We need people to show us “the way.”
We need other disciples to walk with us as we learn how to stand up for ourselves and for our neighbor; to encourage us as we seek a deeper life of prayer; to guide us to see our daily interactions with the mind and heart of Christ. In many businesses, coaching or companioning is a basic leadership practice that helps to cultivate the leader from the inside out. This is the process we will begin this fall as we work to cultivate Spiritual Companions.
More about Spiritual Companioning
On October 1st from 9:00-3:00 pm at Christ Church Cathedral, identified companions from across the diocese are invited to a daylong introduction of what it means to be sent out together. This training aims to build-up leaders within the congregation through regular 1-on-1 meetings. Once they have completed this training they will be invited to begin walking with a person from their community with whom they have been matched (most likely by their rector). They will enter a partnership with this person, providing coaching and companionship as they walk together on this leg of their spiritual journeys.
The trained companions and I will gather two more times, meeting on November 5th and December 3rd for further reflection and discussion on the process. In December, we will evaluate the experience and adapt by region as necessary. As this is a pilot program, there will certainly by much we learn through the process that will result in changes and refinements.
With whom might the companions be partnered?
In addition, I would also ask that each parish or cluster of parishes have a point person with whom I can be in direct contact. This person would help with overseeing the companions, bringing on newly identified individuals as the year unfolds, and reflecting regularly on their experience through four reflection points: seeing, using their own life experience, boundaries and support.
Want to know more?
The Rev. Jennifer Gregg
Missioner for Servant Leadership
Monday-Friday from 9:00-5:00 pm call 215-740-3726.