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Spiritual Formation: Life with God for the Life of the World

August 9, 2017 @ 10:30 am - November 1, 2017 @ 11:30 am CDT

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This introductory* course is intended to underscore the central importance of spiritual formation in any effort to seek the common good. Far from a merely inward spiritual preoccupation, we will learn about the necessity of the transformation of our souls. A case will be made for the formation of character and virtue so that we are developing the kind of people who naturally love and serve their neighbors through their work. Shifting discipleship from primarily the acquisition of knowledge to the formation of people’s inner lives is the necessary antidote to false religious performance.

We will explore themes that help congregational leaders form apprentices of Jesus that want to steward their vocational power in service of others. We will reframe understandings of discipleship, the gospel, and spiritual practices in ways that are crucial for the church to live faithfully into its calling to “shalomify” our communities.

Join Geoff Hsu, executive director of Flourish San Diego, as he shares from his work focused on the gospel, its proclamation, and its transformative impact in the lives of Christians and its subsequent renewing, redeeming, and restorative influence on the world at large.

This free series will take place from 10:30-11:30 AM CST via a Zoom meeting on August 9, September 6, October 11 and November 1. We welcome your tax-deductible donation to continue the ministry of Made to Flourish.

*Introductory – This course will introduce you to basic concepts of faith, work, and economics (FWE) theology and practice.

A Zoom Meeting link for this event will be emailed to you one week prior to the virtual workshop. If you do not already have a Zoom account, please visit zoom.us to set-up your free account.

Course Materials

Required (Note: This book will be provided at no additional cost and mailed to the home address you provide at registration):

  1. Dwell: Life with God for the World – Barry D. Jones


  1. Renovation of the Heart – Dallas Willard
  2. Sacred Rhythms – Ruth Haley Barton
  3. The Gift of Being Yourself – David G. Benner
  4. The Road Back to You – Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile

Course Objectives & Participant Commitment

As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define spiritual formation and its crucial role in seeking the common good.
  2. Articulate a “framework for flourishing” that facilitates vocational stewardship.
  3. Evaluate personal practices and priorities for congruence with forming people into their vocations.

The success of this course is heavily dependent upon the investment that each participant makes to the learning process. While recognizing that pastors are busy and often experience interruptions to their schedule that are beyond their control, participants are asked to make a good faith commitment that they will be fully engaged as part of this learning community. This means that they will try to attend all the online workshops and to complete all of the readings and/or assignments. It is estimated that this course will require 1 hour of work per session outside of the online workshops. Because class size is limited to 30 participants, it is especially important for each participant to honor the group identity that is formed by each participant’s contributions and participation.

Course Schedule

Join us for a 4-session virtual workshop, involving a live classroom setting, reflective exercises, and a customized plan of action. All sessions are held online via Zoom Meeting on Wednesday mornings, 10:30-11:30 AM CST.

August 9 – Formation for Mission
This session will help participants understand and value spiritual formation in a “faith, work, and economics” approach of seeking the common good. We will explore a framework to connect formation and vocation with God’s redemptive agenda for the world. Participants will assess their own journey of formation into Christlikeness.

September 6 – Mission of Formation
This session will focus on how our churches can facilitate the formation of our people into their callings. An approach toward discipleship in today’s world will be offered providing opportunity to reflect on our pastoral practices and priorities.

October 11 – Formation Through Rhythm
This session will focus on the role of spiritual disciplines and how a Rule of Life will shape and sustain our life with God for the life of the world. Participants will be encouraged to reflect and to fashion a Rule of Life.

November 1 – Discussions of Rules of Life
This session will include some teaching time and/or serve as interactive feedback for pastors & their action plans. We will end the session with a benediction.


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August 9, 2017 @ 10:30 am CDT
November 1, 2017 @ 11:30 am CDT
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