Mark has written five books on practical spiritual formation that seek to apply spiritual wisdom to everyday life. He regularly teaches and offers workshops and training events based on themes from his books. Before each book is published he usually spends several years piloting the concepts and processes explored with groups in multiple contexts. He is currently working on two projects: (1)a full book treatment on the Ninefold path and; (2) a book on self-awareness, personality and transformation.
THE NINEFOLD PATH LEARNING LAB AND NOTEBOOK (with Danielle Welch). What if the Beatitudes contain the keys to our liberation? This small book of invitations into the beatitudes includes suggested experiments and practices and space for journaling. A comprehensive Learning Lab contains everything needed to facilitate an eleven week group spiritual formation journey. Exclusively available through LIFEWORDS, London 2017
BELONGING & BECOMING: Creating A Thriving Family Culture (with Lisa Scandrette). This book presents a soulful, creative and intentional approach to family life that includes reflection questions and practical exercises for parents and families. IVP 2016
FREE: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most. This practical book on simplicity invites readers to embrace soul practices like gratitude, trust, contentment and generosity and develop practical skills with time, purpose, finances and possessions for greater meaning and global sustainability. IVP 2013
Practicing The Way of Jesus: Life Together in the Kingdom of Love. So many of us want to live in the way of Jesus-- pursuing a life that is deeply soulful, connected to our real needs and good news to our world. Yet too often our methods for growth are individualistic, information driven or disconnected from the details of every day life. How can we close the gap between how we want to live and how we actually live? This book explores how to rediscover a sense of immediacy and action in our spiritual lives. IVP 2011
Soul Graffiti: Making A Life in the Way of Jesus. Phyllis Tickle said, “This book is not so much a book as it is an encounter with a Christianity that is urban, American, un-institutional and now.” Jossey-Bass 2007
Animate Faith, An imaginative exploration of Christianity's big questions. Sparkhouse/Augsburg Fortress brought together seven leading Christian voices to create an accessible, captivating exploration of big questions of the Christian faith, including Mark Scandrette, Brian McLaren and Nadia Bolz-Weber.
THE NINEFOLD PATH
THE NINEFOLD PATH
THE NINEFOLD PATH is an experiential journey through the Beatitudes, the nine sayings spoken by Jesus at the beginning of “the sermon on the hill.” We live in a time of deep divides and unrest. Signs of haunting are all around us: conflict rages between groups and nations, the gap widens between the poor and the rich, and the future of our planet is threatened. If we are not disturbed, we haven’t been paying attention.
What if nine ancient sayings contain the keys to our liberation? What if the blessings of Jesus known as the beatitudes offer a radical alternative to the broken systems that we’ve created? The Ninefold Path explores how following the way of the beatitudes can revolutionize our lives and our world.
The beatitudes name the illusions and the lies that have held us captive, individually and societally: scarcity, avoidance, competition, despair, retribution, deception, division, retaliation and fear of death. They point us back to reality, towards what is most real and true: abundance, admission of brokenness, equality, efficacy, forgiveness, wholeheartedness, our oneness as a human family, suffering as a necessary part of the struggle between good and evil, and the reality and hope that death is not the end.
How do we close the gap between how we want to live and how we actually live? Knowledge alone does not lead to transformation. We need tools and relationships that help us apply wisdom to our everyday lives. The Ninefold Path Notebook and Learning Lab are designed as resources to help you (1) be honest with yourself and others; (2) explore what is most real and true; and (3) experiment with new actions and practices that can change your life (and our world). These resources are available in print and digital form at ninefoldpath.org
The Ninefold Path was developed over a 3 year period by Mark Scandrette, Danielle Welch and a global collective of practitioners. Pilot groups were initiated at The Practice at Willow Creek, with at-risk Youth in London, and in drug and alcohol recovery programs in California. It has been utilized in school chaplaincy programs in the U.K. and South Australia and has been enthusiastically received by leaders and churches in South Asia and East Africa.
THE WAY OF TRUST. “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”
Where in your life do you feel like you don’t have enough or are not enough?
THE WAY OF LAMENT. “Blessed are those who mourn.”
