Best practices

  • Ensuring the search team gathering space is conducive to discernment
    • Quiet
    • Comfortable
    • Confidential
    • Bibles and other materials (e.g., candle, journals, art supplies) handy
  • Identifying or creating spiritual touchstones
    • Focal point in the team’s gathering space that serves as a visual reminder of the need not just to be faithful to a process but also to the person of Christ
    • Photos, timeline, notes on newsprint and/or other visuals utilized in congregational identity and direction discussions
    • Reminders of the liturgical season
    • Key scriptures
    • Images
  • Developing a meeting outline that weaves together spiritual disciplines and search tasks
  • Committing to individual spiritual disciplines in addition to corporate ones