In the huddles that I lead (both local and coaching), one of the more powerful practices we return to again and again is submitting ourselves to carefully-crafted questions for self-examination and reflection. It’s a simple way to stop and pay attention to what God is trying to do in our lives. Wesley did this in his small groups, as have many others who have sought to follow Jesus intentionally and consistently, including St. Ignatius (pictured above).
As I look over the questions, I ask the Spirit to point out one question that gets to the heart of how God is wanting to move in my life right now. This is the “Kairos moment” that is the key to discern what God is saying to me, and the process of growth begins!
When this practice is embedded within a community that is on mission together, it becomes a powerful discipleship tool. But one of the things we’ve discovered is that without the practice of mission, groups like this quickly become bland and listless. Too much intake, not enough outflow, like a stagnant pond.
At Christ Church, we use a set of questions we amalgamated from various sources, including The Order of Mission, Neil Cole, and John Wesley. You can download the pamphlet we use here. Recently I came across some questions that A.W. Tozer used for reflection and self-examination. I quite liked them, and perhaps they’ll end up in a future edition of our huddle questions! Here they are:
- What do I want most?
- What do I think about the most?
- How am I using my money?
- What am I doing with my free time?
- What company am I keeping?
- Who and what do I admire?
- What am I laughing at?
What kinds of questions have you found to be powerfully formative for growth in mission and discipleship?