The Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and the Enneagram are two well-established resources and tools for individuals and professionals to use when assessing and explaining personality issues. These two resources have been added to our mentoring page so you can both learn more about your personality type and to discover it if you have not done so already.
It is coming to that time of the year when people considering entering into Spiritual Director training need to make application if they want to join the SGM (NZ) two year programme.
Barbara McMillan of Auckland is the current Coordinator of the Programme. She advises that CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS for the 2013/2014 Programme is AUGUST 20th 2012, although late applications may be considered.
So who is the Programme for?
If you :
I did this Programme in 200-2001 and benefited greatly from both the more academic as well as the practical foci. I'd be very happy to talk with you about my experience both during the two year course and subsequently.
The SGM website has more information you need to make an informed decision about whether it is right and timely for you to consider applying. Check here: http://sgm.org.nz/sd_formation_prog.htm
Daffodils at Gladstone
Spiritual Growth Ministries Wellington's events calendar now has a link from iCare Resources so our visitors can access the wide range of contemplative spirituality events SGM facilitates.
We can assist you to promote your contemplative spirituality event by helping you place it on this calendar and to use its associated resources.
A New Verse of the Day appears
on the Home Page Each Day
The heart of caring for others is listening to them. I was just tonight lamenting to a friend that in the church (and in society) we have tended to back off educating and encouraging people to listen.
As you know - see below - some of us have this week been involved in a Week of Guided Prayer. I was one of the prayer guides and our work has been to actively listen to the people we have walked with, before it has been anything else.
As my friend in our conversation noted, when people have someone who will listen to them a number of the issues people have are resolved. Getting it out of the head space into the conversation space and tossing it around makes such a difference.
It's even there in Scripture as today's verse indicates... 'be quick to listen....' is the counsel of James.
The wonderful thing is that listening does not require highly developed skills. As the verse notes being, 'slow to speak' will do it! Some basic training that helps people to lay aside their agenda for the sake of others; how to actively listen and give affirming feedback; resisting giving advice; being encouraged to check later that any intentions or resolves were helpful; and a few practice role plays; can easily be the basis of a two or three session training that will help create better listeners.
Why do we resist listening when it is such a helpful discipline?
For what am I most grateful?
For what am I least grateful?
'Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life' by Dennis Linn
is one of the resources accessible via our Contemplative Prayer page on this website.
You'll also find on this page five (PDF) prayer leaflets authored by Sue Pickering when she was a trainer with Spiritual Growth Ministries. One of these leaflets is about the 'Examen' which refers to 'Sleeping with Bread'.
A preface to this book on Amazon notes, "If you were to join us in either of our homes at the end of almost any evening, or if you were to attend one of our retreats, we would invite you to do with us the process described in these pages. This book is about asking ourselves two questions: For what am I most grateful? For what am I least grateful? These questions help us identify moments of consolation and desolation. We call this process the examen."
Examen is one of the contemplative prayer forms some us have been working with during our Week of Guided Prayer Retreat at Island Bay.
Terry from iCare offers a FREE 45 minute personal introduction to our mentoring, ministry, pastoral and counselling services.
This will assist you to get a better understanding of what iCare can offer you in the area you need support.
It will help Terry to better understand your situation and whether an iCare service or resource can assist you. It may be that he will suggest referral to another person or agency who may be better able to assist you.
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