Spiritual formation

An Impact Study of a Ministry of Full Reconciliation Between the Sacred and Secular

Author
Steven M Hall
Abstract
This project's purpose was to impact the spiritual formation of participants from Heritage Community Church in Severn, Maryland by increasing their awareness of the essential need to reconcile the physical witht he spiritual through an eight-week course. The design of the project included the administration of Pre- and Post-test assessments. The results of the course revealed that the participants had little understanding of the physical and spiritual divide. Upon increasign this awareness and offering interventions to better reconcile the physical and spiritual through the course, participants reported the impact being a more sensible, satisfying and holistic experience of spiritual formation.

The discovery of journeying with others in pastoral care after formational prayer training

Author
Alesia M Johnson
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover to what extent formational prayer training was being integrated into the pastoral care skills of a select group of ministry leaders. The design of the project included a quantitative and qualitative survey that assessed the level to which integration was executed. Upon completion of analyzing the data, success with integration of the protocols was revealed, with goal six being most prominent -- the participants understanding the purpose of training in formational prayer. The participants shared their level of positive impact as well as some of the challenges with the model of care.

The discovery of journeying with others in pastoral care after formational prayer training

Author
Alesia M Johnson
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover to what extent formational prayer training was being integrated into the pastoral care skills of a select group of ministry leaders. The design of the project included a quantitative and qualitative survey that assessed the level to which integration was executed. Upon completion of analyzing the data, success with integration of the protocols was revealed, with goal six being most prominent--the participants understanding the purpose of training in formational prayer. The participants shared their level of positive impact as well as some of the challenges with the model of care.

A Holistic Spiritual Formation Model for Selected Chinese Evangelical Churches in the G.T.A

Author
Paddy PP Wong
Abstract
Chapter 3 provides a holistic formation model for Chinese evangelical churches and features four types of Christian spirituality: cognitive spirituality, experiential spirituality, contemplative spirituality, and societal regeneration spirituality. Chapter 4 uses the practice of group spiritual direction in a qualitative research project to determine whether the practice nurtures spiritual transformation of Chinese evangelical Christians. The results from the project affirmed that group spiritual direction did deepen the participants' spiritual intimacy with God and with other believers as well as their commitment to practicing the spiritual disciplines.

Staying at home a small group spiritual formation project

Author
Stephen M Christner
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to impact the spiritual formation of small group participants through the reflection upon Henri Nouwen's The Return of the Prodigal Son. Project participants met for four two-hour sessions to discuss the weekly reading and their responses to the process questions. Participants were given a pre-test and post-test questionnaire to measure the impact of the reading upon their spiritual growth. The data indicates the project impacted the spiritual formation of small group participants in the areas of: prayer, contemplatin on the characters in story, identity as the Beloved of God, and celebration of God's blessings.

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Author
John E Anderson
Abstract
Shame is a core issue in every personal and interpersonal struggle and weakens identity in Christ. This phenomenological, qualitative study presents a curriculum that addresses shame and equips in contemplative prayer, scripture meditation, and soul care relationships to develop shame resilience. Twelve men and women participated in a spiritual formation group and retreat. All reported a noticeable and transformative increase in shame resiliance, and the ability to develop ongoing resilience strategies. A grounded component theory - supplementing Brown's Shame Resiliance Theory with theory of Christ's Atonement - lays a foundation for developing a transferable, biblical, and gospel-centered model of shame resilience.

Spiritual Formation Shaped by the Potter's Hands Exploring the Impact of Spiritual Friendships in Small Groups Using Lectio Divina

Author
Hubert P Wu
Abstract
Based on phenomenological research, findings suggest that spiritual companionship, enhanced through individuals' shared practice of particular spiritual disciplines, deepens the spiritual growth of members of small groups within a congregation. In particular, a storied way of Lectio Divina successfully cultivates a deeper relationship with God, and an increased sensitivity to God's work in individual lives. As group members, ranging from new believers to mature Christ followers, share these life stories with one another, spiritual companionship deepens. In turn, this deepened spiritual companionship encourages mutual edification toward Christlikeness, and provides further contribution to a greater understanding of discipleship within the congregation.

Adventures in spiritual formation exploring God's grace, intentional human response, and growth from the Holy Spirit

Author
Jong Werner De
Abstract
The author explored spiritual formation as the adventure of becoming like Jesus, with emphasis on how disciples make progress on this journey. The research portfolio includes three projects: the author's spiritual autobiography, which narrates a quest for God through a search for identity and love; the author's philosophy of spiritual formation, viewed through the lens of Anabaptism; and a research project into mutual accountability. The conclusions are that the journey of spiritual formation is initiated and supported by God's grace, with which disciples cooperate by faith, upon which the Holy Spirit blesses Jesus' followers with growth into his likeness.

Spiritual formation and the engagement of incarnational practices

Author
Michael P Marette
Abstract
This project sought to impact the spiritual formation of two groups of Christian disciples at Grace Summit Community Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio by engaging in a rhythm of incarnational practices. The project was designed to impact the participants' spiritual formation by teaching them how to practice ancient incarnational disciplines in both their personal context and in their daily routines. The results of the project revealed that when participants practiced the specific incarnational disciplines they experienced a greater degree of spiritual formation. Participants also discovered new spiritual practices that helped them enter God's presence more deeply.

Spiritual Formation Equipping Members in the Development of a Personal Growth Plan

Author
Steven Robert Irvin
Abstract
People are more likely to grow spiritually when they have a plan. This project was an attempt to help believers implement practices that would help them become more like Jesus. Through the support, encouragement, and accountability that came through a small group environment, participants learned how to practice historical spiritual spiritual disciplines, identify those they believed would be most helpful for their Christian growth, and developed a plan to incorporate these into their lives. Through implementing their own personal growth plan, participants became more intentional about becoming more like Jesus.
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