Sacred Pathways

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

If we are wanting to develop life-long disciples then it is important to understand that people connect with God in different ways. So often we have these default answers to how people should connect with God, but it is not how all people are wired. Heck, it is not how we are wired, but it is the advice we receive and so we do our best.

Sacred Pathways explores 9 styles of connection with God. As with all styles, people are often a mixture of a few. The better you understand the styles, the better you can lead people to find their primary way of connecting. A quick summary of each style is below.

Naturalist - people who connect with God best through the outdoors and nature, being in creation helps them connect with the Creator.

Sensates - people who love and connect with God through their senses. Sounds, smells, beauty/visuals, taste and touch. Things like beautiful art or architecture, the smells of incense etc.

Traditionalists - people who connect with God through tradition, ritual and symbols.

Ascetics - people who find God through solitude and simplicity.

Activists - people who love and connect with God through confronting injustice and unrighteousness.

Caregivers - people who connect best with God when they are loving and serving others

Enthusiasts - people who love and connect with God through mystery and celebration. They like excitement and awe in their worship.

Contemplatives - people who love God through adoration. They seek to lovingly gaze into God's face and be caught up in the enjoyment of a lover's experience.

Intellectuals - people who find connection through their mind. A stimulated mind that grasps something new about God unleashes these people's worship and love.

 

Those are very brief summaries, and examples of each can be found through the Bible. I encourage you to read and guide your youth so they can learn to connect with God in ways that are meaningful to them.

You can find the book at:

  • Amazon
  • Book Depository
  • Your local library may have it (Auckland libraries have the physical book, the ebook and the audio book formats)

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