Spiritual Companioning: A Cornerstone Community Retreat

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Nilles, Elizabeth Ann
Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology
The issue is now clear: how does one continue to encourage adult faith development in a small faith community in the midst of major life changes. In light of this perceived issue, one appropriate response is to continue to encourage the individual relationships among members of the community by providing a forum for spiritual and faith development. Establishing a spiritual companionship program is one such way of accomplishing this task. A spiritual companionship forum will allow the individuals to share their stories and journey with a particular, special person other than their spouse. It will provide a space and time for this sacred gathering. In addition, the community will be strengthened because the individual relationships will be strengthened. Members will have the opportunity to bond with others individually rather than merely as part of a couple.