The art and praxis of spiritual direction as a pastoral approach for leading Reformed congregations

Full Title
The art and praxis of spiritual direction as a pastoral approach for leading Reformed congregations
Author
Kenton W Smith
Abstract
Presbyterian pastors trained in spiritual direction try to integrate spiritual practices--silence, discernment, meditative prayer--into their leadership role. Pastor-spiritual directors, elders, and scholars in spirituality were interviewed. The author explored his congregation's historical and sociological setting. His findings indicate a disconnection between reason and spirituality. Spiritual direction is emerging in a church crisis of spiritual decline. For historical perspective, he turned to John Calvin, Karl Rahner, and Howard Thurman. Additional insights came from biblical study, spiritual theologians, and contemporary church leaders. He concluded the Reformed church lacks a "practical spirituality" and proposed a spiritual direction approach to pastoral leadership.
Degree Granting Institution
Advisor
Susan S Phillips
Language
English
Date
2011
Number of Pages
237