Making Decisions

by Beth A Richardson on May 14, 2012 · 30 comments

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Making decisions in life can be a challenge. The Christian community can be a source of helping you hear God’s voice in your ordinary or difficult decisions. One spiritual discipline that helps with discernment is from the Quaker tradition. It’s called a Clearness Committee.

The Quaker Clearness Committee is a small group that is called together to assist a person who is seeking the Holy Spirit’s direction. In this process of discernment, the participants listen for God who is speaking through each person present. If the participants are hearing the Spirit’s leadings, there is a common direction that is discerned. As the leadings begin to coalesce around a certain direction, participants can have more confidence that it is a direction that leads us deeper into God’s will.

You can use the more extended process described in the Going Deeper description of the Clearness Committee. Or try a shortened process with no more than 3-4 people. Form a Clearness Committee with your friends, at your workplace, or within a small group at church.

Going Deeper: The Clearness Committee

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Marian March 17, 2014 at 7:42 am

Last year I facilitated a group of 6 through the communal discernment process. We used the Companions in Christ book, ” The Way Of Discernment” by Marjory Thompson and Stephen Doughty.
It was a profound help to our spiritual formation. I believe we found a new confidence in lovingly caring for one another and a new understanding of a loving God and how to hear Gods longing for our lives.
Presently Im doing a one on one discernment process using the workbook ,”Living into the Answers”, by Valerie Isenhower and Judith Todd from Upper Room Books. It also is a useful tool .
I feel it could be used by individuals and then come together once a week to share and help each person as they move forward .
There are several practices (disciplines) in our faith that may help believers in their spiritual formation. I believe we can pull them out , dust them off and find they are ageless in a closer walk
With or God

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