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An exploration of contemporary spirituality which looks towards a lifestyle integrating body, mind and spirit. A 6-session interactive programme to stimulate a deeper spiritual life, drawing from the teachings of Jesus and the Christian mystics. ‘ … tool for Christian mission’. Could be used over a weekend.
Used hard copies or free to download from www.sharejesusinternational.com/resources/essence/
Enquirers. Adults. Introduction to Christian spirituality. ‘Designed for all who recognise they are on a spiritual journey and who have a desire to travel further on that journey.’
£12.00 average for used hard copies.
Book is ring-bound and easy to use therefore. Photos dated, but good layout. Downloadable version has updated photos and layout.
Very clear and easy to follow
Clear and concise. Helpful icons, shading etc. Good introduction and guidelines. Layout works better in original book rather than download, where some typos have crept in and introductory leaders' guidelines are missing.
A leader with some experience, two additional team recommended. Would need passion for interactive material and willingness to explore different ways of doing things. Large groups possible, with one leader for each set of six people.
No notes or book but journaling recommended and worked-on activities can be taken home.
Straight-forward CD with audio resources for use in sessions, or downloadable files from sharejesusinternational.com
Lots of practical prep for each session, gathering materials and preparing short input sections.
Downloadable version has updated photos and layout.
Extremely well. Mix of individual and group activities, but essentially interaction-based. Even to light massage!
Imaginative mixture of listening, doing, experiencing, sharing, reflection, music, poetry ... would not suit everyone, but cannot be faulted on variety and creativity. Biblical meditation included.
Rich blend of biblical material, reflection and activities. Designed for those longing for more ‘experience' rather than only cerebral knowledge. Would work for mixed ages.
Very well, and homework given.
Interwoven into session in targeted ways, sometimes up to half of the material.
Mixture of biblical perspective on issues, and encouragement to engage with the biblical material in understanding and imaginative reflections.
Always relevant to theme: The journey so far, the journey within, the journey to a better world, the journey to wholeness, the journey to spirituality, the journey to the future.
Not particularly. Very open and relaxed. Ignation-style reflection included.
This is introductory level regarding Christian discipleship, but covers a wide range of psychological approaches to engaging with the God issue. Firmly rooted in Christian understanding. Encourages personal responsibility for spiritual and emotional growth.
Aims to start where people are at, and the multi-experiential approach should provide tools to use into the future. Journaling encouraged.
Aims to introduce participants to the connections between themselves and the God who has made them.
Focus on personal growth so participants' and leaders' input will affect this. Based on how we experience life day to day.
Not a focus, but journey to God idea applies to everyone, so Essence good for this.
Not a focus.
One session focuses entirely on relating well to environmental issues, in partnership.
Not a focus
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