Spiritual Direction and the Metamorphosis of Church

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Wesley's Foundery Books
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.44 inches | 0.63 pounds

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About the Author
Rev. Dr. Brenda Buckwell is a thoughtful innovator who increases leadership excellence and deepens awareness of the God through preaching, spiritual direction, coaching, retreat leadership, and education. A United Methodist endorsed spiritual director and coach, Brenda is founder of Living Streams Flowing Water ministry. She teaches spiritual formation, prayer, and spiritual direction at Ashland and Garrett-Evangelical Seminaries. She is part of the teaching team for CenterQuest and Coaching 4 Clergy, author of The Advent of God's Word. Brenda is co-founder of The Fellowship of United Methodist Spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders (Hearts on Fire) and an Associate of Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Directors International. She is also an elder in the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church.

"In this richly textured book, Brenda Buckwell identifies historic practices of spiritual direction and weaves them thoughtfully into the fabric of the Christian community. She employs the metaphor of the butterfly's transformation-moving from egg to chrysalis to beautiful flight-as a developmental vision of a loving and grace-filled life with God. Buckwell provides a practical and profoundly relevant guide to spiritual development that enables the church to soar." -Dr. Paul W. Chilcote, United Methodist theologian and historian

"How do we birth authentic community in our churches? In this book, Brenda Buckwell breathes new life into spiritual formation, expanding the frame to include congregational transformation, along with personal and small group spiritual direction. In her easy to read, creative style she tenderly guides this process with practical tools and stories. It is the perfect resource for this liminal time as we form new ways of being church." -Kay Lindahl, CPP, author of The Sacred Art of Listening and Practicing the Sacred Art of Listening

"The author's commitment and passion for the formative life of the church is contagious that I hope the contagion spreads to congregations all over. This is practical tool assembled for us by a seasoned spiritual director. Brenda gifts the wide spectrum of the Body of Christ with this labor of love, and we are remiss if we fail to receive it with an open heart and mind." -Wil Hernandez, PhD, Obl, OSB, Executive Director of CenterQuest and author of Nouwen Trilogy

"This book is a step in the right direction. The spiritual growth and guidance of the local congregation is far too often poorly understood by those who train our pastors and those who oversee the local church. We need to understand more about the spiritual life of the faith community-because every congregation has a "soul" and a unique place in the larger body of Christ. We need to understand how to nurture the spiritual growth of our spiritual leaders-both lay and clergy. Spiritual Direction and the Metamorphosis of Church brings research, experience, and insight to help meet this need." -Tom Albin, Director of Spiritual Formation & Congregational Life, The Upper Room