Lectio Divina: Examining the Impact of Experiencing Scripture in Christian's Relationship with Christ
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The purpose of this Doctor of Ministry Project was to examine reflective reading's (lectio divina) impact on a Christian's relationship with Christ. The ministry design included teaching and practice for a small group of Christians who identified as either feeling close to Christ and depending on him daily or their relationship with Christ was the center of their life. The results reflected a definite impact on one's relationship with Christ particularly a felt sense of his relational attributes (intimacy, love, knowing him more) and a strong sense of Christ' presence. In terms of application for the church, taking into consideration the maturity of the participants (self-described relationship with Christ, length of time as a Christian, and personal spiritual practices), the conclusion was that reflective reading (lectio divina) is an effective ministry for equipping believers to grow in spiritual maturity.