One of the most intriguing commandments in Scripture is Jesus’ admonition, “Be careful how you listen” (Luke 8:18). Can you imagine what Jesus was like when He was listening? How satisfying do you think it was for people to share their thoughts and feelings with Him? Scholarly research shows that 70% of the job for successful CEOs is effective listening. Many Christian leaders are taught how to be good speakers, but very few are trained to be excellent listeners. This course is a practicum on listening in which students are taught to think theologically about listening.
Key Questions To Be Explored:
How easy am I to talk to?
How attentive am I when others share their thoughts and feelings with me?
Who in my sphere is trying to tell me something that I have not been willing to receive?
How can I become a better listener? How can I manage to listen with discernment when multiple voices are pressuring me with contradictory messages and advice?
Who do I really listen to? Should I be listening to those voices? How much do I listen to God? What is God saying to me now?
To enhance your experience in listening to God, here is a guided exercise for you:
- A Prayer of Examen
- Adele Booysen, D.Min.