When we talk about the process of spiritual formation, we talk about coming to know God and ourselves better. We talk about journeying, loving, abiding, growing, and pruning. We can also talk about spiritual formation as a process of transformation or renewal.
It is a life-long process of following in the way of Jesus in order to become more like Jesus, grow in intimacy with Jesus, learn to share the message of Jesus, and increasingly participate in the Kingdom of renewal that Jesus proclaimed.
Unfortunately, too often our churches talk about spiritual formation or discipleship in a truncated fashion, but it is in fact a holistic process that involves head, heart, and hands.
Head: We renew our minds through study of and meditation on Scripture, Creeds, theology, and devotional writings.
Heart: We renew and enlarge our hearts by engaging in various spiritual disciplines, which allows us to enter into God’s very presence. This experience of God moves us from a posture of just knowing things about God to actually knowing God Himself and growing in intimacy with Him. It also involves a deeper self-awareness, growth in emotional maturity, healing from past wounds, and growing in the Fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Hands: We bring renewal to the world as we employ our hands (our time, talents, gifts, unique calling/vocation, and resources) for the benefit and blessing of others. This involves sharing the Gospel in word and deed – both through proclamation, as well as compassionate giving of oneself to others. The latter includes hospitality, listening, care-giving, empowerment of others, alleviation of needs, peacemaking, working for justice, and many other ways of serving.
On this Website, I will address each aspect of this spiritual formation process.
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