What is Spiritual Formation?

What is Spiritual Formation?
It is always good to begin with a definition. Here are a few to get us started:

  • “Spiritual formation is a process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others.” (M. Robert Mulholland Jr., Invitation to a Journey)
  • Mulholland also states, “Spiritual formation is a loving relationship with God that shapes our being rather than a technique or method or program for self-improvement.”
  • “Spiritual formation for the Christian basically refers to the Spirit-driven process of forming the inner world of the human self in such a way that it becomes like the inner being of Christ himself.” (Dallas Willard, Renovation of the Heart)
  • “Christian spiritual formation refers to the intentional communal process of growing in our relationship with God and becoming conformed to Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.” (James C. Wilhoit, Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered)

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