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.
Christian spiritual formation is the ongoing process in which we are shaped and formed into the person God created and intended us to be (Galatians 4:19). It is part of the journey of a disciple who follows Jesus. 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 such...in the context of the church, spiritual formation will not be loud, 'splashy,' or concerned about how many people fill the chairs of a classroom...it will ideally be quieter, gentler, embracing God's presence and creation, and concerned more with what fills people's hearts.
Our department offers a variety of ways for one to learn and practice the art of spiritual formation through events and conferences (see below). Learn more about spiritual formation during Bel Air's GROW hour- Learn. Be. Do.- from 10-10:45am most Sunday mornings starting June 18. 2017. Our department is heading up the Be portion and welcome you to join!
God is the true guide and director, while the human spiritual director is like a coach or a midwife, assisting you in noticing and responding to the inner voice of God and movement in your life. Please visit our spiritual direction page for more information on connecting with a spiritual director and/or learning how to become one yourself.
Blessings on your journey,
Pastor of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care.
Questions about Spiritual Formation & Soul Care? Contact :: email@example.com
Soul Care Events
Men and women are welcome to all Soul Care events!
PRACTICE CENTERING PRAYER
Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing and thinking. This is a prayer is that both builds a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.
Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active types of prayer into a receptive prayer of resting in and with God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2 or 3 Wednesday mornings per month > 10:30–11:30 a.m. > Evans Chapel
Upcoming dates: July 18, August 15 & 29, September 12 & 26, October 10 & 24, November 7 & 21, December 5 & 19
Also 2 or 3 Wednesday evenings per month > 7–8 p.m. > Evans Chapel
Upcoming dates: August 8 & 22, September 5 & 19, October 3, 17, & 31, November 14 & 28, December 12
If it's your first time joining us, please arrive 15 minutes before for brief explanation, or email Jenni Moon.
All Shall Be Well Conference
An All-Day Conference to Refresh Your Soul
Saturday, February 9, 2019 > Bel Air Campus > Stay tuned for details.
CHRIST IN THE ARTS
A day of reflection- an opportunity to connect art and spiritual formation. We will take time to encounter the art, discuss the invitations that come from it, and have an interactive tour of the exhibit. Art is viewed at an off-campus location and typically occurs three times each year.
St. Augustine once said of life’s concerns, “it is solved by walking…” There are many reasons to walks the labyrinth; some seek solace, clarity, and insights from the Lord. Some walk in hopes of praying through a problem and seeking resolution, some for the rhythms that come and the way they are met by God in the walking. Whether this sacred path is new to you or you have walked a labyrinth before, find the welcome of its pilgrimage. Let the spirit of God walk with you.
LECTIO DIVINA BIBLE EXPERIENCE (Divine Reading)
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.
SELAH (QUIET DAY)
Pause. Rest. Reflect. A quiet day for your soul. A half-day of soul refreshment and reflecting. Experience quiet individual time as well as group reflection and sharing. Join us for a half-day of soul refreshment reflecting on God's unwavering commitment to us, completing what He's begun in us. Experience quiet individual time as well as group reflection and sharing. Typically held a few times a year in various locations.
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.Silent retreats are typically held three times each year- Spring, Fall, and Advent at Saint Andrew's Abbey in Valyermo, CA.
SOUL FLOW CHRIST-CENTERED YOGA & PRAYER
Please check back for date updates.
Men & Women welcome! 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. The practice is hatha yoga- physical yoga poses (asana) combined with breathing (pranayama) which is a practice to calm the mind and body for deeper meditation and prayer. Classes are led by a certified yoga instructor, Michelle Mirkovich. A gift donation is appreciated but not required to attend. Enjoy Christian worship music, scripture readings, and prayers during your practice. Bring a yoga mat and a friend!
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Enhance Holy Week with this contemplative practice, offered the Thursday and Friday before Easter. Come journey to the cross as you see pictures, read Scripture, and contemplate Christ’s passion. Come at any time, stay as long as you need to within the event hours.
Men and women are welcome to all Soul Care events!
Questions about future Soul Care events? Contact :: email@example.com
What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual Direction is the art of Christian conversation and listening carried out in the context of a trusting relationship.Spiritual Direction is a conversation of the heart and uses all our human faculties (intuition, emotion, imagination, senses, and intellect) to discern God’s presence and will for you, as you understand it. A Spiritual Director seeks to listen with you for the voice of God and to help you notice God’s movement in your life.
To learn more about these visit the Spiritual Direction page by clicking on a topic below:
Questions about Spiritual Direction? Contact :: firstname.lastname@example.org