Spiritual formation

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

Author
Paddy PP Wong
Abstract
A holistic spiritual formation journey includes knowing the revealed and hidden aspects of God with our minds and our hearts. This is integral to Christian formation and facilitating authentic spiritual transformation in the Christian life. Based on my personal experiences, Chinese evangelical churches have put a strong emphasis on teaching biblical knowledge and encouraging services in ministry and missions. There is a lack of putting the same emphasis on providing channels that guide congregants in nurturing deeper spiritual intimacy with God which leads to whole life transformation. This portfolio includes a spiritual autobiography (Chapter 2) that traces my own spiritual path from being nurtured through acquiring biblical knowledge to growing in my spiritual intimacy with God through applying ancient spiritual practices such as silence and solitude and spiritual companioning. 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
Christopher B English
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
Werner H De Jong
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.

Equipping selected members of First Baptist Church Thorp Spring, Granbury, Texas, with essential personal discipleship skills

Author
Melvin A McKinney
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected members of First Baptist Church Thorp Spring, Granbury, Texas, with essential personal discipleship skills. To accomplish this the project director first conducted research in the area of spiritual formation. From this research he identified six spiritual disciplines that he deemed essential to effective spiritual formation, namely Scripture intake, prayer, worship, confession, service, and witness. He then created a curriculum comprised of seven sessions, covering the concept of discipline and each of the six identified spiritual disciplines. He implemented the curriculum in six one-hour meetings of the course of six weeks. Those who participated in implementation engaged the curriculum five times during each week for periods of 20 to 30 minutes to design personalized strategies for engaging the disciplines.

Spiritual formation for youths through Lectio Divina, spiritual journal, centering prayer focusing on youth ministry of Wonju First Methodist Church

Author
Won Jueng Lee
Abstract
In this paper the author shows understanding of adolescence as an important period for youth spiritual formation. Christian spirituality is an intimate encounter with God, the source of change and maturity as a gift of God 's grace. Spiritual formation is a lifelong process, and adolescence is a valuable time to prepare for the spiritual formation. In Korean society, however, youths are suffering from spiritual and psychological poverty due to the college entrance exam-centered educational system and losing the opportunity of spiritual formation. Therefore the author presents three spiritual disciplines which are Lectio Divina, Spiritual Journaling, and the Centering Prayer for intimate encounters with God, spiritual satisfaction, and aiming to taking after Jesus Christ.

Developing a Spiritual Formation Strategy for the Ministry Volunteers of Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro, Arkansas

Author
Justin Carles Arbuckle
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a spiritual formation strategy for the ministry volunteers at Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro, Arkansas. The project director identified key components of spiritual development in regard to ministry leaders and volunteers. This project examined academic standards of spiritual formation. The project director selected a strategy team that assisted in the development of the plan for Central Baptist Church. The strategy accomplished four primary goals. The project director inspected the current state of spiritual formation as well as academic standards in the area of spiritual formation. The research, as well as interviews with the principal ministry leaders, aided in the development of a spiritual formation strategy that the team developed and presented to the staff of Central Baptist Church for approval and/or endorsement, The project director engaged multiple methods of evaluation including expert evaluation, research, and surveys. The completed project gave Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro, AR, and their ministries a plan focusing on the immediate action steps as well as developing a long-range vision for incorporating spiritual formation principles in every ministry.
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