Grace Leads to Joy: Spiritual Formation and the Examen

Full Title
Grace Leads to Joy:
Spiritual Formation and the Examen
The purpose of this portfolio was to study how best to lead church
congregants in Christian spiritual discernment toward spiritual formation. This
portfolio begins with the author’s spiritual autobiography and with that
knowledge the model of spiritual formation was developed. The spiritual model
can be pictured using an image of a wheel where Christ is placed at the hub (the
center) of one’s life and is connected to all the spokes (or parts) of one’s life. The
model works to encourage people to move Christ closer to the center of their
lives, where they can live and have their being in their “true selves,” as God’s will
Using this model of spiritual formation, a field research project was
developed to help spiritually form the spiritual leaders of the Oakridge
Presbyterian Church congregation towards a greater unity in Christ. Using the
Examen as a spiritual practice helped guide participants to focus and be
intentional about noticing God’s presence in all things and therefore helping to
keep Christ as the centre of their life. The field research component helped
determine how the congregation’s spiritual leaders had deepened their awareness
of the presence of God in daily life.
Degree Granting Institution
Degree Granted
Doctor of Ministry
Type of Work
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