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Many Gifts, One Spirit: from Pastor Holly
Sometimes, helpful resources from the past seem to fall out of books and notebooks on my shelves when I’m looking for something else. This week, I found a page titled “Description of Spirituality Types,” excerpted from Listening to God, by John Ackerman. Where do you find yourself among these 4? Is this a topic you’d like to explore in a future study/spirituality group? 1. Thinking (head) Spirituality: … favors sermons, lectures and studies. Content is important, and a coherent way of thinking about God and things of the Spirit is important. They may feel intellectually challenged by good information and spend much time thinking about how it relates to God. 2. Feeling (heart) Spirituality: These people want to know God with their feelings…. The presence of God is felt; there is a movement of the heart. They may tell stories of God in their lives,… and want others to experience the same joy and delight in God that they do. 3. Being (mystic) Spirituality: These people… easily find God just by being with God… They may talk about listening to God or wondering at creation or delighting in another person…. They may experience God in meditation and silence. 4. Doing (kingdom) Spirituality: These … do things for the kingdom. They have a passion for transforming society, for social justice, or for individual acts of compassion…. They find God when they help, serve, do.
And, what’s great about these descriptions is… there is no one right answer. God speaks to us in different ways, and the varieties of experience and differing gifts, are what builds up and enriches the Body of Christ!