New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Leading a Life with God

The Practice of Spiritual Leadership

Daniel Wolpert • August 2006

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A group of people who pray together can change the world.

A community's deepening prayer life depends on an effective spiritual leader. Many are willing to assume this role, but some aspiring guides have trouble making the transition from an individual practice to leading a group. Wolpert demonstrates how personal devotion can evolve into leadership practice.

Bestselling spiritual leadership books "provide insights from secular leadership disciplines and then add a paragraph about how these disciplines should be 'led by the Spirit,'" writes Wolpert. "I have yet to find a resource describing in depth how to be led by the Spirit. Such is the purpose of this volume."

Leading a Life with God grew out of Wolpert's previous book, Creating a Life with God, which focuses on different prayer practices and how individuals can integrate them into their personal devotions. Like his previous title, Leading a Life with God focuses on forms of prayer that offer ways to discern God's calling and introduces you to historical figures who best illuminate each practice. These include:

  • the Jesus Prayer
  • the examen
  • contemplative prayer
  • praying the Bible
  • praying among nature
  • creativity as prayer

Make prayer an effective component of your congregation's spiritual life and ministry. As Wolpert concludes, "The spiritual life is way too precious to keep to ourselves but rather is a banquet to be shared."

Leading a Life with God contains detailed appendix material, including "A Step-by-Step Guide to the Prayer Practices" and "A Retreat Model."

Daniel Wolpert, a healer and student of the spiritual life, has taught and led retreats in the fields of psychology and spiritual formation in numerous settings over the past 30 years. Cofounder and executive director of the Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing (www.micahprays.org), spiritual director at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, and a Presbyterian pastor, he is also the author of Leading a Life with God: The Practice of Spiritual Leadership, Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices, coauthor of Meeting God in Virtual Reality, and most recently The Collapse of the Three Story Universe: Christianity in an Age of Science (MICAH, 2013).

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1003-6

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1245-0

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1246-7

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: August 2006

Trim Size: 5.375 in (w) x 8.375 in (h) x 0.432 in (d)

Page Count: 192

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Pastoral Resources

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