Some Christians effortlessly spend hours in contemplative prayer. Just being around them makes you wish you were that way. Or maybe you are that way, but others are far better at showing God's love in practical ways or courageously standing up for God's kingdom. Why can't you be like them? Maybe you weren't designed to be.

Sacred Pathways will show you the route you were made to travel, 

marked by growth and filled with the riches of a close walk with God.  

 Understanding your “Sacred pathways…"

Naturalist: Loving God Out of Doors

· Naturalists are moved by creation.  They believe nature clearly point to God.  Creation prompts them to worship.  They believe that looking at the ordinary helps to reveal some of the mystery of God.

Sensates: Loving God with the Senses

· Sensates “want to be lost in the awe, beauty, and splendor of God”.  Sights, sounds, and smells are all part of worship.  They use the five senses to delight in God.

Traditionalists: Loving God through Ritual and Symbol

· Traditionalists are fed by the “historic dimensions of faith: rituals, symbols, sacraments, and sacrifice”.  They find discipline, ritual, and structure nurishing.

Ascetics: Loving God in Solitude and Simplicity

· Ascetics “live a fundamentally internal existence”.  They connect with God in the quite and with prayer.  They do not want distractions.

Activists: Loving God Through Confrontation

· Activists “serve a God of justice”.  They see worship as living against evil and calling sinners to repent.  They focus on living truth and confronting injustice to change society.

Caregivers: Loving God by Loving Others

· Caregivers “serve God by serving others”.  They see Jesus in the needy.  Caring for others is energizing and they love God through loving others through service.

Enthusiasts: Loving God with Mystery and Celebration

· Enthusiasts need “excitement and mystery in worship…joyful celebration.”  They want to experience, feel and be moved by God.

Contemplatives: Loving God through Adoration

· Contemplatives see God in “images of a loving Father and Bridegroom.”  They seek simply to love God deeply.

Intellectuals: Loving God with the Mind

· Intellectuals like to study doctrines and “live in the world of concepts.”  For them faith is to “be understood as much as experienced.”

Sacred Pathways is a concept developed by Gary Thomas.

Thanks to Eva Lawrie for this description from her blog...