Roy, Jeffrey William. “Laying a Foundation for Nurturing Experiential Communion with the Word of God for Soul Formation Through Journaling and Inner Circle Relationships.” D. Min., Tyndale University College & Seminary, 2019.
In this research portfolio, three projects form the basis in developing this new pathway to nurture formation. The author’s spiritual autobiography recounts his journey into two-way communion with the Word of God and gives readers opportunities to reflect accordingly. A model is presented that contains a cyclical four-step process designed to nurture experiential union. This model incorporates
the authors’ own experience, an analysis of how the Word of God is depicted by the Scriptures and in the writings of the Early Church Fathers, four existing
contemplative models of formation, and the experiences of those who participated in his research project. The project tested follow up material designed to help people take home and form habits (Contemplative Prayer Journaling and Inner Circle Relationships) that would help them experience union with the Eternal Word of God throughout their day. Two months after the study twelve of the sixteen participants were journaling once a week and nine of the sixteen participants had established some form of weekly inner circle relationship with the desire to be more aware of God’s presence.
Thesis (D. Min.)—Tyndale University College & Seminary, 2019
Table of Contents
Introduction – Spiritual Autobiography: Awakenings – The Eternal Word of God – Pathways to Abiding: a Model of Spiritual Formation – Research Project Report: the Effect of Contemplative Prayer Journaling and Inner Circle Relationships on Spiritual Formation – Reflections and Conclusions.
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