Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
Donald Whitney has written much about spiritual disciplines: Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life and Spiritual Disciplines within the Church: Participating Fully in the Body of Christ and Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health. I have benefited greatly from his work. Whitney completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. As I recall, his first book on the Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life was his dissertation project.
At beginning and end points, at anniversaries, at monthly and annual retreats it is fruitful to look back, to consider the ways and means of God in your life and the things you have learned, and to look ahead, to consider what the Lord might be calling you to in the next months. This has been a regular exercise for me personally, with my family and in ministry.
Whitney has compiled Ten Questions to help one spiritually assess the coming year.
The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God.
Whitney follows this by listing an additional 21 questions to aid in assessing the past and the future. With this complete list there is one question to ponder and pray over daily for the month.
What will you do to “consider your ways?”