Engaging in Spiritual Conversations

First Steps:

  • Ask a question about a recent shared experience. What did you think of the movie?
  • Share a story from your day. You'll never guess what happened to me today...
  • Take a pet on a walk or to a park with other members of your household.
  • Use a shared drive time to process your day with each other.
  • Use some premade conversation starters at mealitme. One family unknowingly bought a package of napkins that have silly, simple conversation starters printed on them. They've led to some surprising conversations around the table.
  • Start giving deeper words of encouragement to people in your household.

Next Steps

  • Have a weekly check-in when everyone in the household can share that they have on the calendar in the coming week.
  • Start the practice of sharing a meal with your household after church. Spend time talking about the message you heard during the service.
  • Establish a mealtime rhythm in the evening: at the start of dinner everyone shares a high and a low from their day.
  • Ask everyone on a regular basis (perhaps at bedtime or before heading off for the day) how you can pray for them - which can lead to wonderful regular conversations and more prayers.
  • Use premade conversation starters that are a little deeper in nature or are explicitly Christian.

Bigger Steps

  • Go out to a one-on-one meal with someone in your household. While we all love eating together as a family, certain conversations will only happen when there are just two of you at the table.
  • Invite some innate deep, spiritual, mature Christian friends to a meal with your household - their natural depth creates space for others to follow suit.
  • Explicitly invite hour household into a deeper conversation on special occasions.
  • Write a long, thoughtful letter to someone in your household and see how they respond. Sometimes communicating in a written format gives people more time and space to get honest. There is something about asynchronous communication (no immediate back-and-forth) that can provide the space for people to get deeper than they normally would.
  • Do a craft together where you each have to create a picture or poem or small sculpture that represents, for example, how your faith is doing. There's something about art that allows us to discern and communicate deep things that normally can't quite be captured in words.
  • Go camping or hiking - an extended group activity that is screen-free and provides plenty of unhurried time for conversation.
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