Lectio Divina: For You and Your Ministry
An inspiring online video course with handouts
Since the 6th Century when Benedict of Nursia developed Lectio Divina as a way of listening to God in a Bible text people have been using this discipline to help them open their hearts to Christ and one another. Lectio Divina can help us grow in our discipleship to Jesus Christ.
People often ask us, “What are the best Scripture passages to use for Lectio Divina?” We have over seventy that we’ve found especially helpful (including the twenty passages below). We’ve put them together in a handy digital booklet called “Lectio Divina Guides.”
This PDF booklet features instructions, an index of Scriptures with spiritual formation themes, and over seventy one-page meditations that can be printed out and shared. These Lectio Divina Guides have been field-tested in Soul Shepherding groups, spiritual direction, and retreats. They’re great for small groups, church staff or elder meetings, retreats, or private devotions. When you’re picking a meditation it’s helpful to look through our index of topics as you pray for God to guide you to the one that will be most helpful for you or your group. The complete set of Lectio Divina Guides can be purchased from Soul Shepherding for $9.99 here.
The Lectio Divina Process
In our Lectio Divina Guides we lead you or your small group step-by-step in prayerfully meditating on a Scripture passage. You’ll listen for a word or phrase from the Bible text, engage emotionally with the Lord, listen to how God applies the Word to your life, and rest in the Lord’s embrace of love. Each guide has a title/theme for spiritual formation and soul care in Christ, the four steps of Lectio Divina that we use, a brief introduction to the Bible passage, an opening Abiding Prayer, the Bible passage (usually from the NIV), the focus questions for each reading, and space to journal.
And Your Best Life In Jesus’ Easy Yoke by Bill Gaultiere is based on using Lectio Divina with Jesus’ easy yoke (or rhythms of grace) teaching in Matthew 11:25-30.
The best way to learn how to do Lectio Divina for yourself or people you are ministering to is by having someone who is experienced guide you through it. We do this for you in our online video course “Lectio Divina: For You and Your Ministry” by Bill and Kristi Gaultiere. This resource features seven short instructional videos with practical handouts. This will revolutionize personal devotions for you and your friends!
Scripture Passages for Lectio Divina (Links go to Free PDF handouts!)
1 Samuel 30:1-6: “Help for Discouraged Leaders.” David finds strength in the Lord when his men turn on him at Ziklag.
2 Kings 6:8-17: “See the Lord’s Chariots of Fire Protecting You.” Elisha prays for his servant’s eyes to be opened to see the spiritual Kingdom of God.
Psalm 1: “Two Ways of Living and Leading.” Going your own way vs. listening to God.
Psalm 13: “Questions and Songs in the Dark Night.” Take heart from David in a Dark Night of the Soul or other time of trial.
Psalm 23 (Paraphrase): “Life Without Lack: Dallas Willard’s Psalm 23 Prayer.”
Psalm 73: “Be the Strength of My Heart.” Pray, “God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Matthew 3:13-17 (and parallel passages in the other Gospels): “Baptized in Christ.” In Christ the heavens are opened to us as they were to Jesus at his baptism: “You are my beloved child and in you I am well pleased.” And the Spirit remains on us!
Matthew 17:1-13: “The Transfiguration of Jesus in a Small Group.” Christ our Lord shows us how to be a spiritual formation group.
Mark 1:14-20: “Look Into Jesus’ Eyes and Follow Him.” As with his first disciples, Jesus sees you and calls, “Come, follow me.”
Mark 4:35-41: “Peace! Be still.” With Christ we can be at peace — even before he calms the storm with a word!
Luke 1:26-38: “Let it Be to Me According to Your Word.” Mary’s great prayer of submission. (Especially good for Advent.)
Luke 22:24-34: “Jesus Prays For Peter’s Faith Not to Fail.” As with Peter, we all fail at times. The key is Jesus’ prayer for us that our faith in God not fail.
John 5:1-20: “Join the Father’s Work“. Jesus heals the invalid at the Sheep Gate Pool.
John 15:1-12: “Abide in Jesus.” Fruit grows naturally from your life when you abide in Jesus as he abides in the Father.
Acts 7:54-60: “A Radiant Life and a Radiant Death.” Stephen overflows with God’s grace and power in life and as he’s stoned to death.
1 Corinthians 13: “Love is Christ Shining Out of My Body.” We need to cultivate habits of love.
Colossians 1:9-14: “A Worthy Life that Pleases God.” Take heart from Paul’s great prayer.
Hebrews 1:1-4: “The Radiant Son of God Shines and Speaks.” Here is another Bible passage to captivate your heart with Christ to let him shine out from you to others.*
Revelation 1:9-19 “Riveted by Jesus in His Glory.” Jesus appears in a vision, shining forth like the sun in his divine glory.
Bill & Kristi Can Guide You and Your Small Group in Experiencing Lectio Divina!
“Lectio Divina: For You and Your Ministry” is an online Lectio Divina resource with short video lessons from Soul Shepherding to revitalize your personal devotions in the Bible and your small group!
Bill and Kristi Gaultiere, co-founders of Soul Shepherding, explain the Lectio Divina process to you, show you how to meditate on Scripture, use a Breath Prayer from the Bible, listen for God’s voice, and engage in Soul Talk. They also talk about using Lectio Divina in small groups.
The online course features seven videos of 10 to 20 minutes. It also includes handouts and a small group leader’s guide.