Frederick P Schenker
Spiritual formation in mainline denominations has fallen on hard times. Research agencies such as the Search Institute have rated Lutherans lowest in the areas of faith maturity and growth in faith maturity among Protestant denominations. Such studies indicate a lack of integration of faith understanding into holy living. The author's thesis utilizes Martin Luther's formative approach to the catechism and Adrian van Kaam's formation science to facilitate the integration of belief and faith practice for Lutherans as well as other faith traditions. The author has designed a six-week course to put this thesis into practice. After completing the course, participants in the study group showed stronger integration in their beliefs and lifestyles.