Revolutionize your congregation’s faith life by exploring spiritual practices.
Using distinctive practices of faith — such as “Keeping Sabbath” and “Playing and Living Joyfully” — Faith Practices is designed to invigorate worship, service and education in a congregation. Faith Practices‘ non-linear activities-based approach can be used with a wide variety of age groups or church settings. The role of the leader using Faith Practices is not to be an expert but to be a pilgrim guide, exploring spiritual practices alongside participants.
Practices in the Curriculum
Faith Practices is designed to be a “living curriculum” that can be used as a whole set or as individual components, exploring each spiritual practice through scripture, art and music, justice-focused service, discipleship conversations, and more. The twelve practices are:
- Giving and Receiving Hospitality
- Living Stewardship
- Praying and Making Ritual
- Playing and Living Joyfully
- Keeping Sabbath
- Giving Testimony and Witness
- Encountering Scripture
- Working for Justice
- Experiencing Beauty
- Discovering Gifts of Ministry
- Honoring the Body
- Blessing and Letting Go
Imagine: 12 spiritual practices. 12 age/focus groups. 100s of activities. What might your congregation do with such a resource?
Ways to Introduce Faith Practices
There are many fantastic ways to make Faith Practices work in your community. Think outside the box – there’s no wrong way!
- Invite all those interested to meet at a coffee shop or café to engage Daily Life with the twelve practices.
- Have your leadership choose a spiritual practice to engage together for one year.
- Use prayers and other worship ideas to inspire choir practices, mission activities, youth group gatherings, church workdays, and more.
- Compile activity suggestions for use at home, and share them with every household in your community.
- Use the “Living Stewardship” materials for a year to engage stewardship holistically and creatively as a faith community.
- Pick a practice and use that resource to plan an all-church retreat or annual meeting.
- Use the Scriptures from Faith Practices to plan Bible study sessions … for a group and/or for yourself.