Defining Spiritual Formation

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Spiritual formation isn’t new; it’s only been lost for a while.

                                          –Dallas Willard,
Leadership Journal (Summer 2005)

Defining spiritual formation
is a free, four-session course
designed to help individuals and small groups
to better understand
the ancient yet contemporary process
of how we come to mature in the Christian life.

Students can expect four lessons (each taking 1-2 hours) involving…

  • A video presentation
  • Supplemental readings
  • Exercises (aimed at bridging head and heart)
  • Discussion Board interactions

Session themes/foci include:

  • A [Positive] Definition of Spiritual Formation
  • Clarifying Spiritual Formation: Defining What it is Not
  • Acknowledging Some of the Tensions Embedded in Spiritual Formation (with an especial focus on God’s Part vs Our Part in Salvation and Spiritual Formation)
  • A High-Level Map of the Spiritual Formation Journey

The following video has been prepared to give a more personal orientation to the broad strokes of this course and desired outcomes…


  • Day 1: What Spiritual Formation is Not...
  • Day 2: Dancing with Elements of Spiritual Formation
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  • Day 3: A Classic Definition of Spiritual Formation
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  • Day 4: Ancient Wisdome
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  • Day 5: Working on Your Own Defintion
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