William Charles McGraw
The author developed and led two spiritual growth groups--one for clergy and one for laity--which lasted eight months. The purpose was to introduce the literature about prayer, to facilitate discussion about prayer, and to nurture individual spiritual growth. This paper includes a discussion of prayer in life, a survey of literature, description and evaluation of the two groups, theological reflections, and includes outlines of the sessions, a prayer worksheet, and an evaluation form for spiritual growth groups. The conclusion states that structural, intentional guidance in prayer is necessary in ministerial training and in the life of all Christians.