Appearances Can be Deceiving But Spiritual Formation is Reality

spiritual formation May 13, 2019

By all appearances, I should have known something about Christian spiritual formation. From birth to 35 years of age, my spiritual pedigree included the grace of having had two Christian parents, weekly church attendance and participation, conversion and baptism at eight years of age, a bachelor degree from a conservative Christian college, bi-vocational experience in the ministry, and ordination in the ministry both as a deacon and minister. 

But appearances can be deceiving.

Besides my spiritual pedigree, I added spiritual exercises including prayer and Bible study. Still, I remained unchanged.

Despite sincerity and good intentions, I knew nothing of Christian spiritual formation. To put it more succinctly, I knew nothing of how to be more like Christ. 

Spiritual Formation Is Reality 

Some time ago, I discovered that spiritual formation is a reality. Every person is an eternal spirit being formed into what he or she will be forever. This ongoing process can be...

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22 Characteristics of Recovery-Friendly Churches

church recovery Aug 11, 2018
  1. Recovery (from sin) is a resource for everybody – not just those who have addictions.
  2. There is ongoing promotion of recovery opportunities, with posters, printed announcements, emails, and announcements via slides during worship services.
  3. There are separate small-group options for men and women.
  4. There is a stated policy on confidentiality, and consequences for breaking confidence.
  5. Whole-person, Christ-centered recovery is promoted and discussed in community groups, Sunday School classes, and even sermons.
  6. One or more of the pastors oversee the church’s recovery ministry.
  7. Pastors are appropriately transparent about their own personal recovery.
  8. The church has a referral network of Christian professionals in the area.
  9. The church sponsors a counseling ministry, either in part or in full.
  10. The church makes professional counseling services available for free, on a sliding scale basis, or at a discount for those who cannot afford therapy.
  11. The recovery ministry offers...
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