Spiritual Formation & Soul Care
Rev. Dr. Care Crawford explains Spiritual Formation
The church has done a good job telling people what to “do for God,” but we have not done a good job teaching people how to “be with God.” Spiritual formation draws upon the Scriptures, spiritual disciplines, and lessons of the early and contemporary church to help people on that inward journey to be with Christ, hear from the Holy Spirit, and receive God’s love.
Christian spiritual formation is the ongoing process in which we are shaped and formed into the person God created and intended us to be (Galatians 4:19). It is part of the journey of a disciple who follows Jesus. It demands a different approach which is not concerned with programs that are instruction-based and focused on information about God, but rather are invitations for the formation of our spiritual heart.
As such…in the context of the church, spiritual formation will not be loud, ‘splashy,’ or concerned about how many people fill the chairs of a classroom…it will ideally be quieter, gentler, embracing God’s presence and creation, and concerned more with what fills people’s hearts.
Our department offers a variety of ways for one to learn and practice the art of spiritual formation through events and conferences (see below).
God is the true guide and director, while the human Spiritual Director is like a coach or a midwife, assisting you in noticing and responding to the inner voice of God and movement in your life. Please visit our Spiritual Direction page for more information on connecting with a Spiritual Director and/or learning how to become one yourself.
Blessings on your journey,
Rev. Dr. Care Crawford
Pastor of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care
Spiritual Direction is the art of Christian conversation and listening carried out in the context of a trusting relationship.Spiritual Direction is a conversation of the heart and uses all our human faculties (intuition, emotion, imagination, senses, and intellect) to discern God’s presence and will for you, as you understand it. A Spiritual Director seeks to listen with you for the voice of God and to help you notice God’s movement in your life.
All Shall Be Well Conference – Save The Date!
An All-Day Conference to Refresh Your Soul
Saturday, February 6, 2021
8:30 am–5 pm
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Tod Bolsinger
Check back here for registration information.