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Quest for Spiritual Community: Reclaiming Spiritual Guidance for Contemporary Congregations (Hardback)
  • Quest for Spiritual Community: Reclaiming Spiritual Guidance for Contemporary Congregations (Hardback)

Quest for Spiritual Community: Reclaiming Spiritual Guidance for Contemporary Congregations (Hardback)

Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 25/04/2011
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This title is a guide to how to revitalize ancient spiritual practices for the life of the local church. Many churches recognize the importance of the genuine spiritual hunger in our time and are attempting to bridge the gulf between traditional religious institutions and the contemporary spiritual quest by revitalizing and retooling ancient spiritual practices. This book suggests that it is possible to relish the spiritual quest while honoring tradition and theological inquiry through practices such as spiritual guidance. It presents a sociological analysis of contemporary spirituality, case studies of congregations with spiritual guidance ministries, and reflection on historical practices and Protestant theological roots to explore the strengths and pitfalls of nurturing the contemporary spiritual quest in the average congregation. The resulting vision for congregation-based spiritual guidance incorporates practices that attend to person, community, and mission.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567190192
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 458 g
Dimensions: 228 x 153 x 23 mm

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