Many of us cruise through life at such a high rate of speed that we are oblivious to much of what is happening to us internally or to those we love. The sabbatical experience provides a Christian leader with a wonderful opportunity to take extended time to review their life journey. Many have found that the review has a way of anchoring them to a deeper reality. What follows are twenty five questions to help prime the pump. Read through the list and select a handful of interesting questions to get you started.
What do you think are the key components involved in a person’s spiritual development?
What have you been learning about God over the past 6 months?
What practices help you grow in relationship with God?
Put a mark on the continuum that best describes your current level of intimacy with God.
Briefly describe why you placed a mark where you did.
What effect has your role on staff with InterVarsity had on your:
- Spiritual Development
- Intimacy with God
- Practice of Spiritual Disciplines
Where is the place of most needed growth in your life with God?
What have you tried?
What would you say are some of the primary qualities of healthy personal relationships?
List the categories of personal relationship in your life, e.g., family, students, opposite sex,etc.
Put a number (1-10 scale, 1=unhealthy; 10=healthy) next to each category you listed above indicating the degree of health you think exists in each area of relationship.
Where is the place of most needed growth in your personal relationships?
What have you tried?
How would you describe your current stage of life?
What are your longings?
Where are you content?
Which areas need attention in order for your life to work better? (e.g. physical, financial, emotional, etc.)
Who are your current mentors and how do they influence you?
Describe the current state of your call:
- To students
- To full-time ministry
- To InterVarsity
What are some of the key markers/turning points on your “call journey”?
Read the following list and circle areas where you would like greater pastoral input.
Places of personal and relational conflict
Single status or Marriage relationship
Relationship with children
Conflicts with your job description and gifts
Pain and Suffering
Hearing and responding to God
Making sense of your spiritual life and journey
Struggles with authority
Being more thankful
Death of friends and loved ones
Doubting your faith
Areas of repeated temptation/sin
Relationship with supervisor
Relationship with other staff or staff team
Class and status issues
What context and setting would best suit you to address the areas you have chosen?
…e.g. conference, 1-1, local staff team, retreat, etc.
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