Sermons that are perfect : how does meeting with a spiritual director give completion to those who preach?
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This project is designed to provide information on how receiving spiritual direction helps an individual prepare sermons that are perfect. Perfection is defined not as a sermon that is free of errors but rather as a sermon that is mature and complete, arising out of awareness and knowledge of God that is received, in part, through the experience of receiving spiritual direction.
Chapter 1 provides an introduction to spiritual direction through offering several definitions and a short history.
Chapter 2 describes my experience of receiving spiritual direction and using that experience as a preaching resource.
Chapter 3 provides an analysis of how the experience of receiving spiritual direction is useful in preaching. I give attention to four areas: 1. Increased awareness of God through spiritual direction that is used as a basis for preaching; 2. Increased awareness of self through spiritual direction that is used in preaching; 3. Anecdotal experiences that occur in spiritual direction that can be used as sermon illustrations; 4. Specific content material that arises in spiritual direction that can be used in sermons.
Chapter 4 provides examples of sermons that integrate the findings.