministry work?How can they help you in your own spiritual journey?
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