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Discernment Group: Sign Up if Interested

Discernment Group: Sign Up if Interested
Published on Thu, 5 Aug 2021 22:27
Adult Formation

Discernment groups are for anyone discerning anything in their life that they would like to discern in a faith community.  The only thing you will need to have to be a part of the group is a question in your life that you want guidance for.  This question can expand or change during our time.  The length of time that we meet will depend on how many people sign up.

If you want to learn more about discernment groups there is more information below - this information comes from the Discerning Vocations in the Diocese of Olympia Essential Elements of Mutual Discernment Handbook. 

If you are interested or have questions contact Meghan Mullarkey - associatevicar@stcolumbakent.org.  This group will begin once we have a minimum of 4 people who are interested. 


A mutual discernment group should include people in various stages of their lives, discerning a number of questions. A healthy discernment should include reflect the diversity of the congregation.

Models of Discernment

• Discernment is a prayerful, intentional process.

• Discernment is a destination.

• Discernment takes place over time.

• Discernment requires trying things out.

• Discernment is an essential element as we seek the will of God in our lives.

• Discernment takes place in community, with every member discerning about their own life.

• Discernment is focus is on the ministry of the baptized in a group context, not just on one person.

• Discernment occurs at different points in our lives. Opportune times for discernment are times of transition (changes in vocation or areas of ministry; life changes such as relocation or retirement) or any time a baptized person wants to explore his/her baptismal ministry.

While engaged in the discernment experience, persons will:

• understand their goals and passions and how they are lived out in community;

• tell their stories;

• hear others’ stories;

• enlist others in the community to pray and ask questions to guide their ongoing discernment;

• identify spiritual gifts;

• be truthful about themselves and with others;

• be willing to ask and be asked difficult questions;

• be committed to confidentiality;

• use tools to help them understand themselves and their role in group dynamics;

• write about their area of discernment, including their own questions, and share these with other group members so that they have time to pray and reflect before meeting together.

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