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Quest for Spiritual Community: Reclaiming Spiritual Guidance for Contemporary Congregations
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Quest for Spiritual Community: Reclaiming Spiritual Guidance for Contemporary Congregations


T&T Clark 2011

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Many churches recognize the importance of the genuine spiritual hunger in our time and are attempting to bridge the gulf between traditional religious institutions and the contemporary spiritual quest by revitalizing and retooling ancient spiritual practices. This book suggests that it is possible to relish the spiritual quest while honoring tradition and theological inquiry through practices such as spiritual guidance. It presents a sociological analysis of contemporary spirituality, case studies of congregations with spiritual guidance ministries, and reflection on historical practices and Protestant theological roots to explore the strengths and pitfalls of nurturing the contemporary spiritual quest in the average congregation. The resulting vision for congregation-based spiritual guidance incorporates practices that attend to person, community, and mission.

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Key Features

  • Provides a sociological analysis of contemporary spirituality
  • Discusses new ways to balance spiritual quests while still honoring tradition
  • Presents a vision for congregation-based spiritual guidance


  • Spiritual Communities in a Culture of Individuals: Understanding the Contemporary Spiritual Quest
  • Hearing their Stories: Congregations that Practice Spiritual Guidance
  • Looking over their Shoulders: Exemplary Soul Care in Scripture and History
  • The Improvising Church: Spiritual Guidance in Protestant Theology and Practice
  • Relationships that Form: Toward a Congregation-Based Model for Spiritual Guidance

Praise for the Print Edition

Reed’s continual integration of the real-life experiences of the participants in congregational spiritual guidance helped make the text more personal . . .

Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care

Product Details

  • Title: Quest for Spiritual Community: Reclaiming Spiritual Guidance for Contemporary Congregations
  • Author: Angela H. Reed
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Spirituality

About Angela H. Reed

Angela H. Reed is an assistant professor of practical theology and director of spiritual formation at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University. She holds a PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary and has experience in spiritual direction and pastoral ministry.