27/7/2018 by
Jessica Taylor (Portland 2013)

Most of you know you cannot walk away from a DeVos event unchanged. In 2016, I attended the DeVos Reunion in Pittsburgh and my life and ministry were drastically shaken by the stellar resources offered to alumni. The introduction of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (EHS) led me on a journey to become a trained presenter and advocate for EHS in the training of local church leaders. 

EHS is a ministry led by Pete Scazzero and focuses on the inner workings of a leader’s heart and life. This discipleship model challenges the leader to look at their relationship with Jesus, self, and others through the perspective of emotional health. In his book Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Pete asserts, “it's impossible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.” The book challenges the reader to slow down and take inventory of several key spiritual and emotional factors that could be hindering their calling, productivity, and joy. The journey to understand my own “emotional iceberg” was.

I started to implement practices such as a regular rhythm of rest and Sabbath for my whole family. As a result, I have become more able to express myself emotionally and quicker to recognize the unhealthy patterns and the signals God gives me to slow down. 

Recently, I taught this EHS course to a group of married couples in my church and it yielded marked changes in the overall maturity and depth of connection with Jesus for each person who participated. It also gave my leadership team a common language and a chance to develop new “rules of life” which look like an updated breakthrough plan!

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality is a great place to start your journey to becoming a healthier leader and example in your ministry.

To learn more about teaching the course in your church or organizations, visit this link: https://www.emotionallyhealthy.org/discipleship-courses/

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