|Myth in Congregational Spirituality
|Beyond the Ordinary: Spirituality for Church Leaders, Ben C Johnson & Andrew Dreitcer
|By: Linnea Nilsen Capshaw
|“If a leader is to be effective in developing a spiritual congregation, he or she must first learn about the myth that has given shape to that particular church…. Answers to the following questions will provide the kinds of information needed to discern the myth:
• Why did this church begin? How do you see the hand of God in its beginning?
By listening carefully to the stories that emerge in response to these questions, leaders can create a time line of significant events and thus begin to construct the congregation’s myth. It is important to talk with a large number of congregants to fill in the blanks of the story.
Leaders are of course interested in the spirituality of their congregation, and so will inquire about and give particular attention to the image of God contained in the myth…. Leaders will also want to consider rather carefully how the members perceive their relationship with God.”