- Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
- Spiritual Rhythm by Mark Buchanan
Scripture and followers of Christ across the centuries point to a number of spiritual practices that help nurture the heart, will and mind on the pathway of discipleship. At Southview, we emphasize five of these as “Core Practices.” These five practices are how we seek to grow as disciples who are learning from Jesus to know the Father’s voice, follow in obedience, and teach others to do the same by the power of the Spirit.
There are many different ways to live and engage with these practices; therefore, it is important to be mindful of the spiritual seasons we find ourselves in. One particular method of reading scripture, for example, that, at one time, bore fruit may be feeling a bit lifeless for you now. That’s okay. These changes are invitations to explore new ways of engaging; the Christian tradition is abounding with practices, methods and expressions that are well-suited to whatever season you may find yourself in.
These practices and their resources are not an exhaustive list nor a complete picture of discipleship, but they are helpful tools that can point us towards a next step, and remind us that growing in our relationship with Jesus is the heart of our gatherings, ministries, and life.