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Pathways in Christian Spirituality

On Sunday night we discussed the idea of “Pathways” in Christian Spirituality. Most simply, this is the idea that there is no one Christian spirituality for everyone, but everyone’s unique temperaments and abilities are realized in different ways. Beyond a common core of experience, not everyone grows, experiences God, or finds fulfillment in the same manner.

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As a church we should aim to realize all Christian potentials. We’re not suggesting that any person is excluded from the common responsibilities of each area: we all have to about God, whether or not we think we’re ‘Intellectual’; we all have to help people whether or not that’s our main thing. But we do want to invite everyone to explore and develop their life to the fullest by trying what challenges them and doesn’t come naturally.

  • Activist – Mission, Justice, Opportunity, Aid + Development
  • Aesthetic – Tactile Senses, Nature, Beauty + Craftsmanship, Romance
  • Creative – Artistry, Innovation, Communication, Entrepreneurship
  • Experiential – Charismatic, Ascetic, Mystical, Spiritual Disciplines
  • Intellectual – History, Theology, Inquiry, Problem-Solving
  • Reflective – Contemplation, Meditation, Solitude, Wonder
  • Relational – Community, Family, Hospitality, Counseling
  • Serving – Care-giving, Administration, Practical Help
  • Worship – Celebration, Expression, Devotion, Liturgy

This may not be the full spectrum, or the best way of organizing it. But hopefully it illustrates the range of experience that we want to foster in our community.

Nigel.