We all have guiding principles we use to move through our lives, whether we are aware of them or not. These may come from our faith, our family, our career, our peers, or our observations about the world. These principles guide our thoughts, words, and actions. In Faithwalking, when we talk about guiding principles, we are referring to consciously and carefully chosen guiding principles that we can have access to in moments of anxiety. In order to identify the most effective guiding principles, it’s important to understand what they are and why we need them.

Guiding principles that we have carefully considered, written down, and memorized give us access to our best self. We are our best self when we are calm and thinking clearly. Guiding principles that we have thoughtfully chosen allow us to be the person we want to be in every situation - to "show up" in each situation as our best self. Guiding principles enable us to respond thoughtfully rather than merely react to our anxiety in the ways that we typically react. To be useful in times of high anxiety, our guiding principles must be clear, compelling, and easily accessible to us.

In this course, Ken Shuman takes you through the process of understanding more clearly what a guiding principle is, why we need guiding principles, and how to develop and define your guiding principles.

  • Why should you take this course?

    This course will equip you to define and begin living into your guiding principles, so that you can live a more thoughtful and intentional life.

  • What does this course cover?

    What are guiding principles?
    Why do I need guiding principles?
    How do I develop and define my guiding principles?

  • What does the course include?

    Three 20-minute instructional videos, and assignments and worksheets to guide you as you apply your learning and develop your guiding principles

  • What are the requirements?

    There are no prerequisites to take this course - no previous Faithwalking experience or coursework is required. This is a completely self-contained course.

The benefits of guiding principles:

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  • This was so helpful. I get concerned with getting "the right principles" right away. Thanks for the reminder that developing guiding principles is always a process and always "trying it on."

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  • The content was short, sweet and focused. The homework was accessible, and I now have a pyramid of guiding principles ready to be fleshed out in a narrative. I am further down the road and this course was helpful in getting there. Thanks!

Our Purpose

To make wholeness possible in individuals, communities, and the world. We do this through a process of spiritual formation where people are equipped with tools to gain freedom from wounds of their past, grow in emotional maturity, and live lives of purpose on mission with God, so that they increasingly follow the way of Jesus by serving the poor, the marginalized, and those in need; working for the common good; and restoring individuals, social systems, communities, and nations to God's intended design.