Each month, we create and curate resources that focus around a particular theme that can help us grow as leaders and disciples. Share these resources with a small group or ministry team, or use them in your personal devotions.
Faith & Emotional Intelligence
It may seem as though “emotional intelligence” is at an all-time low point in our communities, but no need to despair. Considering how emotions play a role in all our interactions can be practiced and learned.
Emotional intelligence is not only the seemingly innate ability to “read the room.” From family systems theory to the impact of sensory experiences to exploring “resonance,” emotional intelligence comes alive in our faith communities in myriad ways. Building reflection processes into everything we do is an important spiritual discipline.
Suggestions for Use
To get the most out of these themes, consider:
- Invite members of your small group, staff, or board to read one of the articles and bring a key takeaway–and how it might apply in your context–to your next meeting or retreat.
- Try out one of the practices in person or via Zoom.
- Utilize the Book Hub videos (divided into short segments) for a workshop-style class related to the theme.
- Use these resources as part of your newsletter, sending out an article link with each week’s email blast, paired with a short reflection by a lay or ordained leader in your congregation.