Samuel serves the Christian Church by supporting its leaders. He creates experiences and resources that help lay and ordained men and women meet the challenges of ministry, learn from them, and become more effective Christian leaders.
Through spiritual direction, individual and group ministerial reflection, and writing, Sam companions Christian leaders as they re-discover the sense of calling and giftedness at the heart of Christ-centered ministry. Learn more…
Books for Sale
by Samuel Rahberg
For many Christian leaders, the experience of ministry includes enough conflict and disappointment to soon wear off the patina of one’s initial enthusiasm. And yet relief and renewal seems too often out of reach. What happens in this season of ministry is more than a matter of whether or not a Christian leader can persist. Can a Christian engage the call to maturity at the juncture of discipleship and leadership? Enduring Ministry is designed for those who seek a more durable way forward, one that is infused with grace and inspired by good mission.
In Enduring Ministry, Samuel Rahberg draws on insights from the monastic tradition, the ministry of spiritual direction, and the experience of Christian leadership to support and empower leaders for continued ministries in the church, helping experience a shift from merely enduring to lasting, effective, and vibrant Christian leadership.
by Samuel Rahberg and the artist Natalie Rahberg
“In the beginning was the Word . . .”
The Gospel of John opens with rich poetic imagery and unfolds into twenty-one chapters full of symbols and signs that point to Jesus Christ as truly human and truly divine. This collection of fifty-six reader’s poems, combined with twenty-six original pieces of art printed in full color, offers an inviting first read to those new to the Gospel and fresh perspective to those long familiar with its themes. There is no substitute for reading the Scriptures themselves again and again. This resource, in fact, flows directly from that kind of sustained reading. Like artists throughout the centuries, siblings Samuel Rahberg and Natalie Rahberg have employed the disciplines of writing and visual art to share with others the fruits of their own prayer. May each reader be led back to the Christ revealed in the Gospel of John. Natalie Rahberg is a working artist in McKinney, TX.
by Victor Klimoski, edited by Samuel Rahberg
We must listen well to those who truly encourage and inspire us, especially those who, by their presence and their authenticity, consistently extend to us the invitations we need to become more deeply who we are. The Way Forward (Aetos Publications, 2014) is a selection of lifetime educator Victor Klimoski’s writings, edited by Samuel Rahberg and featuring seven original poems. The reflections have their roots sunk deep in monastic spirituality. Those new to Benedictine wisdom will encounter the invitation to move closer to a discerning life guided by the Gospel. For those who already know well the Benedictine Way, these prayerful readings demonstrate the application of monastic values and provide encouragement for the long journey.
edited by Victor Klimoski and Barbara Sutton, chapter on “Listening” by Samuel Rahberg
Illuminating Ministry (Liturgical Press, 2014) provides an opportunity for church leaders and those in ministerial formation to engage in community and prayer. By focusing on seven distinct charisms or values of Benedictine spirituality and basing its prayer movement on lectio divina, this journal inspires theological reflection on one’s own life and ministry. Illuminating Ministry, which promotes spiritual companioning in groups, becomes an exceptional tool for exploring and renewing one’s call to ministry.
Personal and Group Consultation
- Spiritual Direction
- Staff Development
- Program Design/Implementation
- Supervision for Spiritual Directors
For centuries Christians have helped each other pay attention to the presence of God. If something is leading you to consider spiritual direction, trust that the Spirit is already at work. Discernment? Transition? Deepening discipleship?
The greatest preparation for ministry is attention to the spiritual formation of the Christian leader. Whether for individuals or teams, all clarity of calling and purposeful courage emerges from that prayerful and Christ-centered grounding.
In a world overflowing with resources and opportunities, how do we help Christian disciples notice and engage in experiences that truly enrich their spiritual lives? Draw on Samuel’s experience in parish and retreat based ministries.
Those engaged in the ministry of spiritual direction respect the sacred privilege and responsibility of their role by participating in some form of ongoing supervision. Samuel is available for one-on-one supervision.
Sample Learning Opportunities
Prayer and Community: The Benedictine School of Spirituality (Franciscan Spirituality Center, La Crosse)
Praying the Scriptures (Toolbox for Congregational Leaders, St. Paul Area Synod-ELCA)
The Word Made Flesh: Practicing Incarnational Spirituality (St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Edina)
I’ve Worked My Spirit to Death Religiously…Now What? (Mid-Winter Convocation, Luther Seminary)
Great Conversation: How Do Our Limits Set Us Free? (14 May 2015, Benedictine Center)
Ministry as a Pilgrimage of Identity (Lutheran Deaconess Community in Mpls/St. Paul region)
Attentive Companions: An Introduction to Spiritual Direction (The Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery)
Benedict’s Genius for Spiritual Direction (Sacred Ground Spirituality Center, Saint Paul)
Visio Divina: Praying through Lent with The Saint John’s Bible (The Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery)