A Canadian pastor (who has ministered in England for decades) once told me that the early monastic movement involved an older monk mentoring a younger monk or two. The older helped the youngers in spiritual formation.
A friend with state board certification in counseling and a doctoral degree in psychology once took on post-doctoral work in psychoanalysis. Each student in the post-doctoral program not only had to read stacks of books and articles and attend hours upon hours of lectures, but each student also had to be psychoanalyzed by an elder analyst. Not just one session. My impression was that the post-doctoral students were attending analysis sessions for most of the three-year program. Mandatory analysis!
These demanding situaitons — however gracious — surely at times were uncomfortably personal.
That kind of close examination of the individual — the kind offered in early monasticism and psychoanalysis — is not everyone’s idea of a good time.
Still, conversations in those kinds of contexts illuminate hidden dynamics, agendas, weaknesses and flaws that could damage ministry. These can be hidden behind doctrinal and theological rightness.
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