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Spiritual Development Plan
Since Christians have been incorporated into body of Christ, and are members of one another (I Cor 12:12-27), individual spiritual development must be viewed as part and parcel of development with others. Therefore, this spiritual development plan consists of a community, as as well as an individual, orientation toward spiritual development.
In essence, spiritual development is understood as responding to God=s call, being directed by His Word, being nourished through personal and community considerations, and expressed in service to others. Spiritual development is nourished through personal and community prayer and participation. It enhances both individual and community life. Spiritual development may occur on a two-fold axis:
I In-Reach - Concrete plans for identifying and developing beliefs
A. Scripture Readings - both alone and with others
B. Devotions - reading books or articles on the subject and thoughts from others
C. Quiet Times - for reflection and contemplation
D. Refreshments and Fellowship - leisure and eating/drinking
E. Physical health activities - exercises, nutritional awareness
F. Study the theology of other denominations
G. Stewardship awareness - Is it really necessary? What are its drawbacks?
H. Write spiritual autobiography and share with others - list of struggles & successes,
how these occurred, what was learned from them, etc.
I. Study personality or temperament styles (sanguine, melancholy, choleric, and phlegmatic) and how each style affects spiritual development
II Out-Reach - Concrete plans for translating beliefs into behaviors
A. Developing mission activities and ministries in/to the community:
4. Dropouts (Christians who were once>active= but now >passive=)
B. Delineate contributions the community makes to the life of individuals
C. Define both potentials and limitations of community interventions
D. Detachment for relaxation and casual interactions with others - establishing
common interests, developing rapport, etc.
E. Discuss with others the ways personality or temperament styles affect one=s
F. Deliver counseling for those so interested - or referrals, if necessary
In order to make this spiritual development plan pragmatic, its implementation should be followed on a quarterly basis. At the end of each quarter, assessment of its effectiveness should occur. The following represent suggested criteria which may be used in the assessment process:
1. What things about this plan have upset me the most?
2. What things about this plan have been most beneficial to me and others?
3. What degree of motivation contributed to my involvement: 1 (High) - 2 - 3 (Low)
4. What made me most want to quit?
5. What have others communicated to me about this plan?
6. Did we have satisfactory reinforcements throughout this plan?
7. Has this increased my awareness of the importance of others in my life and in my
relationship with God?
8. How faithful was I in heartfelt ministry to others?
9. Has my love for God and others become measurably demonstrated in my actions?
How? Why or why not?
10. What changes or adaptations to this plan could improve life for both me and the
This plan for spiritual development may be useful for self and in leading others to grow
in their spiritual relationship with God.
Dr. Morris Murray, Jr.
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