In a worldview defined by stewardship, we are invited to see everything as “a loaner,” including our own gifts and inclinations. Naming and nurturing gifts in a worshiping community is a life-affirming act of pastoral care. It is also one step in the work of corporate discernment. And certainly, it is an act of faithful stewardship. But, is it worth the risk?
Jennie Isbell Shinn is a Quaker Spiritual Director, workshop and retreat leader, and nonprofit consultant. When not engaged in these ministries, she can be found doing massage, teaching yoga, and making a mess in the kitchen. Jennie is co-author of Finding God in the Verbs: Crafting a Fresh Language of Prayer (InterVarsity Press, 2013) and author of Leading Quakers: Discipleship Leadership, A Friends Model (Earlham Press, 2008), an adult RE curriculum. Jennie lives in West Tisbury with her husband Newell and their 3-year-old, Jasper.