It sounds cool, like something you’d want. But what exactly is spiritual formation? The Apostle Paul puts it this way: “until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ…we are to grow up every way into Him who is the head, into Christ” (Ephesians 4:13, 15). The theological word for spiritual formation is sanctification. It is the lifelong process of God’s work in us through His Spirit that makes us mature in Christ. It is cool! But how does it happen?
We believe spiritual formation is a fluid process with a divinely intended purpose that happens most effectively in community with one another. Thus it has four parts: it is primarily spiritual, it is a process, it is purposeful, and it happens within the context of community.