Teaching Spiritual Formation in the Congregation
“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come to behold the face of God?” (Psalm 43:2).
So wrote the psalmist long ago, but the words are easily our own. We too thirst for God. We are hungry for a deeper, more intimate relationship with God. Interest in spiritual formation is often related to our individual lives. We search for ways to grow closer to God through a variety of spiritual practices and may seek out others committed to the spiritual journey. But we often are unable to take the next step which is to create a community dedicated to spiritual formation.
March 30 – April 4, Jane Vennard and the participants of the Teaching Spiritual Formation in the Congregation class will explore and engage a variety of practical ways for building such a community by teaching spiritual formation in our congregations.
“In our time together,” Vennard says, “we will begin by discussing what we mean by spiritual formation and envision what it might look like in a congregation. We will experience practices that guide our own spiritual formation, and find ways to share these disciplines with others. We will look closely and compassionately at our own churches to discern their needs for spiritual growth. And, we will discuss specific methods for introducing spiritual formation and eliciting commitments from our congregations.”
The course will be experiential including prayer, small groups, individual reflection, and silence as well as presentations and discussion. You will begin your own teaching plan and have the opportunity to share your ideas with other participants so as to learn from one another.
You are invited to join the conversation.