9. SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES
"He who teaches the Word must himself live in conscious, hourly communion with God through prayer and a study of His Word, for here is the source of strength. Communion with God will impart to the minister's efforts a power greater than the influence of his preaching. Of this power he must not allow himself to be deprived. With an earnestness that cannot be denied, he must plead with God to strengthen and fortify him for duty and trial, and to touch his lips with living fire."
a. Principle Focus (review)
Spiritual disciplines--consistent and focused training and exercise in such areas as Bible study, prayer, service, stewardship, witnessing, etc., that results in an acceleration and improvement in spiritual learning and vitality.
b. Scriptural Foundation (study)
Romans 12 outlines the basis for a life of spiritual disciplines. In this chapter scores of powerful principles identify the what, why, and how of spiritual formation in the minister's life.
c. Behavior Outcomes (model)
d. Personal Assessment (evaluate)
How satisfied am I with the development of this characteristic in my ministry? (Circle one.)
e. Action Plan (implement)
What will I do to increase my effectiveness in this area? (Write your intentions.)
"Lord, as the hart pants after the brook, so my soul longs for a deeper walk with You. Yet it is no secret that my thirst for righteousness and communion with You will only be realized through a life of active spiritual disciplines. I will not and cannot be at one with You unless I do this. Please help me to be diligent and aggressive in this vital area."