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Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in a pastoral leadership cohort through Fuller Seminary, my alma mater. I was accepted into this program along with 11 other pastors across the country. We had a wonderful week together getting to know one another and praying for each other and the churches we serve in.
I want to share an insight from my time there:
The focus of this group was less on leadership techniques, and more on our own personal spiritual formation as leaders. Part of our time was spent on a 4-hour silent retreat of prayer and Scripture study. During this time I was struck by this verse:
"And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed" (Mark 1:35).
I was reminded that the core of Jesus' ability to lead came from time spent in prayer and communion with his Father in heaven. Jesus made that a priority and his leadership flowed from there.
It's so easy to roll over when I wake up and check Facebook. But I've been getting better at spending time in prayer as I get ready for the day, often listening and praying along with the Daily Office. Starting my day with God also keeps him at the forefront of my mind as I go about my work.
As we are still early into a new year, I want to challenge you by asking, do you have a morning prayer practice? If you don't, I'd love to chat with you about developing one.
The Rev. Taylor IshiiYoung Adult Ministry
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