Christian Formation

Christian Formation

Thomas Merton once said, "The spiritual life is first of all a life. It is not merely something to be known and studied, it is to be lived." As Christians, we are called to live faithfully as men, women, children, parents, workers, artists, neighbors, and in every other area of our lives.

Through our Christian Formation ministry, we seek to encourage faithful Christian living. By using a variety of classes, groups, and forums, we will pursue transformation of the whole person into the image of Christ by cultivating knowledge of the Bible and theology, fostering the use of Christian practices, and encouraging the development of Christian character.

We've had enough of pragmatists and self-seeking risk-takers.

We need people of character.

—-N.T. Wright

Bible and Theology
We want to cultivate knowledge of the Bible and theology. However, this is not simply an intellectual pursuit. We desire to learn the Bible and theology so that we may live more faithfully as participants in God's story of redemption.

Christian Practices
We want to foster the use of Christian practices. Praying, fasting, reading the Bible, finding solitude, and serving are some of the means by which we experience and grow in God's grace.

Christian Character
Finally, we want to encourage the development of Christian character because who we are informs how we live. By processing our stories, considering the places we occupy in the world, and developing an understanding of the gospel and its application to life, we learn how to cultivate a decidedly Christian character like Jesus'.

New Christian Formation Series - Starts January 22

To many of us, the Bible can be daunting and seemingly impossible to understand. Or, for others, we can become so familiar with the story of God that it becomes somewhat disconnected from the reality of our day-to-day lives. God’s story is a compelling description of the reality of our human existence, and it is has everything to do with our life here and now. During this 10-week class, Understanding and Living God’s Story: Connecting our Head and Heart, John Haralson and Debbie Smith will re-tell the big story of God and connect the story to the practical issues and questions we face as we live the other six days of the week. This will be a great class for people who are new to faith as well as those who have been a Christian all their life!