How do churches, and disciples, make decisions? How do we hear the voice of God and discern his will? Discernment is a mode of discipleship, but discernment is best done as part of a community of faith.
In this conversation, Jeremy and Steven talk about why discernment is important, and share thoughts around how discernment was done through community, prayer, shared experience, worship, and scripture in Acts.
This is part one of a two part conversation. In part two, we will talk about how churches and disciples today can practice good, healthy spiritual discernment in community.
In this conversation, we tackle the question of how to do discipleship in the digital times we find ourselves in, as churches continue to discern best practices that allow them to gather together in safe ways while practicing social distancing.
The conversation is wide-ranging, and we discuss pros and cons of digital discipleship, the necessity of community for discipleship, and how churches of all sizes can better focus on discipleship.
This is part two of a conversation we began on prayer. In the first part, we discussed our personal journeys in prayer and gave some tips on how a person could immediately become more prayerful in their lives.
In this second part, we discuss how some of our churches fall short in shaping and forming robust habits of prayer, and we share some thoughts that could help churches build a strong foundation of prayer that shapes a healthy practice of prayer.
The first part of this conversation is here: Conversation #2: Our Journeys in Prayer.
The Globe and Mail article we referenced is here.
Prayer is a mystery to many of us -- a mystery in that it's something we often don't understand, and a holy mystery in that it somehow draws us closer to God, even if we don't understand how. In this podcast episode, Steven Carrizal and I share our personal journeys in prayer and talk about simple ways people and families can grow in prayer practices.
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Is Christianity a meeting, a way to get from point A (earth) to point B (heaven) and not point C (hell), or a way of life? Drawing from Brian McLaren's article, Emerging Values (Leadership Journal, Summer 2003, Vol. 24 #3), Jeremy and Steven discuss Christianity as a way of life -- in Christ, we are becoming something new.
Jeremy Hoover makes disciples in Sarnia, Ontario. He also provides personal growth, wisdom, and insight coaching, as well as coaching for church leaders.