The guide to silence and solitude is broken into five parts for you to work through sequentially with your Missional Community, on your own, and with your DNA group. Each part builds on the previous one and will help form you into a person ready to engage in silence and solitude and hear from God. Be sure to start with the Get Started Guide.
HOW TO ENGAGE WITH THIS PRACTICE
Learn Together through a Sermon
We will start each quarter learning together in our Sunday gathering about a spiritual formation practice. This sermon sets the foundation and if you miss it, please take time to watch or listen.
Missional Community Discussion
Using the Solitude and Silence Guide, you will work through five parts over the quarter to help you learn about this practice in more depth with your community. Just follow the prompts. Start here before jumping into the individual practices.
After discussing the practice with your Missional Community, you’re invited to try exercises on your own to help you engage in silence and solitude. Don’t worry about getting it right or being perfect, just try to work through the practice and take note of what was hard, what you enjoyed, and what God was teaching you. You will then reflect on this with your DNA group.
DNA Group Reflection
After you have experienced these practices yourself, your DNA group will meet to reflect on this experience and what God is teaching you through the process. Use the provided questions to guide your DNA conversation, but feel free to let the conservation go beyond these.
A QUICK NOTE.
God has designed us to be formed in the context of community, not just on our own. So, we’ve designed these guides to be used in your missional community, on your own, and in your DNA group. If you are not part of a missional community or DNA group, we hope you will still use this guide and benefit through considering the material and questions, engaging the practices, and reflecting on your experiences. Additionally, we recommend you think of a few people with whom you can talk about what you’re learning. (We would also love to help you find community. If you’re new to Doxa, join us at our next once-a-month Doxa 101 following the 11 am service. If you’re looking to get reconnected into a Missional Community or for help starting a DNA group, join us for Doxa 301. Upcoming dates and details can be found at doxa-church.com/connect.)