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Adult Formation

All adults are on a journey. For some, that journey leads from birth to death and no further. For others, who call themselves “Christian,” that journey is a dynamic and ever-developing growth toward wholeness in Christ. It is a process of our hearts, heads, and hands being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others. Loving God with one’s whole heart, soul, strength and mind, as well as loving one’s neighbor as oneself, is integral to this transformative process.

What is your role in this formative journey? Simply put, it is to “let go and let God have control.”  Where are you in releasing control to the gracious working of God’s spirit in your life? Reflect on the state of:


Growing in Giftedness

Experiences that encourage people to claim and develop their gifts, discern God’s call to them, and acquire the knowledge and skill needed to live out that call faithfully and effectively.

  • Bible study classes
  • Spiritual Gift Inventory (SGI) and spiritual gifts discernment groups
  • Opportunities to use spiritual gifts and personal talents
  • Equipping opportunities to develop skills and gain knowledge
  • Study/reflection groups on issues of faith and/or theology

 


Growing in Relationship

Experiences that encourage deepening one’s relationship to God, self, and others through personal and corporate spiritual disciplines

  • Worship
  • Prayer groups
  • Spiritual growth groups (small groups)
  • Seasonal reflection groups (Lent & Advent)
  • Spiritual-emphasis events (retreats, Lenten worship services)
  • Devotional booklets (Appointment with God or Upper Room)
  • Spiritual friendships (mentoring, spiritual direction, prayer partner)
  • Bible-based study and reflection groups

 


Growing in Service

Experiences that provide opportunities for people to live out their call and through that both deepen their relationship with Christ and become more effectively equipped to live as Christ’s disciples.

  • Mission trips
  • Service projects
  • Serving in a leadership role within the church
  • Local mission outreach
  • Community volunteer work
  • Understanding work, parenting, and other involvements from a perspective of ministry.

When all three aspects are attuned to God’s mission in the world, God is able to more effectively conform us.

Through Bible studies, ministry training, retreats, small groups, discipleship classes, and one-on-one spiritual guidance, the ministry of Christian Formation is committed to encourage, equip, and walk with you on the path toward wholeness in Christ.

Want some help in assessing where you are in your spiritual journey? Download the Spiritual Gifts Inventory (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet 112kb) and the Christian Formation Assessment Tool (Microsoft Word document, 251kb) and then contact Steve Booth, Associate Pastor, Christian Formation for conversation and spiritual direction.

 
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