What is Spiritual Formation?

Spiritual Formation is the act of being transformed into the likeness and image of Jesus Christ.


Into the likeness of Jesus

Richard J. Foster defines spiritual formation as this, “The Christian idea of spiritual formation is, very simply, the formation and conformation and transformation of the human personality — body, mind, and spirit — into the likeness of Jesus Christ.”

Spiritual Formation is really a journey we are on our entire life.

Sometimes we may struggle to believe in a God and sometimes we find ourselves stagnant in our relationship with God when we do believe. All of this is part of Spiritual Formation and what I’ve found to be true is that spiritual formation is an invitation to go deeper into knowing and believing our Triune God.

Let me just address the elephant in the room….we never “arrive” at fully spiritually formed, not this side of heaven anyway. It’s a lifelong journey.

Helpful resources

02. Aritcle

Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation

by Ruth Haley Barton

03. Podcast

Annie F. Downs That Sounds Fun Podcast : Episode 429

John Mark Comer on Spiritual Formation