Hearts on Fire Spiritual Practices for Ministry Innovators
A Community for Sharing Your Soul
An online sacred space for discerning, designing, and implementing God's future seeking to emerge through us.
Ignite your soul
Build a habit of sharing holy space with everyday digital mystics.Join us weekly to discover inner, relational, and creative space: room for the Holy Spirit.
Ignite your life
Join a digital monastery in the rhythm of daily practice and the renewal of quarterly deep dive retreats.Become a part of the future of church by engaging in adaptive practices led by Ministry Innovators.
Ignite your ministry
Find the spiritual, technical, and financial support you need to grow your ministry as part of the Hearts on Fire community.Adapt your ministry to the Practices framework for the community, and invite others into your own unique space to join in the creative expression of your ministry.
Hearts on Fire
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The Essential Practices
Each Hearts on Fire gathering is structured around the core Practices which help us deeply engage with God and each other.
There are several Practices related to the discernment, design, and implementation of your calling.We start with these.
Shaping the space
Covenants of Presence
The Covenants of Presence are the threshold Practice: we repeat and affirm them before every Hearts on Fire gathering.In the words of Parker Palmer, they are 'markers for the kind of space convened', the promise of what we hope for the relationships we create as we engage the Practices together.
Opening our hearts
Centering Reflections move us deeper. Sometimes called an evocative reading, it is reflective poetry, prose or Scripture that breaks the ice within us, and warms us up to the work of discernment.
Sharing our Souls
Story Telling and
The Centering Reflection provides the inspiration for storytelling - we call these Story Prompts.Our stories now become the focus of exploring the sacred space among and between us.We spend time journaling individually and then share in pairs or trios. We listen to others' stories with hope and reverence.
Technology allows us to use a Jamboard to create Word Clouds of virtual sticky notes with words or phrases that shine through our storytelling and holy listening.
This interactive engagement helps us enter into creative space together, and collectively find meaning in the messages that are revealed.
Meet Ministry Innovators
Hearts on Fire Members meet and engage with the Innovators who offer their ministry through Adaptive Practices.Adaptive Practices are sharing the structure of Hearts on Fire with the content of these creative pathfinders.Hearts on Fire Membership includes unlimited participation in Adaptive Practices, and a place to build relationships with each of these practitioners.Ministry Innovators develop their own space and on the Hearts on Fire Platform and offer Adaptive Practices to all Members. They also offer their own unique ministry through their Platform space and beyond.Ministry Innovators have an affiliate link through Hearts on Fire and receive 50% of Membership subscriptions brought in through the link. If you click 'learn more' and subscribe through an Innovators' page, they'll be supported by half of your Membership income.
Evolving Christian Faith Network
Giving voice to a progressive approach to Christian Spirituality
Free Range Priest
Reimagining ministry in the digital age.
Hearts on Fire Team
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the Hearts on Fire Covenants of PresenceBe fully present, extending and presuming welcome. Set aside the usual distractions of things undone from yesterday, things to do tomorrow. Welcome others into this story space and presume you are welcome as well.Listen Generously
Listen intently to what is said; listen to the feelings beneath the words. As Quaker Douglas Steere writes, “To listen another's soul into life, into a condition of disclosure and discovery, may be almost the greatest gift we can offer to another.”Author Your Story
We all have a story. Some might say, “I don't have a story” or “a story worth telling,” but you do, and the world is in need of hearing it. You are invited to claim authorship of your own story and learn to tell it to others so they might understand you, be inspired by you and discover what calls you to be who you are, do what you do or love what you love.We come as equals
We don't have the same gifts, limits, or experiences, but no person's gifts, limits or experiences are more or less important than another.No fixing
We are not here to set someone else straight, right a wrong, or provide therapy. We are here to witness God's presence and movement in the sacred stories and conversations we share.Turn to wonder
If you find yourself becoming judgmental or cynical, try turning to wonder: “I wonder why she shared that story or made those comments?” “I wonder what my reaction teaches me?” “I wonder what he's feeling right now?”Hold these stories with care
There are many people who will benefit from the stories they hear during our time together. Imagine hearing another as you would listen to scripture—attentively, mindfully, and open to the holy.Believe that it is possible for us to emerge from our time together refreshed, surprised and less burdened than when we came.
Expect that our work together can provide renewal, refreshment, and possibilities for what we can do together to create the future that is waiting to be born, and that seeds planted here will keep growing and flourish in the days ahead in service to God's church and renewing work in the world.
Hearts on Fire Community ValuesThe Hearts on Fire Platform is a place where we are welcomed, respected, supported, and nurtured to become closer to God and others. Therefore we take our values very seriously and ask our members to assent and abide by them:This is a space for Christian ministry. You do not have to be Christian - or a minister - to be part of this community, but we are oriented towards the Christian faith, and towards the support of ministry - lay and ordained. We come from different places - geographically, demographically, theologically. We do our utmost to encounter our differences with grace.This is a space to feel centered in who you are in God's sight.Please be kind. Disagreements are inevitable. The way we face them is intentional. Please speak for yourself clearly and kindly, and listen to others with the least judgment possible. Ask for forgiveness often.This is a space to feel affirmed and loved.Please respect others’ privacy. We will be engaging with our stories - often deeply personal - in this space. We will hold them carefully and not share them outside of this space without explicit permission.This is a space to feel positive about the human experience and about life.Please refrain from any aggressive behavior. This is a space for vulnerability. As such, we ask that everyone engage with care, even under vulnerable circumstances. No attacks, threats, name-calling or calling out will be tolerated here.This is a space to feel grateful and vitalized.Any content or member may be removed at any time at the discretion of the Hearts on Fire admins for violating our values in letter or spirit.
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