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Summer Soul Tending | Episode 1

Be a Soul Ninja


Danielle Shroyer’s curiosity about the spiritual path took an unexpected turn in 2018. This founder of the emerging church movement and deeply faithful Christian leader took the path East, towards the wisdom and practices of the Eastern traditions. Her blog, Be a Soul Ninja, chronicles her experiences engaging in different Eastern religious thoughts and practices. So what does it mean to Be a Soul Ninja?

In this conversation, you’ll hear:

  • Why Danielle is a ‘hot mess’ at meditating and still names meditation as the practice that has helped her to grow the most in her faith (6:30)

  • The difference between meditation and centering prayer and why Danielle does an extra day of meditation each week (10:55)

  • How to start meditating (14:00)

  • What it means to “Be a Soul Ninja” and why being a ninja necessarily involves being in community with others (19:00)

  • What would it look like to spiritually direct a whole community? (24:47)

  • What is spiritual direction and why it’s important for clergy (27:00)

  • How her blog “Be a Soul Ninja” got started after a rejected book proposal, her approach to writing the blog and an excerpt from a blog post (32:39)

Meet Our Guest

Rahel Billups

Danielle Shroyer

Danielle spent over a decade in pastoral leadership and was a founding member of the emerging church movement. She speaks often across the country on issues of theology, faith, culture, and story, and she blogs at

Danielle is the author of Original Blessing: Putting Sin in its Rightful Place; Where Jesus Prayed: Illuminations on the Lord’s Prayer in the Holy Land; and The Boundary Breaking God: An Unfolding Story of Hope and Promise.

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