Working Definitions of Spiritual Formation from the Research Team

The Research Team came up with these definitions of Spiritual Formation during our second session.

Spiritual formation is to form my life, my daily thoughts and actions, always at least trying to be aware of the Holy Spirit and ever-present Father. Not just when I’m doing church things, but in my thoughts, words, and actions so that one day it will be me and part of me without needing to think of it, forming my very being by the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

A development of an intimate, personal relationship with God as demonstrated in our everyday lives.

A practice to develop a foundation to understand a power greater than ourselves that shapes our core beliefs.

How the Spirit manifests itself within me, and then presents itself from me to the world through action and word. It’s not a command to do that, but that it’s built up inside us so much that we just have to let it out. Because, we want the world to have what we have.

It’s a process and a journey of spiritual growth and maturity in our relationship with the Trinity, and with our walk with the Lord, that results in a discerning of God’s call for us, and answering God’s call for commitment of action.

The process of maturing in our faith through an ever-increasing awareness of our own spiritual relationship with God in conjunction with our relationships with people around us.

A process and journey of growing and maturing in our relationship with the Triune God and with those around us that results in a discerning of God’s call through commitment and action.

An initial recognition that we need God to fill the void in our Spirit and a continual surrendering to God which leads to a manifestation within us, and presents itself from us, to the world through action and word.

The development of an intimate, personal relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as demonstrated in my thoughts, words, and actions so this relationship will become an integral part of me.