The Pastor’s Spirituality

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A Presentation Given at the Pastoral Leadership Bootcamp Seattle WA (Nov 2012)

A Presentation Given at the Pastoral Leadership Bootcamp Seattle WA (Nov 2012)

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  • 1. THE PASTOR’S SPIRITUALITY PASTORAL BOOTCAMP SEATTLE
  • 2. WHAT IS SPIRITUALITY? Spirituality is paying Attention to the Life of the Spirit in Us, It is going out to the desert or to the Mountain to pray It is standing before the Lord with open heart and open mind It is crying out, “Abba, Father!” It is Contemplating the Unspeakable Beauty of God Henry J.M. Nouwen
  • 3. John 6: 30 – 32 30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” 32So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place
  • 4. Quick Points  The World will Turn us into “Care Takers” if they Can.  We must Never Forget that Our Call is to be God’s Man  We Must Beware of the Pride of Life that Frenzied Activities on Behalf of the Church Impose  We Must Be God’s Men & Women  Intimacy with God Must be First and Foremost
  • 5. John Wesley  “O Begin! Fix Some time each day for Prayer and Scriptures. Do it whether you like it or no. It is for your life! Else you will be a trifler all your days”
  • 6. Martin Luther @ the Height of Reformation  “I am so busy that unless I pray more hours every day, I wont get my work done”
  • 7. The Apostles  It is not right for us to leave the ministry of Word and Prayer…  3 Years in the Desert of Arabia
  • 8. A Simple Equation Effectiveness of Private Solitude Intensity of Public Service Effectiveness In Life & Ministry
  • 9. Spirituality of Jesus  He Ministered Within the Context of a Small Community  He Established a Rhythm of Public and Private Time  He Focused on Six Graces Vital To Life & Ministry
  • 10. The Six Graces  Prayer  Fasting  The Lord’s Supper  The Scripture  Spiritual Conversations  Worship