Choosing Paths on the Journey: A Planning Process for Christian Ministries

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Calloway, Annette
Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology
Choosing Paths for the Journey was written to offer the leaders of Christian Communities a way to include all the members of the community in decision-making. This process empowers teams of people, mostly volunteers, to lead ministries by listening to the concerns of the members as the first step of discerning God’s will for them. By combining traditional processes that have been developed in business with theological reflection and prayer, teams are lead to listen to the people they serve while seeking the guidance of the Spirit to discern the ministry’s structure and function. Outlined below are the steps that help a group form and journey together. Although listed in an outline these various functions really form the cycle of life for any effective ministry team.