Everything in the pastor’s life flows from and is dependent upon the spiritual condition of the heart. It is vital to maintain and grow in the love of God and others at the core of one’s being. Nurturing a vibrant spiritual life comes through practicing a variety of means of grace such as a life of prayer, reflection on Scripture, fasting, personal retreats, confession, spiritual direction, and Sabbath practice to name a few. All of this occurs within the context of God’s enabling grace.
LIving God’s Love: An Invitation to Christian Spirituality
Gary helps orient us to a relationship with God that starts and flows from God’s unconditional love for us.
Surrender to Love: Discovering the Heart of Chrstian Spirituality
This little book pulls us back to the central reality that many of us have either forgotten or never fully realized: God loves us. Everything else emerges and flows from that truth.
Dallas Willard Center
Westmont College Developing and supporting a new generation of thought leaders who experience and articulate an interactive relationship with Jesus Christ.
Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth
Richard J. Foster
What has now become a “classic” introduction to the various spiritual disciplines.
Sacred Rhythms: Arranging our Lives for Spiritual Transformation
Ruth Haley Barton
An engaging writer who helps focus on developing intimacy with God through classic disciplines. Practical reflective questions and a guide to developing a daily office tailored to the individual.
Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices that Transform Us
An overview of many spiritual practices and great ways to implement them into our lives. It is indeed a “handbook.”
Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading
Eugene H. Peterson
Peterson presents a very thoughtful book on slowing down our reading to reflect better and to listen for the voice of God.
Celebrating every time a disciple makes a disciple and the church multiplies itself until there is a transforming presence in every zip code.
Rhythms of Grace
Linda Gist is the director of Rhythms of Grace an encounter where pastors receive a taste of deeper intimacy with God through vision casting, hands-on experiences and Christian community. Second, facilitating on-going spiritual formation small groups with local pastors. Check out the Encounter information on the Events page.
24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life
Sleeth presents a strong case and guide for reclaiming God’s design for sabbath practice.
THe Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
One of the best contemporary books on prayer.
The Power of Prayer: One-Minute Devotions
Edward M. Bounds
An inspirational classic. A book that inspires you to pray and realize how God uses your prayers to change the world.
One of the best modern treatments of prayer. Foster identifies many types of prayer approaches and writes in an engaging style.
Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God
A thoughtful book that identifies ways to cultivate a deeper life of conversation with God grounded in Scripture.
A Pastor Trusts the Wonderful Conselor in His Dark Knight
An article on Henri Nouwen’s experience with the dark night of the soul (article)
Seven Things I Hate About Spiritual Formation
A brief, clear article that identifies the central concern of spiritual formation (article)
Invitation to Solitude and Silence
Ruth Haley Barton
This book is an invitation to you to meet God deeply and fully outside the demands and noise of daily life. It is an invitation to solitude and silence.
Reframing your Ministry
Anthody J. Headley
Headley offers a model for ministry that takes into account the humanity of the pastor.