Spiritual Formation & Soul Care

Spiritual Formation & Soul Care

"...until Christ is formed in you." Galatians 4:19.



What is Spiritual Formation?

The church has done a good job telling people what to "do for God," but we have not done a good job teaching people how to "be with God." Spiritual formation draws upon the Scriptures, spiritual disciplines, and lessons of the early and contemporary church to help people on that inward journey to be with Christ, hear from the Holy Spirit, and receive God's love.

It demands a different approach which is not concerned with programs that are instruction-based and focused on information about God, but rather are invitations for the formation of our spiritual heart.

As the context of the church, spiritual formation will not be loud, 'splashy,' or concerned about how many people fill the chairs of a will ideally be quieter, gentler, embracing God's presence and creation, and concerned more with what fills people's hearts.

Blessings on your journey,
Care Crawford
Pastor of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care.




From Latin, Lectio Divina means 'divine reading.' An ancient art, lectio divina is a slow and contemplative way of praying the Scriptures that enables God's Word to come alive in new ways, inviting you into a deeper experience of knowing the Scriptures. In this lectio group you will meet with others to listen to a particular text in Scripture. Through a process of reading, reflecting, responding, and resting with the Biblical text, we have opportunity to share how God is speaking. Registration required.  

The Lectio Group is a 6-week group where participants are expected to attend each week. If you are not able to commit to the 6 weeks, please contact our Soul Care Department. 

Where :: Bel Air Church | Fireside Room
When :: Thursdays, March 2 - April 6, 2017 | 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Contact :: [email soulcare]
Registration :: 





Join us as we explore Renaissance & Reformation: German Arts in the Age of Durer and Cranach. We will take time to encounter the art, discuss the invitations that come from it, and have an interactive tour of the exhibit.

Where :: Los Angeles County Museum of Art- LACMA
When :: Monday, March 6 11am-2pm
Cost :: $15 for Adults. $10 for Seniors (65+) & Students (with valid ID)
Tickets :: Purchase tickets online at
Registration :: 

Meet by the ticket booth next to Urban Light (the sculpture with all of the light posts). Please have museum entrance tickets already purchased.





Learn the rhythms of discipleship that come from St Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer. We will reflect on the invitations to follow, love, and live obediently in our journey with Christ.

In this noisy and over scheduled world it's important to set aside times of silence and solitude to better hear God's voice. Unplug from technology and do what Jesus did: come away and learn the unforced rhythms of grace.We will put our full focus on Christ for a weekend of guided teachings, reflections, and time spent in God's beautiful creation. Join others in the community of silence as we head to Saint Andrew's Abbey in Valyermo for a weekend retreat.


Where :: St. Andrew's Abbey | Valyermo, CA 
When :: Friday, March 17 at 4pm - Sunday, March 19 at 2pm. 
Contact ::
Registration :: 
Cost :: Cost for a shared room is $215/person. Single rooms will be available only if space allows.






Christian yoga combines two goals: becoming physically healthy and spiritually healthy. Our bodies are a gift from God for God. When the body participates fully in our spiritual journey, our relationship with God the creator is expanded and enriched. We become more spiritually healthy through stretching and yoga by calming our minds and quieting ourselves to the point that we can tune out the world's frequency and tune into God. Bring a yoga mat and a friend! 

Where :: Bel Air Church 
When ::Monday morning @ 10a (DC 101, 102) | Tuesday evening @ 6:30p (Sanctuary) 
Contact ::
Registration ::  Childcare is available in the Monday morning class for children 5 and under. Registration required.



Lenten Events:

Seven Last Words is a contemplative, interactive, self-directed experience incorporating art, music, scripture, guided meditations, and various spiritual disciplines. It is structured so that you can move through the stations at your own pace, allowing ample time to reflect at each station. To fully engage in Seven Last Words, plan to spend a couple of hours moving from station to station. Because the experience is conducted in silence, we ask that parents make other arrangements for young children. No registration necessary. We look forward to seeing you there!

When: Monday, April 10, 2017
Time: 10am-9pm
Where: DC 102/103

Stations of the Cross
Come journey to the cross as you see pictures, read Scripture, and contemplate Christ’s passion.

When::Thursday, April 13, 2017| 8:30pm–10pm & Friday April 14, 2017| 9am–5pm







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