When you look at the world, what breaks your heart? What’s broken in you? Where do you feel loneliness, sadness, pain or disappointment?
THE WAY OF HUMILITY: “Blessed are the meek…”
How do you tend to get caught in the trap of competition and comparison, of feeling greater than or less than other people?
THE WAY OF JUSTICE. “Blessed are those who hunger for justice…”
What’s the hunger for justice that is inside of you? How would you finish the sentence: I hunger and thirst for a world where…
THE WAY OF COMPASSION: “Blessed are the merciful…”
For what in your life do you need mercy?Who is in need of your forgiveness? What resentments can you need to let go?
THE WAY OF RIGHT MOTIVE. “Blessed are the pure in heart…”
What masks do you wear? What’s important to you about how you present yourself to the world?
THE WAY OF PEACEMAKING: “Blessed are the peace makers…”
Who do you tend to place on the other side of us and them? What groups or kinds of people have you made into “the other”?
THE WAY OF SURRENDER: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for justice…”
What is the good you hesitate to do, knowing what it might cost you?
THE WAY OF RADICAL LOVE. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against …”
How would you live if you weren’t afraid to die? What is worth giving your life for? What might it look like for you to live fearlessly?
The Ninefold Path is part of the Ninebeats Collective, an international tribe of troubadours, poets, rebels, provocateurs, sages & activists. We've come together from different continents, different cities, and different experiences, all on the trail of the ancient Bible sayings known as ‘the beatitudes’.
Mark is a gifted teacher who draws on his knowledge of Christian theology and scripture, human psychology, 28 years experience as a pastor and seeker with an awareness of the beauty, challenges and complexity of the human condition. He speaks nationally and internationally at universities, conferences and churches and offers training to leaders and organizations through workshops, retreats and group intensives. Mark teaches a doctoral course on spiritual formation at Fuller Theological seminary and has taught courses at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Wherever Mark travels he speaks with the goal of awakening imagination and inviting audiences to take new steps into life and wholeness.
Mark and Lisa Scandrette lead 1-3 day Thriving Family workshops on themes from their book, Belonging and Becoming.
Mark facilitates1-3 day training and retreat experiences for leaders and groups based on The Ninefold Path journey through the Beatitudes.
Mark facilitates personality and growth workshops and retreats using the Enneagram typology.
Mark offers experienced-based graduate level training on practical spiritual formation based on his book, Practicing the Way of Jesus.
Mark leads workshops and intensives on practical simplicity related to time, money, meaning and global sustainability based on the book, FREE: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most.
Mark is committed to seeking the common good of his neighborhood and city through personal action and organized efforts towards justice, compassion and ecological sustainability. He focuses his efforts locally on neighborhood safety and police reform. Currently Mark is committed to providing the best spiritual formation training possible to leaders in emerging global contexts, with recent travels to Bangladesh and East Africa. He also serves as an advocate for the work of Compassion International, an organization that provides wholistic child development services to children living in the poorest communities on the planet.
COACHING & SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
COACHING & SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
Mark is passionate about investing in emerging leaders and building capacity in others. He offers coaching and spiritual direction to individual leaders and works with teams to help them develop transformational strategies and practices in their organizations.
One-time individual or team consultation.
Ongoing monthly coaching or spiritual direction.
Leadership retreat/ off-site designed around the needs of your team.
Pricing is based on the resources of the individual or organization.
Mark’s writing, teaching and coaching are done under the direction of ReIMAGINE, a 501 C (3) non-profit organization supported by the generosity of our individual donors; and supplemented by grants, program service fees and honorariums.
Mark and Lisa Scandrette, are cofounders of ReIMAGINE, A Center For Integral Christian Practice, based in San Francisco. ReIMAGINE is a non-profit organization that fuels efforts to help people experience greater wholeness through encounters with the life and teachings of Jesus by (1) awakening imagination, (2) inviting participants into transformational experiences and (3) empowering leaders who can transform their communities.
Mark and Lisa have been married for 28 years and have three young adult children. They have made their home in San Francisco's Mission District since 1998.
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