- 1 year ago
Church traditions, regardless of whether than have a clear denominational affiliation (e.g., the Presbyterians, Lutherans, Baptists...) not, tend to have a set of "disciplines" they believe are most critical to making progress towards maturity and are often unaware that there are other schools of thought.
Turn up at one congregation and there will be emphasis galore on Bible study, journaling and intercessory prayer. Turn up at another and there will be much excitement about silent retreats or meditation. During seasons of Lent or Advent a group may decide to dedicate themselves to fasting or to simplicity or service... (As you may know, a flood of books on "spiritual disciplines" has been released upon the Protestant world in recent decades - most of them written as though these practices are newly discovered in the late 20th century...ugh...)
While each of these practices (from Bible study to silent retreat to fasting) can be beneficial, one size does not fit all, and certainly no