So often we equate the spiritual practice of worship with the hour-long worship service we attend each week (or each month). But what happens when we no longer consider worship something we do, but a way we live? When we break the concept of worship outside the walls of a sanctuary, we find new energy for living a "Godward" life, a life of turning toward God for guidance moment by moment, day by day. Such a life is fuel for genuine worship. Living a Godward life opens us up to God's transforming love and enables us to engage in practices of worship in locations and situations we never dreamed of before.
This is one of series of eight books. Each book in this series introduces a spiritual practice, suggests way of living the practice daily, and provides opportunities to grow personally and in a faith community with others who engage with the practice. Each book consists of an introduction and four chapters and includes questions for personal reflection and group discussion.
Other disciplines studied: Celebration, Confession, Discernment, Neighboring, Prayer, Simplicity, and Study.
About the Author
Heath is the author of numerous books and articles, the most recent of which is Healing the Wounds of Sexual Abuse: Reading the Bible with Survivors (2019), a republication with updates of a previous volume: We Were the Least of These: Reading the Bible with Survivors of Sexual Abuse (2011). She also recently served as general editor of the Holy Living series, eight volumes each of which focuses on a particular spiritual practice. Within that series, she authored Holy Living: Celebration. Her other publications include Five Means of Grace: Experience God's Love the Wesleyan Way (2017), The Mystic Way of Evangelism, Revised and Updated 2nd Edition (2017), God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church (2016), Missional. Monastic. Mainline (co-authored with Larry Duggins, 2014), Longing for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Communities (co-authored with Scott Kisker, 2010), and Naked Faith: The Mystical Theology of Phoebe Palmer (2009).
Heath's vocational journey includes having served as Dean of the Divinity School at Duke University, and the McCreless Professor of Evangelism at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. She is a pioneer in new forms of theological education. In that capacity Heath is co-founder of the Missional Wisdom Foundation, a non-profit educational organization that equips clergy and laity to develop diverse forms of Christian community and social enterprise. Most recently she co-founded Neighborhood Seminary, a contextualized model of missional theological education for laity. Heath is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and served in pastoral ministry prior to her academic ministry. She lives with her husband at Spring Forest, an intentional Christian Community and farm in rural North Carolina where she serves as Abbess.
Matthew E. Johnson is a contemplative pilgrim walking the spiritual path. His primary calling is to the practice of spiritual direction, helping others listen for God’s guidance in their lives. This calling shapes the rest of his work.
He is a co-founder and Neighborhood Animator for the Neighboring Movement www.NeighboringMovement.org a non-profit organization focused on discovering and connecting the gifts and assets of their neighborhood in Wichita, KS. He also serves as as the Director of Spiritual Formation for the Missional Wisdom Foundation. And he also serves as an adjunct professor at Friends University in the field of Christian Spiritual Formation.
Matthew has written small group guides for the Apprentice Series of books (The Good and Beautiful God, The Good and Beautiful Life, and The Good and Beautiful Community) as well as James Bryan Smith’s newest books, The Magnificent Story and The Magnificent Journey. Prior to working with the Neighboring Movement, Matthew served at the Andover United Methodist Church, in Andover, Kansas as the assistant minister for 15 years.
Matthew loves music and plays several instruments, often while sitting out in the front yard. One of his favorite activities is asking great questions to discover who people are and how their passions can help shape their life. He and his wife, Catherine live in the SoCe Neighborhood of Wichita, Kansas. Together they hiked the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile spiritual pilgrimage across Spain.
Table of Contents
Broadening Worship 11
How Worship Forms Us 41
Worship and Revealing God's Kingdom in the World 69
Worship in Unexpected Places 99