Spiritual Formation

5 Day Academy for Spiritual FormationArizona Five Day Academy for Spiritual Formation

October 25-30, 2015

Spiritual renewal, rest, and thoughtful reflection await. The daily rhythm of solitude and community restore our humanity and trust in God. Lay and clergy are invited to attend; scholarships are available. Click here to find out more and to register.


Labyrinth at The Gathering

What is Spiritual Formation?

Forming a basic definition of spiritual formation is no simple feat. It's a fluid concept, with a wide range of accepted meanings and applications.

In broad terms, spiritual formation is the process of spiritual shaping and growth. It's a reference to the dynamic means of sanctification. It deals with the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit and the various methods God uses to bring about spiritual growth in our lives.

On one hand, there are the time-tested, practical Christian disciplines we are familiar with-things like personal and corporate Bible study, worship, prayer, discipleship, and service.

Remember - God is PresentOn the other hand, many of the leading voices in the spiritual formation movement stress the need for more intuitive interpretations of spirituality. They encourage believers to incorporate a wide variety of extra-biblical spiritual practices, such as contemplative prayer, silence, meditation, and creative expression.

All true spiritual growth starts with the preeminent role of God's Word in the lives of God's people. A good place to start would be John Wesley's notes on how to read scripture.

The Spiritual Formation Team for the Desert Southwest Conference has created a short list of resources on this website that you may find helpful for you and your church. For more information, contact the chairperson of the Spiritual Formation Team, Rev. Rula Colvin at revru@aol.com.

Resources for spiritual formation are available at the three links below.