About the 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations

The 9 “arts” are simply observable practices in the life of Jesus that make spiritual conversations flow easily with spiritual seekers. When Christians imitate Jesus and grow stronger in these skills, evangelism and discipleship are the natural outcomes.

The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations


Being aware of those around you and paying close attention to what God might be doing in their lives.


Asking God to work in the lives of people you meet and to show you what he wants you to do to bless them.


Demonstrating genuine care, interest, and empathy as you interact with others without editorializing or offering unsolicited opinions.


Seeking to understand more than to be understood and letting genuine curiosity take the lead to open up conversations.


Letting your relationship with God overflow to people around you so that you see them with his eyes.


Valuing the presence of people and helping them feel that they belong.


Leading a discussion in a group setting so that everyone makes discoveries and feels honored, respected, and heard.


Gathering people to work for a common cause and helping them know God and each other better through the shared experience.


Relating your faith story, learning others’ stories, and expressing God’s story of forgiveness through Jesus in a way that is respectful and meaningful.

Your Church and the 9 Arts

With the 9 Arts, your church can grow in evangelism and discipleship at the same time. Get a fuller understanding of the 9 Arts by reading The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations, by Mary Schaller and John Crilly. Then get your small groups or Sunday school classes practicing the 9 Arts with the 9 Arts Primer or the 9 Arts Complete Guide. The impact on people in your community could be eternal!

Check out the full line of 9 Arts resources available from Q Place.

Making Disciples Like Jesus Did

Give the Gospels a fresh look. Observe how Jesus was intentional with spiritual seekers. He developed a reputation for spending time with outsiders.

The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” But wisdom is proved right by her deeds. (Matthew 11:19)

It’s true that Jesus devoted himself to preaching and proclamation, but the vast majority of his time he spent on the road with twelve men who were slowly coming to understand who Jesus really was. They were taught, but they also caught how Jesus made disciples. They learned from him how to engage spiritual seekers and walk with them on the discipleship journey. So can Christians in the twenty-first century. So can churches. So can you.

The 9 Arts and Q Place

Encouraging Christians and churches to engage in the 9 Arts is an important part of the ministry of Q Place.

Q Place is a ministry that helps Christians start small groups for spiritual seekers—so that many more people in our culture can interact with questions about God and the Bible in a supportive environment. (In the 9 Arts, it’s the Art of Facilitating!)

When Q Place staff members were exploring how to help more Christians start groups for spiritual seekers, we discovered these nine practices of Jesus that can help us build trusting relationships—both before starting a group and after it’s up and running.

We would love to see many more Christians walking the way of Jesus—practicing all 9 Arts—and inviting people around them into small groups where they can find God as revealed in the Bible.

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