Formation: A movement that has provided a platform and
a channel through which contemplative prayer is entering
the church. Find spiritual formation being used, and in
nearly every case you will find contemplative spirituality.
In fact, contemplative spirituality is the heartbeat of
the spiritual formation movement.
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who are teaching "spiritual formation" believe we cannot
be "deep" Christians without it.
Willard Comments on Spiritual Formation
"The more advanced they are in the process of spiritual formation,
the greater and more pervasive will be their spirituality."
the viewpoint of those responsible to lead in Christ's program
of making students from all ethnic groupings, immersing them in
the reality of the triune name, and teaching them to do all things
he has commanded us (Matt. 28:19-28), Christian spiritual formation
is simply indispensable."from
Idaho Springs Inquiries Concerning Spiritual Formation
we think of spiritual formation as formation by the Holy Spirit.
Once again. That's essential. We can't evade it--formation by
the Holy Spirit. But now I have to say something that may be challenging
for you to think about: Spiritual formation is not all by the
Holy Spirit. None without the Holy Spirit. But there's always
more involved. And here again we run into the problems of passivity
over against activity. Here lies the deepest challenge to the
very idea obedience to Christ in our times. We have to recognize
that spiritual formation in us is something that is also done
to us by those around us, by ourselves, and by activities which
we voluntarily undertake ...There has to be method." from
Spiritual Formation, What is it and How is it Done? by Dallas
Warren on Spiritual Formation
"From time to time God has raised up a parachurch movement
to reemphasize a neglected purpose of the church... The
Discipleship. Spiritual Formation Movement. A reemphasis
on developing believers to full maturity has been the focus
... authors such as ... Richard
Foster and Dallas Willard have underscored the importance of building up Christians
and establishing personal spiritual disciplines.... [this]
movement has a valid message for the church...[it] has
given the body a wake-up call. Rick Warren,
Purpose Driven Church, p. 126.
Haley Barton on Spiritual Formation
Former Associate Director
of Spiritual Formation at
Willow Creek Community Church
few years ago, I began to recognize an inner chaos in my soul
. . . No matter how much I prayed, read the Bible, and listened
to good teaching, I could not calm the internal roar created by
questions with no answers." "Beyond
Words: Experience God's presence in silence and solitude "
sought out a spiritual director, someone well versed in the ways
of the soul ... eventually this wise woman said to me, ... "What you
need is stillness and silence so that the sediment can settle
and the water can become clear.' ... I decided to accept this invitation
to move beyond my addiction to words."
Specialties on Spiritual Formation
1996, two Christian organizations, Youth Specialties and San
Francisco Theological Seminary (Presbyterian Church, USA), teamed
together to develop an approach to youth ministry that incorporates
contemplative practices. In 1997, the Project received a grant
from the Lilly Endowment to test a "spiritual formation
Author of the Spiritual
now enough water has gone under the Christian Spiritual Formation
bridge that we can give some assessment of where we have come
and what yet needs to be done. When I first began writing in
the field in the late 70s and early 80s the term "Spiritual
Formation" was hardly known, except for highly specialized
references in relation to the Catholic orders. Today it is a
rare person who has not heard the term. Seminary courses in
Spiritual Formation proliferate like baby rabbits. Huge numbers
are seeking to become certified as Spiritual Directors to answer
the cry of multiplied thousands for spiritual direction. And
Formation, A Pastoral Letter by Richard Foster
"The next reformation is due. It will focus on what it means to
know God with a power that changes who we are and how we relate.
I predict the Spiritual Formation Forum will play a vital role
in the Spirit's next great movement." Larry
Crabb, The Association of Christian Counselors
"The Practice offers Saturday morning meetings which provide
a rhythm of worship, teaching on a particular spiritual discipline
and time to experience or "practice" that discipline. This practice
time allows participants to get a fuller understanding of how
to incorporate the discipline in their daily lives." Spiritual Formation at Willow Creek