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Balanced Spirituality?

19 January, 2004 10:03 AM

Yesterdays session at Soul Survivor went pretty well. We had a group of about 50 young adults there and they seemed to really enter into the process. The approach I took was to challenge them to do a 'Spiritual Fitness Test' using the 3 Journeys of faith as a framework.

When I do this topic I generally get people to move to different sections of the room (or tent as it was yesterday) to represent which is their strongest and weakest journey. The results have always been the same on each occasion I've done it. The weakest journey is always the 'Outer Journey'. The strongest one is always the 'Inner Journey'. The 'Together Journey' is usually pretty strong. Of course there are usually individuals who are strong in each one, but overall that is the trend I've observed and it was the case again yesterday with 75% identifying the 'Outer Journey' as their weakest link.

I wonder why the 'Outer Journey' of Mission, Service and Justice is one which so many people are uncomfortable in? Are we lazy? Are we paralyzed by fear? Have we forgotten the 'great commission'? Are we too busy? Is it not being preached about? Are we too selfish? Are we too comfortable? Have we lost the skill of talking to the unchurched about faith? Do we have any unchurched friends? Are we too insular?

What is going on? I don't think the church in the west has much of a future unless we ask and answer some of these questions.



I'm glad I'm not the only one whose outer walk is the weakest. In my case its because I'm selfish and too tired from everything else I do (is that lazy?). I wonder if we all think our "outer journey/walk" has to be in as a volunteer in a homeless shelter talking about God...maybe our outer journey is all the stuff we do that isn't "inner". If that were the case, I'd still be weakest there because I don't always live out or speak out about God/Christ then either. I'm afraid I'll do it wrong and end up turing people away instead of drawing them towards God.

Kelly » 20 January, 2004 2:46 AM

I really enjoyed your session at soul survivor, thanks for all the work you put in. It has been great to look into the resources you and others have suggested.

» 24 January, 2004 9:16 PM

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