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The Practice of Prayer

Prayer is essential to congregational life. Prayer is not only a community activity it is also an individual activity. Some say, "all life is prayer." If you seek direction about prayer offered as individuals, consider Prayer of Examen. If you are looking for a resource that provides prayers for worship, prayers that account for real life in down-to-earth language, pick up Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals.


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Prayer of Examen
These poignant guided meditations by Fuller Studio facilitate the calming experience of...
We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and...
This devotional book consists of 52 readings designed to be read over a year. It contains...
Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
This collection of prayers and liturgical texts offers resources for a truly common prayer...
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Pray As You Go
This daily prayer website offers calming 10-minute recorded prayers that heighten your...
The Wisdom of Your Body: Finding Healing, Wholeness, and Connection through Embodied Living
This psychology-based book explores embodiment, the practice of living freely and wholly,...


Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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